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Denise Black

Entered PhD Program in 2014


  • B.S., The University of Georgia, 1992
  • MSW, The University of Georgia, 1994
  • PhD, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2017

Honors, Awards, and Certifications

  • 1996-Present
    Georgia Composite Board of PC, SW, and MFT- Clinical Social Worker
    Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers
  • 1991-1992
    Vice-President, Phi Upsilon Omicron
  • 1991-1992
    Dean's Ambassador, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, The University of Georgia.

Research Interests

My focus is on improving the quality of care for individuals with mental and physical health problems through integrated health care research.

My dissertation is focused on preparing the workforce for integrated healthcare. This objective is achieved through identifying the required knowledge for behavioral health consultants to practice in integrated settings through a systematic review of current literature and practice survey. These results are being incorporated into a computer application to evaluate the effectiveness of this technology as a tool to develop knowledge in the workforce. My ongoing research will focus on continued work to bridge the gap between research and practice of integrated healthcare. Future studies will evaluate the effectiveness of the computer application in real world settings with ongoing work on evaluating the quality of care in integrated healthcare settings.

Courses Taught as Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • College of Social Work— Spring 2016
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 617 Clinical Management
  • College of Social Work—Spring 2016
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 313 Social Work Practice: Individuals and Families
    Lab Instructor


Peer- Reviewed Articles

Lee, S., Held, M. & Black, D. (in review) Associations of multiplicity of comorbid health conditions, serious mental illness, and healthcare costs.

Black, D. (in preparation) Preparing the workforce for integrated healthcare.

Ellis, R. & Black, D. (in preparation). Integrated healthcare to address health disparities in rural communities.

Held, M., Cummings, S., and Mindrupp, R. & Black, D. (in preparation) Qualitative analysis of patient experience in integrated behavioral healthcare.

Funded Research and Grants

2017, AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program Applicant (Pending)

Presentations and Posters

Lee, S., Black, D. & Held, M. (2015, October). Effects of severe mental illness and comorbid health conditions on healthcare expenditures. The 61st Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO.

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