Hazel F. Arthur, LAPSW, ACSWHazel Arthur
Social Work Program Director and Chair

B.S. (David Lipscomb College), M.S.S.W. (University of Tennessee), Ed.D. (Trevecca Nazarene University)

Practice Experience:

Thirteen years of practice experience includes two years in private Christian child care,  and eleven years in the public welfare system.   Work experience includes foster care, adoption, child protective services, adult protective services, refugee and homeless assistance, and information systems design.   Children served ranged from infants, toddlers, young school age children, and adolescents.  Adults served included birth parents, foster and adoptive parents, as well as adults who were physically and/or mentally disabled and the frail elderly. Job responsibilities ranged from front line service delivery to supervision, program management, and grant administration.  

Professional memberships include the National Association of Social Workers, North American Christians in Social Work,  Council on Social Work Education, and the Baccalaureate Program Directors' Association.


Cayce Watson, LAPSW                                           

Assistant Professor;
Practicum Coordinator
B.S. (David Lipscomb University), M.S.S.W. (University of Tennessee College of Social Work)

Practice Experience:

Ms. Watson is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker with over ten years of practice experience. This includes working in adolescent psych and family counseling. She most recently served the Vanderbilt Addiction Center as Research Coordinator of a multi-site national study concerning opiate use and treatment among pregnant women. Her tenure at Vanderbilt also included four years as a clinical social worker serving families and individuals that experience both mental illness and substance dependence. She also served as Clinical Research Coordinator for multiple clinical trials at Tennessee Christian Medical Center. Mrs. Watson is a member of the Institutional Review Board for Foundations Recovery Network, a Lipscomb IDEAL faculty partner, and a Lipscomb University Strengths Coach.  A former dance teacher at Jody’s School of Performing Arts, Mrs. Watson currently serves on the board of Rejoice School of Ballet, a faith-based non-profit that provides a dance education for low-income children and teens.  She is also a volunteer clinical interviewer for Tennessee Voices for Children’s Teen Screen Program, and an adjunct instructor for The University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Her research interests include women’s issues, substance abuse and misuse, and public health policy.

Amy Crossland, MSSW   
Assistant Professor;
B.S. (David Lipscomb University), M.S.S.W. (University of Tennessee College of Social Work)

Practice Experience:
Practice experience includes over five years with victim witness services in the District Attorney's Offices in Davidson and Williamson counties.  Responsibilities included working with victims and witnesses of crimes, including: domestic violence, home invasions, robberies, thefts, rape and sexual abuse, vehicular homicides, and murders. Services provided included assessment of needs, counseling, education and support  throughout the court process, advocacy for vulnerable populations, and referral to needed services, as well as macro level coordination with community providers to ensure victim protection and safety.  In addtion to practice within the court system, Ms. Crossland served the needs of children and at-risk teens through Centerstone Behavioral Health, housed in Murrell School, as well as through Oasis Center Youth Emergency Shelter.  Services provided in each of these settings focused on assisting youth and families with crisis intervention, assessing and addressing individual needs and facilitating maximum interpersonal and intrapersonal development through individual, group, and family counseling.  Ms. Crossland currently works pro bono with the Brentwood Police Department providing victim advocacy through education, support, and referral for needed services.