Samantha Brown is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), University of Denver. As a mixed methods researcher, her goal is to conduct research that aims to ameliorate child and family outcomes through preventive interventions using contemplative practices and trauma-focused frameworks. Her research primarily focuses on the impact of child maltreatment and concomitant parental substance use on multiple domains of family functioning among vulnerable families. In addition, Samantha is interested in the cognitive, affective, and psychophysiological correlates of youth and caregivers exposed to stress and trauma, and the mechanisms by which these factors can be targeted to promote child, youth, and familial resiliency and affect positive changes in well-being.
Samantha serves as a research assistant for Dr. Kimberly Bender at GSSW and for Dr. Eric Garland's NIDA-funded study, where she assists with a randomized controlled trial of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) intervention to treat chronic pain and substance use disorders among military personnel.
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.