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Aaron Brown

Entered PhD Program in 2016

Aaron Brown has worked in the community mental health field for over a decade in a variety of roles such as group home manager, case manager, applied behavior analyst, outpatient therapist, and clinical supervisor. Aaron's research interests include addictions, opioid dependence, medication-assisted treatments, psychosocial interventions, evidenced-based interpersonal practice, and mindfulness. Aaron is proud to be a social worker, because social work is a profession that stands up for and empowers the oppressed and denigrated. Aaron believes that as long as disparities exist in our world, social work will have a voice.



  • B.A. in Psychology from Lee University 2007
  • M.S. in Social Work from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2010


Research Interests

  • Addictions
  • Opioid dependence
  • Medication-assisted treatments
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Scalable interventions
  • Evidenced-based interpersonal practice
  • Mindfulness



Brown, A. R. (in press). A systematic review of psychosocial interventions in treatment of opioid addiction. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.



Mason, L. R., Erwin, J., Brown, A., Ellis, K. N., & Hathaway, J. M. (2018, January 12). Health and financial impacts of extreme weather in the city. Society for Social Work and Research 22nd Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Brown, A. R. (2017, October 21). Psychosocial Interventions & Medication-Assisted Relapse Prevention for Opioid Dependence. Poster presentation, Council for Social Work Education?s Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Walters, J., Brown, A. R., Jones, A., & Akinsola, O. (2017, July 21). Examining social work practice in rural agencies: Recruitment, job satisfaction, burnout, and turnover. Oral presentation, Rural Social Work Caucus? 42nd Annual National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas. University of Memphis, Jackson, Tennessee.

Brown, A. R. (2017, April 21). Psychosocial interventions in treatment of opioid addiction. Oral presentation, 5th annual Social Work Symposium. University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.


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