ASCEND Co-Principal Investigator
Joe is a counseling psychologist and associate professor of psychology who has been at the University of Tennessee since he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010.
His research focuses on multicultural education, social justice, and issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. He is passionate about helping students be competent as researchers who work with people across different groups and ethnicities. As such, he creates intergroup dialogues in his classes and through practicums to provide students the opportunity to practice and improve those skills. This teaches them how to advocate for others and help bring about systemic change in organizations.