Social Work Experts

Mary Held

Mary Held

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Mary Lehman Held is an assistant professor in the College of Social Work. Held’s research is centered on the mental health and well-being of vulnerable populations, including Latino immigrants.


J. Camille Hall

Associate Professor

Camille Hall, licensed clinical social worker in the United States Army and associate professor, has more than twenty years of experience in clinical social work practice and supervision.


Ashley Childers

Assistant Professor of Practice

Ashley Childers is a professor of practice in UT’s master of social work program and works in practice.


Lisa Reyes Mason

Assistant Professor

Lisa Reyes Mason has expertise in problems at the nexus of society and the environment, such as social vulnerability to environmental change, adaptation to climate change, water security and urban sustainability.


David Dupper

Professor of Social Work

David Dupper is a nationally renowned bullying expert and is interested in enhancing the educational success of students who are at-risk of school failure by focusing on factors that contribute to school exclusion.


Shandra Forrest-Bank

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Shandra Forrest-Bank has expertise in the transition to adulthood, risk and resilience, positive youth development, and racial microaggression. Her main focus is understanding how poverty and racism are factors impacting young adult trajectories.


Sherry Cummings

Professor of Social Work

Sherry Cummings is a professor of social work whose research focuses on the social, biological, and psychological aspects of aging.


Terri Combs-Orme

The Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor

Terri Combs-Orme is the Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor in the College of Social Work. Her research focuses on the needs of disadvantaged children and families.