Samantha Brown, PhD is a mixed methods researcher with interests that aim to enhance behavioral health care for children and families in child welfare 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 psychophysiological correlates of stress-related conditions 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 served as a research assistant for Dr. Kimberly Bender at GSSW and for Dr. Eric Garland's NIDA-funded study, where she assisted with a randomized controlled trial of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), and research examining the victimization experiences of youth and associated behavioral health outcomes.
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.