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UT Substance Misuse Community of Scholars to Host Virtual Summit

The mission of the Substance Misuse Community of Scholars (CoS) is to lead efforts to mitigate the consequences of the opioid crisis and substance misuse issues in Tennessee through collaboration with faculty from multiple disciplines across the UT Knoxville campus, the UT System, and within our Tennessee communities. The goal of this Community of Scholars is to utilize the various experts and resources available at UT to conduct research and foster faculty and community engagement to rebuild the areas of our state that have been disproportionately affected by the recent increase in substance misuse related problems.

On March 18, 2021, the Substance Misuse CoS is hosting a Virtual Summit to provide faculty and staff from across the UT System a unique opportunity to come together and discuss substance misuse research and projects.

Featured Speakers and Presenters:
  • UT President Randy Boyd
  • UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman
Moderated by:
  • Jennifer Tourville, DNP
    UT System director of substance misuse outreach and initiatives
  • Julia Jaekel, Ph.D.
    The East Tennessee Family Strengths Study
  • Jennifer Miller, Ph.D.
    Substance Use, Pregnant Women and Newborns in Rural Appalachia
  • Karen Derefinko, Ph.D.
    How Patients’ Race Impacts Perceptions of Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Larry Kessler, Ph.D.
    Unwinding the Prescription Opioid Epidemic: Implications for Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Michael Mason, Ph.D.
    The Weed Study: Treating Cannabis Use Disorder in Young
  • Lisa Washburn, Dr.PH.
    Opioid Knowledge and Attitudes: A Survey of Community Educators
  • Jenny Crowley, Ph.D. & Laura Miller, Ph.D.
    Communicating with Close Others about Opioid Use Disorder
  • W. Christopher Strickland, Ph.D.
    Mechanistic Modeling in Opioid Addiction Epidemiology

Date: March 18, 2021

Time: 12–1 p.m.

Registration required: Yes

Participants are required to register. For more information, please contact Jennifer Tourville (