Ashley Blamey, UT’s Title IX coordinator, has expertise including distressed students, crisis management, bystander intervention, and sexual assault.
Sharon Bowland is an expert in mental-health practice and trauma-informed approaches to care and aging.
Kate Chaffin researches best practices in online social work education, focusing on mentorship of adjunct faculty teaching online.
Courtney Cronley studies the experiences of women, youth and families in situations of homelessness and housing insecurity.
Kim Denton’s areas of expertise are field education, child welfare, and community mental health.
Gretchen Ely studies vulnerable populations and their access to reproductive health, including abortion and contraception, trauma-informed reproductive healthcare, and rural and Appalachian populations.
Jennifer First’s research focuses on addressing the unequal impacts of climate hazards and severe weather events such as tornadoes, floods and extreme heat, particularly in the southeastern U.S.
Shandra Forrest-Bank has expertise in the transition to adulthood, risk and resilience, positive youth development, racial microaggression, and how poverty and racism impact young adult trajectories.
Mary Lehman Held’s research is centered on the mental health and well-being of vulnerable populations, including Latino immigrants.
Lori Messinger studies anti-racist and culturally responsive social work education and practice, specifically facing LGBTQ+ and Black populations.