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Children's Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care

Department of Psychology



Stacy Williams

Stacey Williams, Ph.D.

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. For more information about Dr. Williams visit here.


Karen Schetzina, MD, MPH, CLC, FAAP

Dr. Schetzina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics here at ETSU. She also is the direct of the Division of Community Pediatrics Research in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Schetzina has many appointments, she is an Adjunct Professor to the College of Public Health, she is an Ad-Hoc Reviewer for a department of the National Institutes of Health, and serves on many committees here at ETSU and in the Eastern Tennessee community. For more information about Dr. Schetzina visit here.

Katie Baker

Katie Baker, DrPH

Dr. Katie Baker is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health. She has particular interests in disease prevention, practice-based research, and parent-based intervention development. During her training, she was recognized several times as a Outstanding DrPH student. Additionally her research on skin cancer prevention has won many awards and garnered her national media attention. For more information about Dr. Baker visit here.


Craig-Anne Heflinger, Ph.D.

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. For more information about Dr. Heflinger visit here.


Robert P. Pack, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Pack is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and he is a Professor of Community and Behavioral Health in the ETSU College of Public Health. His research focus is on adolescent health, public health workforce development, prescription drug abuse. To learn more about Dr. Pack visit here.


Christina R. Studts, Ph.D.

Dr. Studts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive practice experience in community mental health, primary care, and school settings. Her research focuses on health promotion interventions with underserved populations, particularly in rural Appalachia. For more information about Dr. Studts visit here.


R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S.

Dr. Codd is the president and founder of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina, P.A. He specializes in delivering and disseminating cognitive and behavioral treatments. He has particular interest in obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. For more information about Dr. Codd visit here.


Patricia Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Robinson is a clinician, researcher, trainer, and health care consultant with expertise in integrated care. She currently provides consultation services to health care systems that are integrating behavioral health services into primary care, seeking to improve treatment of patients, and attempting to increase use of brief evidence-based CBT therapies in primary care. She has authored five books on various topics. For more information about Dr. Robinson visit here.


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.


Patricia Vanhook, Ph.D., RN, FNP, BC

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. For more information about Dr. Vanhook visit here.


Stephen Marshall, Ph.D.

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. For more information about Dr. Marshall visit here.

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