Chief Research Officer/ Founder - Michael Mason, Ph.D.
Dr. Mason is the Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children and Families at Risk in the Center for Behavioral Health Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to coming to the University of Tennessee, Dr. 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. Dr. Mason completed his undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University, and his masters San Diego State University, and his doctorate from Oregon State University. He completed a National Institute on Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, school of Public Health. He holds national board certifications for mental health and addiction counseling. His work is funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), SAMHSA, and state foundations. Dr. Mason has developed of a brief substance use intervention entitled, Peer Network Counseling, that has been tested with five clinical trials with over 400 young adults and adolescents. His current NIDA grant is testing his text-delivered cannabis use disorder treatment program in a randomized clinical trial with 1,000 young adults across two states. He has published multiple studies that utilize automated text-delivered interventions as well as in-person brief interventions, testing the efficacy to address young adult and adolescent alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco use.