Dhru Mukherjee's, Ph.D., LCSW-S, research focuses on the intersection of trauma and substance use disorder - including the development of the clinical workforce, integrated care, a system of care/fragmentation of healthcare systems, parental substance use, and rural-urban response to addiction. He uses community needs assessment and multi-methods evaluation data to understand the challenges to collaborative spaces for an integrated multidisciplinary workforce. He is the Program Director and Principal Investigator of the Community Health Worker Program for Opioids and Other Substance Use Disorders (CHW-OSUDS) at the University of North Texas (UNT), funded through a $1.8 million grant from the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He is the Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for the Bilingual and Trauma Informed Integrated Care Project (BTIIC).
Grants: Throughout his career, Dr. Dhru has been the recipient of numerous grants, including funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and private foundations. These grants have supported his groundbreaking research on trauma-informed care, the effectiveness of community health worker interventions in addiction recovery, and evidence-based practices for trauma and addiction recovery. He serves as Program Director and Principal Investigator of the two HRSA-funded programs at UNT: the Community Health Worker Program for Opioids and Other Substance Use Disorders (CHW-OSUDS), and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for the Bilingual and Trauma Informed Integrated Care Project (BTIIC).
- Trauma and Addiction: An Interdisciplinary Approach
- The Role of Community Health Workers in Addiction and Recovery
- Advanced Trauma-Informed Interventions
- Administration in Social Work
- Social Work Program Evaluation
Dr. Dhru teaches at the Trauma Certificate Program at UNT's Department of Social Work. He educates and trains social workers on the nuances, best practices, and innovative approaches to trauma-informed care. In addition to his academic and research pursuits, Dr. Dhru is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TfCBT), and Financial Social Work (FSW). He has collaborated with various non-profits and organizations to enhance community-based trauma and addiction recovery interventions.
Primary Research Interests:
Trauma-informed workforce development in rural settings. International comparison of the mental health workforce. Impact on psychological trauma on financial literacy. Mental health work in a virtual environment. Refugee mental health. Trauma-informed schools and socio-emotional learning.