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Brief Bio

Aaron Brown has worked in the community mental health field for over a decade in a variety of roles. Before beginning the Ph.D. program, Aaron worked as an outpatient therapist in rural areas of east Tennessee where he worked with individuals, families, and groups. Aaron’s experiences treating addictions motivated him to pursue research on how to improve access to and utilization of evidence-based practices for addictions in rural communities.



  • BA, Lee University 2007
  • MSSW, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2010


Research Interests

  • Addictions
  • Opioid dependence
  • Harm reduction
  • Medication-assisted treatments
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Scalable interventions
  • Rural social work


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