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Assistant Professor
Patterson Office Tower #1825

Areas of Expertise

  • Addictions
  • Harm Reduction
  • Mobile Health Interventions
  • Rural Social Work
  • Burnout & Organizational Commitment Among Social Workers


  • Wilson, A. & Brown, A. (2023). Barriers to utilizing substance use disorder treatment & harm reduction services in Appalachia. Journal of Rural Mental Health. Advanced Online Publication
  • Brown, A., Walters, J., Young, B., Cates, L., & Jones, A. (2023). Non-Prescribing clinicians’ treatment orientations and attitudes toward treatments for opioid use disorder: Rural differences. Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment, 155, 1-12.
  • Walters, J., Brown, A. R., Wallis, D., & Snow, J. (2023). Assessing capacity in rural nonprofits. Administrative Sciences, 13(9), 197-217.
  • Cates, L. & Brown, A. R. (2023). Medications for opioid use disorder during incarceration and post- release outcomes. Health & Justice, 11(4), 1-17.
  • Mason, M. J., Coatsworth, J. D., Zaharakis, N., Russell, M., Brown, A., & McKinstry, S. (2023). Testing mechanisms of change for text message–delivered cognitive behavioral therapy: Randomized clinical trial for young adult depression. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 11, e45186.
  • Jones, A. E., Walters, J. E., & Brown, A. R. (2022) Over the hills and through the hollers: How one program is assisting residents of Appalachia with opioid use recovery. Journal of Appalachian Health, 4(3), 71–86.
  • Russell, M. A., Coatsworth, J. D., Brown, A., Zaharakis, N., Mennis, J., Rodriguez, G. C., & Mason, M. J.(2022). Peer Network Counseling effects on substance use: An individual participant data meta‑analysis integrating three randomized controlled trials. Prevention Science. Advanced Online Publication.
  • Brown, A. R. (2022). Health professionals’ attitudes towards medications for Opioid Use Disorder. Substance Abuse, 43, 598-614.
  • Brown, A. R., Walters, J. E., & Jones, A. E. (2019). Pathways to retention: Job satisfaction, burnout, & organizational commitment among social workers. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 16, 577-594.
  • Mason, M. J., Brown, A. R., & Moore, M. (2019). The accuracy of young adults’ perceptions of friends’ cannabis and alcohol use: Challenging the False Consensus Theory. Addictive Behaviors, 95, 28-34.

Current Projects

  • Survey on attitudes towards harm reduction strategies among non-prescribing clinicians
  • An egocentric network study of social support for harm reduction among young adults who use opioids
  • Utilization of and support for harm reduction among people who use drugs and stakeholders in Western North Carolina

Alma Mater

  • University of Tennessee

Get to Know Dr. Brown

Dr. Aaron Brown studies the implementation of harm reduction strategies and treatments for addictions, particularly in rural settings. Much of Dr. Brown’s work has focused on understanding how clinicians affect the implementation and utilization of harm reduction strategies for opioid use disorder. Dr. Brown enjoys leveraging technology to enable innovative research methods.