Michael Mason

Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children & Families at Risk

213 Henson Hall
Phone: 865-974-9148
E-mail: mmason29@utk.edu

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Michael Mason is the Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children and Families at Risk in the College of Social Work. Prior to coming to UT, Mason was an associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Commonwealth Institute on Child and Family Studies in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mason completed his undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University, his masters at San Diego State University, and his doctorate from Oregon State University. 

Mason’s work seeks to understand and test the idea that substance use is a developmentally contingent social practice that is constituted within the routine social-environment of individuals’ lives. His work is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and state foundations.

Topics of expertise: opioid epidemic, substance abuse, mental health

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