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GlissonA UT professor, who has dedicated his career to helping children and young adults receive effective mental health treatment, has been recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.

Charles Glisson, who established the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in the College of Social Work, has received the 2013 Ruth Knee-Milton Wittman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Health and Mental Health Practice.

The award recognizes exemplary contributions to health and mental health practice including direct or clinical social work, social work education, social work research, and administration related to the field. A panel of social work leaders selects the recipient.

Glisson’s research focuses on removing bureaucratic barriers to treating children effectively. He has been instrumental in helping human service organizations deliver adequate treatment to this often underserved population and improving mental health outcomes for children and their families.

“The Knee-Wittman Award is one of the most prestigious national awards in our field,” said Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work. “Dr. Glisson’s research has been groundbreaking and has had a powerful impact on our communities. His work has enhanced the lives of children and families at risk and provided invaluable information for mental health and child welfare organizations in improving their effectiveness with clients. Dr. Glisson is so very deserving of this award.”

Glisson, a Chancellor’s Professor and University Distinguished Professor, founded the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in 1988 and serves as its director. The center has conducted studies throughout the US focused on improving services to youngsters and families. These studies have addressed abuse, neglect, delinquency, substance abuse, mental health problems, and related issues.

To learn more about Glisson’s work or the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center, visit the website.


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