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Cortney VanHook

Assistant Professor

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1010 W Nevada Street

Office 2111

Urbana, IL 61820


SOCW552: Mental Disorders
SOCW514: Mental Health Policy and Services

What I Do

As a mental health interventionist, my work centers on the development, management, and evaluation of interventions to treat mental illness with specific attention to young Black males in the adolescent and young adult cohorts.

My secondary interest is the prevention and intervention of intra-community gun violence, a social problem that impacts young Black men more than any group in this country. Understanding and treating the conditions that lead to gun violence among young men – adverse childhood events, socio-economic immobility, community disorganization, harmful gender norms, policy disinvestment, and systemic racism – are all areas that I address in my work.


BS in Psychology – Georgia State University
Master of Public Health – Mercer University
MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Mercer University
MSW and PhD in Social Work – University of Pittsburgh

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