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Department of Social Work

College of Arts & Sciences

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Karen Cummings Lilly 

Assistant Professor
Social Work
423-439-6602 /
Campus Center Building, Room 312B

Dr. Karen Cummings-Lilly received her doctorate in clinical social work and leadership from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her Master’s degree from San Diego State with a concentration in mental health. Dr. Cummings-Lilly has more than seventeen years of teaching social work at the bachelor’s level and more than six years of adjunct experience at the master’s level. She has provided direct clinical services in outpatient behavioral health settings for children, adolescents and adults. Additionally, she has provided clinical supervision and program management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Cummings-Lilly has worked as a clinical director as well as a program supervisor. She has more than 30 years of combined clinical, management and teaching experience. Her areas of interest include mental health, Appalachian microaggressions, social issues and strengths based management, and supervision.

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