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Entered PhD Program in 2017

Kristan Armstrong

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 she worked for 2 years as a Social Worker on an inpatient psychiatry unit.

Shannon is a LCSW, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), and Certified Pre-Admission Screener in Virginia.


  • BA, Psychology & Management (double major), 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
  • Assessment & Crisis Services
  • Grief & Loss



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