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Four faculty members promoted

Dean Gary Bowen recently announced the following faculty promotions, all effective July 1:

Gary Cuddeback, Ph.D., full professor. Cuddeback, who joined the School in 2008, and is considered a leading national expert in examining the connection between mental illness and the criminal justice system. His research agenda focuses on growing the evidence-base for interventions that have the potential to improve the lives of persons with severe mental illness and making these interventions accessible to those who are on the front lines of direct service.

Amy Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor with tenure. Wilson, who joined the School in 2014, is considered an expert in criminal justice and mental health and has spent most of her career focused on issues around mental health, serious mental illness and dual diagnosis, service accessibility, jail reentry, and interventions for people with serious mental illness involved in the justice system. Her research also examines criminal thinking and criminogenic risk in people with serious mental illness.

Paul Lanier, Ph.D., associate professor with tenure. Lanier, who joined the School in 2013, serves as a faculty affiliate with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Injury Prevention Research Center, all at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is considered an expert in developing, evaluating, and scaling-up evidence-based prevention programs in child welfare, mental health, and early childhood systems.

Tonya Van Deinse, Ph.D., clinical associate professor. Van Deinse joined the School in 2012 as a graduate research assistant and was promoted to clinical assistant professor in 2015. Her research focuses on how to improve mental health and criminal justice outcomes for adults diagnosed with both mental illnesses and substance use disorders.