The Center of
Excellence for Children
in State Custody

Who We Are

The State of Tennessee has designated The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine as a Center of Excellence to serve children who are at-risk for or in state custody. The University of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody's services extend to 16 East Tennessee counties.

Who We Serve

The University of Tennessee Center of Excellence serves the following TN counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.


What We Do


The COE provides consultation for children with complex medical, behavioral, psychological, and psychiatric problems. Services include: case triage (brief phone consult), monthly case review (on-site, brief records review with recommendations), comprehensive consultation (full records review, meeting with key players in the case, report and recommendations), psychological or psychiatric evaluations, limited medication management, and medication gap filling.




Learning Cafe Monthly Seminars

The Center of Excellence is committed to promoting Best Practices and provides free monthly educational seminars open to all community providers.


MAY 11, 2017

Is it Autism, Intellectual Disability, or Both? Presented by Dustin Lamport, PhD Clinical Psychologist Cherokee Health Systems

JUN 8, 2017

Evidence Based Practices for Serving Children Involved with Juvenile Justice Presented by
Caleb Corwin, PhD Clinical Psychologist Cherokee Health Systems



University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine



Vanderbilt University


University of Tennessee Health Science Center


East Tennessee State University
Johnson City





Learning Cafe on YouTube

Our Staff

Kristin Dean, PhD, ABPP, Director

Clinical Psychologist


K. Amber Turner, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Debra Swisshelm, MS

Clinical Case Manager

Karen Gray, BA

Administrative Specialist


Case Referral

The following information is needed for all COE referrals:


  • Social history or non-custodial assessment
  • All previous psychological/all psychiatric intakes and progress notes/intake summaries
  • Last three progress notes from current therapist and treating psychiatrist
  • Hospitalizations: intake summaries and discharge summaries
  • Specialized Evaluations: psychosexual/neurological screenings and reports
  • All previous medical assessments: EPSD&T and all medical records
  • Permanency plan/current notice of staffing/IPP
  • Insurance card and release of information
  • Placement history with dates (include all foster home placements)
  • School records/academic testing and IQ testing/behavior records



Contact Us

Department of Family Medicine

1924 Alcoa Highway U67

Knoxville, TN 37920


Phone: 865-974-2324

This project is funded under an agreement with the state of Tennessee.

© 2018 The Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody