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Division of Planning, Research & Forensics

Office of Research

The Research Team

The Research Team works collaboratively with TDMHSAS staff to ensure that Tennessee’s resources for mental health and substance abuse services are efficiently and effectively utilized.  The Research Team supports policy makers by providing the information, data, and research necessary to:
· Make data-driven decisions; and
· Measure the effectiveness and efficiency of projects and programs.

Research Team Members

Karen Edwards, Ph.D., Research Director
(615) 532-3648
Karen.Edwards@tn.gov

Lauren Allard, M.S., Statistical Research Specialist
(615) 741-3534
E-mail: Lauren.Allard@tn.gov

Lymari Benitez, Ph.D., Statistical Research Specialist
(615) 741-0628
E-mail: Lymari.Benitez@tn.gov

Anthony Jackson, Research Project Manager
(615) 532-3914
E-mail: Anthony.Jackson@tn.gov

Rachel Jones, Administrative Services Assistant III
(615) 532-6717
E-mail: Rachel.L.Jones@tn.gov

Research Links