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University of Tennessee Dept. of Social Work

Kim Denton

Associate Professor of Social Work Practice

Kim Denton’s areas of expertise are field education, child welfare, and community mental health.


Jennifer First

Assistant Professor of Social Work

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

Associate Professor of Social Work

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.