College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Breanna (Bre) Banks holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Arogy University – Nashville, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Tennessee – Martin.
In 2016, Bre was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor and Training Director in the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision program at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. While at Adler University, Bre specialized in teaching courses pertaining to quantitative and qualitative research methodology, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, crisis and trauma, clinical supervision, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She also served as the primary research mentor for students completing doctoral research internships, and clinical supervisor for doctoral students providing completing clinical counseling and supervision internships. Bre also served as the Project Director for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation of the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision program.
Research & Program Evaluation Appointments
Since 2010, Bre has served in multiple roles in suicide prevention research and program evaluation at Centerstone Research Institute, a non-for-profit behavioral healthcare research organization directly affiliated with Centerstone of America, the nation’s largest non-for-profit community mental health provider. She has conducted research and evaluation work in suicide prevention on a total of five (5) SAMHSA-funded grants: Tennessee Lives Count – Juvenile Justice (TLC-JJ), Tennessee Lives Count – Youth Villages, Tennessee Lives Count – Target Zero Suicide, Tennessee Lives Count – TARGET2, and Tennessee Lives Count – Connect; currently serving as lead evaluator on the latter three. This work includes conducting research and evaluation on multiple projects; including but not limited to: a enhanced crisis follow-up programs with foci on using technology in care, suicide prevention in the juvenile justice system, and suicide response training in mental health clinicians. The research projects on which the presenter has collaborated or led have garnered international attention from the suicide prevention community, and have resulted in the development of best-practice suicide prevention training curricula. Bre also currently serves as co-investigator on a dissemination and implementation research study of the development and outcomes of a Zero Suicide intervention training for clinicians who work with clients at risk for suicide.