Meet our Faculty & Staff

William Swiggart, M.S.

BillMr. Swiggart was involved in the practice of psychotherapy for 40 years.  He retired from private practice in 2012. He is currently an Assistant in Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the Co- Director of The Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Mr. Swiggart was the primary therapist for The Vanderbilt Institute for the Treatment of Addiction, and the first Registered Art Therapist in the state of Tennessee.  He received his bachelor's degree in special education, his master-s degree in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee, and is a licensed professional counselor.  He is the past president of Nashville's Psychotherapy Institute.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).  He serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for the Application and Scholarship in Theater (CAST) in Medicine at George Washington University. Mr. Swiggart has conducted workshops in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia), Australia, Canada, Norway and Great Britain.

Charlene M. Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., F.A.C.P.

DeweyCharlene M. Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., FACP, received her M.D. from the Morehouse School of Medicine (1990) where she also received the Ciba Geigy Award for Academic and Community Leadership and the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry Achievement Awards. Dr. Dewey completed training and Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Residency Program in Social Internal Medicine in 1993 and was awarded the Daniel Leitch Excellence in Social Medicine Award. Dr. Dewey spent 15 years on faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, serving the underserved and uninsured population of Houston. While there, she received numerous teaching awards and recognitions including three Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards, runner up for Physician of the Year, the Inaugural Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Educators, and the Dean of Medical Education Service Award. Dr. Dewey received her Master's in Medical Education (emphasis on curriculum design and instruction) in 2004 from the University of Houston College of Education. Dr. Dewey joined the faculty at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Department of Medical Education and Administration Division of the Office of Teaching and Learning in Medicine and the Department of Medicine-Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health in September 2007. She was appointed to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine-s Academy of Teaching Excellence in 2008. Dr. Dewey is Assistant Dean for Educator Development, chair of the Faculty and Physician Wellness committee, co-director of the Center for Professional Health, and director of the Educator Development Program. Dr. Dewey serves on several non-profit boards and is an active member of the Nashville Chapter, The Links Incorporated. Dr. Dewey is married to Wayne J. Riley, M.D., M.P.H., MBA, FACP, current President-elect of the American College of Physicians and immediate past-President and CEO of Meharry Medical College. Charlene and Wayne are the proud parents of Erin Elizabeth, and Alexis Camille. The Riley-s are active parishioners of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Nashville and are members of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.  The family enjoys family game and movie nights, Skiing, WWE, holiday gatherings with family and friends and their annual family vacation.

Our Dr. Dewey is named Nashville 2013 ATHENA Awards winner!

Dr. Dewey is nominated for the 2013 Nashville ATHENA Award!

Dr. Dewey visits Marshall University to discuss professionalism

Diana Phillips, Sr. Executive Secretary

Diana's photoDiana Phillips joined the CPH staff in 1998.  She is the Senior Executive Secretary for Co-Directors, Dr. Charlene M. Dewey and Mr. William Swiggart. Except for a four month period in 1987, she has been an employee of Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 1977.  She is a graduate of Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. She was a recipient of the Vanderbilt CREDO AWARD in June 2012. Click here for photos. 

 Diana Phillips is a CREDO AWARD WINNER!

James L. (Jim) Bills, Ed.D., M.S.

Jim is the newest addition to the CPH team.  He has been at Vanderbilt since 1998 and has been involved with graduate and medical students as a member of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Office for Teaching and Learning in Medicine, and the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment. His educational and research interests include medical education, curriculum development, instructional programs, and cultural competency and diversity. Jim earned an Ed.D. in higher education Curriculum and Instruction and his dissertation research focused on perceptions of bias in medical school curriculum. He earned an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University (Curriculum Development and Instructional Leadership), an M.S. from Southern Mississippi (emphasis on Public Administration), and a B.S. degree (Politics and Government) from Maryland. Jim’s Vanderbilt experience has been in developing and shaping curriculum, designing survey instruments, measuring educational outcomes, and designing and running medical simulations.

Ronald E. Neufeld, B.S.W., L.A.D.A.C.

Mr. Neufeld is a licensed addictions counselor who began working in mental health and addictions in 1979. The Vanderbilt Institute for Treatment of Addiction (VITA) employed him from its inception in 1984 until 2002. Mr. Neufeld is currently the program director of the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program, for professionals in high accountability positions.  Ron received  the 2011 Credo Award at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Ginger Manley, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

GingerGinger Manley is a nurse psychotherapist and sex therapist with over 25 years experience practicing and teaching in the field of sexual health. Her specialties include sexual addiction, sexual trauma, sexual dysfunction, and sexual boundary issues in health care practitioners. She retired from her Franklin, TN practice in 2005, where she had worked with individuals, couples, and groups. She is a clinical professor of Nursing in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and an associate in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is professionally certified as a Psychiatric / Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurse Credentialing Center, and as a Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy and Certified Supervisor by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She has published numerous articles in professional journals and is a frequent media guest, both regionally and nationally, as well as a popular workshop presenter across the country.


Linda L.M. Worley, M.D., FAPM

Dr. Worley is a psychiatrist with more than 20 years of experience in health care provider wellbeing. She is an adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and serves as faculty in the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health. She is the South Central United States Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Chief Physician Consultant. Dr. Worley is Past President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and of the Association for Academic Psychiatry where she was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2012 for her inspirational contributions to psychiatric education.

Caroline Post Cone, MSN, APRN, BC

ConeCaroline Post Cone is a nurse psychotherapist who has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. She taught psychiatric nursing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for 14 years. At one time, she was the Program Director in a psychiatric hospital providing care to children with psychiatric disorders and their families. She currently maintains a private practice in the Nashville area working with individuals, couples and families around issues related to sexual health, sexual abuse and sexual addiction as well as issues related to depression, anxiety, attention, eating, and substance abuse. A major portion of her practice involves marital work with couples around communication, conflict and sexual health. She holds a Registered Nursing License and an Advanced Practice Nursing License, and she is professionally certified as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Douglas R. Herr, Psy.D

Dr. HerrDr. Herr is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.  As an Integrative Health Psychologist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, he provides integrative health consultations and mind-body therapy for patients with chronic disease and chronic pain.  Dr. Herr received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, California and completed an Internship at Texas A&M University Student Counseling Services. He has been certified in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR Level II trauma treatment, has completed a two year training in advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy, and a two year comprehensive training in Hakomi therapy and Re-Creation of the Self therapy.  He practices a mindfulness-based, body-centered approach to psychotherapy and health coaching.


Alex Scarbrough Fisher, JD

AlexAlex Scarbrough Fisher is an attorney at Thompson Burton, PLLC, located in Franklin, Tennessee.  Her practice area focuses on litigation and administrative law. Alex’s administrative law practice’s emphasis is in healthcare related boards, including the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Alex’s background as a former law clerk to the administrative law judges of Tennessee gives her a unique perspective into the administrative law process, which helps her better serve her clients. Alex graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar recipient and served as the vice-president of the Vanderbilt Bar Association and president of the Native American Law Student Association.  Alex participated in mock trial and moot court during her time at Vanderbilt, and served as an intern to both Mayor Karl Dean and the Metropolitan Nashville District Attorney’s Office.  Alex is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, and the Lawyers Association for Women. Prior to joining Thompson Burton, Alex served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Haynes, Jr., Chief Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court.

Chance Allen, MSN, APN, LMSW, PMHNP-BC


Chance Allen is a faculty member of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In addition to teaching, he works at Healing Arts Psychiatry, a private practice he started with his wife, Diane, who is also a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. He also works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Integrative Life Center in Nashville, a co-occurring and process addiction treatment center. Chance has experience in working with persons with addictions, across the lifespan, using interventions ranging from medical detox to psychotherapy, and is very familiar with social programs designed to treat addiction. He has a master’s level background in social work that complements his passion for nursing.


Elizabeth Morse, DNP, FNP-BC, MPH

MorseElizabeth Morse earned her Master's in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003 and spent the following 7 years as research associate to Dr. Somnath Saha at Oregon Health and Sciences University, studying racial disparities in the quality of health care. Their work spanned a variety of content and methodology, including health literacy, language barriers, communication analysis, social psychology, and health services research. After recognizing a strong preference and earnest desire to provide direct patient care, she moved to Nashville and enrolled in Vanderbilt's accelerated Nurse Practitioner program, which she completed in 2011. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Vanderbilt's Doctorate of Nursing Practice program offered a unique opportunity to blend direct patient care and health services research, and she completed her Doctorate in 2014 with a quality improvement study of health communication preferences for Hispanic and Arabic patients. She is currently practicing in a small family practice in her East Nashville community.

Elizabeth is grateful for the opportunity to join the CPH faculty in the new Prescribing Controlled Drugs course for Nurse Practitioners. She sees the course as a way to support fellow Nurse Practitioners in their practice as well as improving patient care by encouraging a shift in how nurse practitioners identify and compassionately manage both pain and addiction in primary care.

Jill Chafetz, PhD

Jill Chafetz, PhD

Jill Chafetz started working at CPH in 2016. She earned her PhD in cognitive/ developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked as a professor, a research coordinator at a non-profit, and a writer/editor, and is elated to have landed in a position where she can use this varied background.

Pronounce the "a" in Chafetz to rhyme with hey, and she will be pleased.

Anderson Spickard, Jr., M.D.

AndyAnderson Spickard, Jr., M.D., has more than 40 years of experience in active treatment of patients with substance abuse problems. Most recently his focus is on physician health and behavior. He is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Vanderbilt Medical Center and is the past medical director of The Center for Professional Health (CPH). In June 2003, he was awarded the Chancellors Chair in Medicine for his contributions to research and addiction related to physician wellness. Dr. Spickard is a nationally recognized expert in the area of substance abuse. He is the co-author of the book, Dying for a Drink: What You and Your Family Should Know about Alcoholism, which was translated into seven languages and Braille. The revised edition was released in November 2005. He is also the author of Stay with Me: Stories of a Black Bag Doctor (2011) and The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery (2016).

Dr. Spickard continues his involvement in addiction education and treatment, particularly in the homeless population. His main focus of teaching is the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. He has a 12-week course for local homeless addicted men.

Dr. Spickard's portrait unveiling

David Dodd, MD

doddDavid T. Dodd, MD IN MEMORIUM M.D
Article in the REPORTER Jan 28, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David T. Dodd, M.D. Dr. Dodd died suddenly December 18, 2010 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Dodd was involved in the development of the Center for Professional Health and our continuing medical education programs for physicians. Dr. Dodd was an instructor in our courses for many years. He was an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical School.