Tonia Hardyway, LCSW, ACSW, CCM, BCD
Mrs. Tonia L. Hardyway graduated with a BS in Psychology and Minor in African- American Studies from Vanderbilt University in 1991. From 1991-1995, Mrs. Hardyway worked for the Vanderbilt University Center for Mental Health Policy as a Research Analyst and an Educational Coordinator for the Ft. Bragg Longitudinal Evaluation Report and her duties required creating a computerized psychometric tool, and serving as an interviewer trainer. The purpose of this research project was to analyze data generated from a large research project analyzing the differences and effectiveness between innovative versus traditional mental health care provided to children of active duty soldiers based on 3 different Army bases; Ft. Bragg, Ft. Stewart and Ft. Campbell. Mrs. Hardyway obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Nashville, TN Campus May 1996. Immediately following graduation, she worked as a home health social worker, and assisted homebound patients. In October 1996 Mrs. Hardyway accepted a social work position in the VA Contract Nursing Home program at the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System-Nashville, TN. From 01/2000-06/24/2007, Mrs. Hardyway served as as an outpatient social worker, VISN 9 TBI coordinator, and the OIF/OEF Case Manager at the TVHS-Nashville Campus. From 06/24/2007-01/24/2013, Mrs. Hardyway assumed the position as the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Program Manager and oversaw all transition activities and the coordination of care and services to returning combat veterans treated and seeking care within the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. From 01/24/2013-07/23/2017 Ms. Hardyway served as the Assistant Chief, Social Work Service at VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and served as a full assistant to the Chief, Social Work Service and provided direct management, supervision and oversight of specific social work staff and programs as designated by the Chief, Social Work Service. In addition, within this role, Ms. Hardyway chaired and co-chaired system redesign committees focusing on improving processes of discharge and patient flow coordination at a 1A, highest complexity level, Veterans health care facility. Currently, from 07/24/2017 to present Ms. Hardyway serves as a Transition and Care Management Social Work Case manager and serves as a point of contact and case manager for returning combat veterans from Gulf War era within VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System TCM Program and Transition Clinic as well as non-combat veterans from Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) or other VA Medical Centers. Ms. Hardyway is expected to obtain her PhD in Public Policy and Administration May 2018 from Tennessee State University College of Public Service.