Cortney R. VanHook

Cortney R. VanHook received his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Master of Public Health degrees from Mercer University-Atlanta as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University. He holds national certifications in counseling and health education. He was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education Fellow and was a contracted Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. As a counselor, VanHook has worked in a psychiatric hospital setting treating a variety of populations. In addition to his professional experiences, VanHook’s community work has involved volunteering for an organization mentoring young black men.

VanHook is a native of the South Side of Chicago. Moreover, the experiences of residents in that community led him to his current clinical and research interest. VanHook’s primary clinical and research interest is the mental health of young black men. More specifically, he is interested in the experiences of trauma among black men. VanHook plans to utilize his clinical and research skills to develop culturally-tailored interventions to treat post-traumatic stress disorder for this population.