Experts Guide

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. Lee Murphy is a nutrition instructor with expertise in wellness, public health nutrition, and weight loss. Read more about Murphy.

Budgeting Apps

Laura ColeThousands of Americans start the year off with high expectations to change their spending and saving habits only to fall back into their status quo before the end of the first quarter. The reason, says Laura Cole, director of the Masters Investment Learning Center and a senior lecturer in finance in UT’s Haslam College of Business, is that they are trying to change too much too fast. Read Cole’s recommendations for apps to help keep your budget on track.

Opioid Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that more than 63,600 people died from drug overdoses in 2016; more than two-thirds of those were due to opioids. It was the worst year on record — and even more families lost loved ones to opioids in 2017, according to STAT News.

Shandra Forrest-BankShandra Forrest-Bank, assistant professor of social work, has expertise in the transition to adulthood, risk and resilience, and positive youth development. Her main focus is understanding how poverty and racism are factors impacting young adult trajectories. Read more.

Aaron BrownAaron Brown, a PhD student in the College of Social Work, is studying opioid addiction and relapse prevention. He has worked as a residential tech at a group home, then as a case manager, and later as a counselor and LCSW. His clinical practice was focused on the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Read more.

David PattersonDavid Patterson, Cooper-Herron Endowed Professor in Mental Health Research and Practice, is the director of the College of Social Work’s DSW program.  He has developed curriculum related to evidence-based substance abuse treatment and is the principle investigator for HUD’s Knox Region’s Homeless Management Information System. Read more

Gubernatorial Race

Anthony NownesAnthony Nownes is a professor of political science whose research looks at lobbyists and interest groups within the United States at the local, state, and national levels. He can discuss the Tennessee gubernatorial race. Read more


William  (Bill) Fox, director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, and Matt Murray, associate director of the Boyd Center, can discuss tax reform.

Fox is an expert in internet taxation, state tax policy, public finance (operations between government and private sectors), and fiscal federalism. In addition to being a distinguished professor of business, he has served as a consultant on finance, taxation, and economic development in a number of states and developing countries. 

Murray’s work at the Boyd Center includes economic forecasting for the state and TVA, revenue forecasting for the Department of Transportation, and special projects related to state fiscal policy and economic development. His academic research focuses on state and local tax policy, regional economic development, and tax compliance. He also serves as the director of the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy.

Contact Lydia McCoy at 865-974-6086 or to arrange an interview with Fox or Murray.