Mary S. Cook, LMSW is a licensed social worker and has been in the social work field for over 30 years.  Her areas of interest and expertise include research, program development and practice with children, adults and families in the areas of mental health and substance use recovery, with a special focus on diversity . She has worked as a community educator, researcher, therapist, and cultural anthropologist. Mary managed the database for substance use peer recovery coaches and trainers in Texas from 2014 to 2021 through a contract between the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s Addiction Research Institute and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Additionally, Mary is a team member for the SAMHSA-funded  South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SSWATTC), which is also part of the Addiction Research Institute.

Professional Interests

Research and practice in the areas of children and families, addiction, poverty, and diversity issues.