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Recent Research & Engagement of College Faculty

John Wodarski Awarded SAMHSA Grant

Professor John Wodarski, received a new SAMHSA grant entitled “Tennessee’s Evidence Based Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Education of the Social Work Student.”  This grant will span the period of 4/30/20 to 4/29/22. Read more.

Theresa Abrams and Interdisciplinary Team Develop Burn App

Thereasa Abrams, assistant professor in the College of Social Work Nashville campus, envisioned the design of a mobile app so that patients released from burn units could receive the recovery guidance they require without the need of in-person consultation at overburdened medical facilities. She collaborated with five others from the University of Tennessee and the Firefighters Burn Center to bring the development of this mobile app to fruition. It will be used to meet recovery needs of newly discharged patients from the burn center and burn patients being treated as outpatients. Read more.

Andrea Joseph Receives Global Catalyst Award

Assistant Professor Andrea Joseph, was awarded a grant from the Global Catalyst Program. Her proposal, “Exploring the local discourse: How Jamaican parents and school-based personnel educate children about sexual abuse and exploitation,” will be funded by the Center for Global Engagement. Read more

Anne Conway’s Study Identifies Disparities in Kindergarteners’ Executive Functions

A new study led by Anne Conway, the new Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor, shows that large disparities in executive function exist among children even before they begin formal schooling. “Disparities in Kindergarteners’ Executive Functions at Kindergarten Entry: Relations with Parenting and Child Care” was published recently in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Read more

Michael Mason Receives National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant

Michael Mason, a Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children & Families at Risk, has received a $3.2 million grant award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct a randomized clinical trial to test a text-delivered counseling program for young adults (ages 18 to 25) with cannabis use disorder. Read more

Stacia Martin-West Receives Grant to Study Impact of Guaranteed Income Project

Assistant Professor Stacia Martin-West, Amy Castro Baker, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice have received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action grant of about $680,000 to evaluate an innovative project that could help alleviate poverty and inequality in Stockton, California. Read more