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Samantha Brown is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), University of Denver. Samantha serves as a research assistant for Dr. Kimberly Bender of GSSW. Her primary research interest examines the intersection between child maltreatment and substance misuse and the subsequent impacts on family functioning and child well-being. As a mixed methods researcher, her goal is to conduct research that aims to ameliorate child and family outcomes through interventions utilizing mindfulness-based and trauma-focused frameworks. Samantha also has an interest in the developmental, psychosocial, and neurobiological correlates of youth and caregivers exposed to trauma and stress, child and adolescent resiliency, and the linkages between child abuse, animal cruelty, and intimate partner violence.
Samantha received her B.A. in psychology and criminal justice at The College of Saint Rose and her M.A. in forensic psychology at the University of Denver. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and her clinical experience includes domestic violence and substance abuse counseling and child welfare casework.