Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology here at ETSU.  Her two main areas of focus are in (1) stigma and identity, and (2) intimate partner violence and trauma. Over the past several years we have been working collaboratively with Dr. Williams regarding the impact of stigma on mental health treatment seeking in rural pediatric populations.  She has been extremely instrumental in the development of innovative measures to assess this population. Dr. Williams is a member of the LINKS (Leveraging Information Technology to Network Kids to Services) Team. 


Dr. Littleton

Dr. Mary Ann Littleton is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health. She has particular interests in mental health interventions deployed in rural communities with expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).  She has been involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of over 6 different Community Health Advisor (CHA) Model programs incorporating CBPR principles. Additionally, through 10 years of teaching community-based participatory courses at ETSU within "hands on" courses, she has gained a well-rounded understanding of the issues and methodologies for engaging communities as well as how best to guide and educate others about the process. Dr. Littleton is a member of the LINKS (Leveraging Information Technology to Network Kids to Services) Team.

Dr. Heflinger

Dr. Heflinger is the Dean for Graduate Education and an Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on child and adolescent mental health, substance abuse, and health services, specifically the impact of managed care. Her expertise and research interests lie in family and system-level issues affecting the implementation of policies for children's services. She is currently funded by NIMH and NIDA to examine rural mental health and substance abuse service delivery.  She has been instrumental in the development of innovative measures regarding barriers to mental health treatment seeking in rural areas.


Dr. Powers Rebecca Powers, M.D. 
Dr. Rebecca Powers, a pediatrician and certified lactation consultant, is
the sole proprietor of Village Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine.  She long history of work toward integrated pediatric care and quality primary care through the medical home including training residents in pediatrics to integrate behavioral health consultants (pediatric psychology) into into their day-to-day work.  Her current practice in the Village incorporates a variety of innovative elements including home visits for the first well-baby check, the use of an online/smart phone application concierge service for increasing efficiency, the use of social networking (Facebook) to provide health education to patients, and "the Baby Rest Stop," a community-based advocacy program for breastfeeding.



Dr. Vanhook is the Associate Dean for Practice and Community Partnerships, working in both collegial and interprofessional clinical environments. She has a deep personal understanding of health disparity and work in rural underserved clinic as Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Vanhook is a member of the LINKS (Leveraging Information Technology to Network Kids to Services) Team.



Dr. Marshall is a member of the LINKS (Leveraging Information Technology to Network Kids to Services) Team. His contribution to this project will be in conjunction with consulting he is currently doing in Mountain City, TN for the Times Digital Group/North East Tennessee Media Group. Dr. Marshall is a trained audience research expert in mass communication and his contribution will focus on audience analysis and technology innovation. His academic and professional experiences focus on the application of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to produce a greater understanding of audience formation, technology adoption, and message diffusion. Prior to his work in academe, he held professional positions in creative message/content development as well as in audience research. Highlights from his professional experience include working in the fields of radio, advertising, and audio/video production. Further, he worked four years at the Nielsen Company where he served clients ranging from public relations firms to U.S.-based Spanish language advertising agencies as well as broadcast and cable networks such as Univision, Telemundo, and ESPN. While in academe, Dr. Marshall has published three monographs and a book chapter in his research area. Other notable consulting positions include Warner Brothers, the North East Tennessee Tourism Association, and numerous service positions at East Tennessee State University focused on audience understanding and digital innovation to satisfy strategic objectives.