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Brief Bio

Prior to entering the PhD program at UTK Shannon worked for a Community Services Board (outpatient community mental health agency) in Virginia for almost 5 years as an Assessment & Emergency Services Therapist. Before that Shannon worked for 2 years as a Social Worker on an inpatient psychiatry unit. She was trained as a Certified Pre-Admission Screener in Virginia. Shannon is a LCSW in Tennessee, and a LCSW and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in Virginia.



  • BA, Hope College, May 2008
  • MSW, Indiana University, May 2010


Research Interests

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Prevention & Intervention for Early Childhood Trauma
  • Child Well-Being and Resilience, especially for Young Children & Foster Children
  • Social Work & Neuroscience
  • Implementation Science (around crisis services, assessment, and clinical interventions)


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