Dana Downs

Dana Downs

Title: Project Coordinator
Company: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Dana Downs, Project Coordinator at Washington University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social work.

Mr. Down’s latest position adds to more than 30 years of experience in social work and academics. In 2017, he accepted a project coordinator position at Washington University School of Medicine overseeing a community service pilot project to bring increased skills and capacity to professionals responding to survivors of assault and gun violence, and families experiencing homicide of a loved one. Previously, he served as clinical research manager and Division Administrator for Trauma and Disaster Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Mr. Downs served in the capacity of a support scientist for 2 decades in the field of psychiatric epidemiology under the guidance of Carol. North, MD.  Mr. Downs earned a master’s degree in social work from the Washington University in St. Louis in 2000, specializing in research.

Prior to these roles in academia, Mr. Downs has served as the assistant program director for the Hope Institute for Children and Families and as a Developmental Services Representative for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health. Mr. Down’s early education was in ministry and philosophy, receiving a master’s degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1982, and after instructive experience in sales and management, Mr. Downs realized his desire and potential for a career in the helping professions. It was at this time he began serving in clinical roles in mental health and developmental disabilities.  This field experience lead in turn to Mr. Downs returning to school in 1998 at Brown School of Social Work at Washington University to master the sciences critical to providing services to individuals with serious mental illness. Mr. Down’s current position with Washington University School of Medicine allows him to bring 2 decades of experience in trauma mental health to neighborhoods in North St. Louis suffering from the aftermath of violent crime.


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