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Samantha Brown, Ph.D., MA, LPC

Samantha Brown Instructor and Research Associate

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1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586


Samantha Brown, PhD, MA, LPC is an Instructor and Research Associate. Dr. Brown’s research focuses on the identification of barriers, promoters, and pathways through which early adversity shapes the health and behavior of children experiencing psychosocial risk (e.g., maltreatment, environmental stress) in order to develop and test family-oriented interventions that target those factors. Specifically, she focuses on exploring ecological, social, and physiological factors that can be targeted in mindfulness- and trauma-informed intervention in order to exert the most beneficial effects for vulnerable children and families. Dr. Brown is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and her clinical experience includes domestic violence and substance abuse counseling and child welfare casework.

Degree Information

Ph.D., University of Denver
M.A., Forensic Psychology, University of Denver
B.A., Psychology, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

Academic Positions

2017-present, Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Psychobiology Research Group; University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
2016-2017, Postdoctoral Fellow; Stress, Early Experiences, and Development Research Center; Department of Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO
2014-present, Instructor, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, CO
2017-present, Instructor, Colorado State University, College of Health and Human Sciences, Fort Collins, CO


Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado
Certified Social Caseworker, State of Colorado
Department of Corrections Approved Treatment Provider, State of Colorado
Entry Level Domestic Violence Approved Treatment Provider, State of Colorado

Selected Grants, Awards, and Other Recognitions

2017: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Building a Multidisciplinary Pipeline of Researchers in Child Abuse and Neglect: Summer Training Institute for Early Career Transitioning Scholars, Fellow (PIs: Jonson-Reid & Widom)
2016: Society for Social Work and Research, 2016 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Award, Principal Investigator
2015-2016: Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation in the New York Community Trust, Fahs-Beck Scholar Dissertation Award, Principal Investigator
2015-2016: American Psychological Association Section on Child Maltreatment, Dissertation Award, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Brown, S. M., & Bellamy, J. (2017). Feasibility, acceptability, and clinical trends of a mindfulness-informed child welfare intervention: Implications for trauma-informed practice. Advances in Social Work. doi: 10.18060/21281
Brown, S. M., & Shillington, A. M. (2017). Childhood adversity and the risk of substance use and delinquency: The role of protective adult relationships. Child Abuse & Neglect, 63, 211-221. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.11.006
Riggs, N. R., & Brown, S. M. (2017). Prospective associations between peer victimization and dispositional mindfulness during early adolescence. Prevention Science, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11121-017-0750-z
Brown, S. M., Begun, S., Bender, K., Ferguson, K. M., & Thompson, S. J. (2015). An exploratory factor analysis of coping strategies and relationship to depression among a sample of homeless youth. Community Mental Health Journal, 51, 818-827. doi:10.1007/s10597-015-9870-8
Brown, S. M., Klein, S., & McCrae, J. S. (2015). Collaborative relationships and improved service coordination among child welfare and early childhood systems. Child Welfare, 93(2), 91-116.
Yoder, J., & Brown, S. M. (2015). Challenges facing families of sexually abusive youth: What prevents service engagement? Victims & Offenders, 10, 29-50. doi:10.1080/15564886.2013.875969
Bender, K., Brown, S. M., Thompson, S. J., Ferguson, K. M., & Langenderfer, L. (2014). Multiple victimizations before and after leaving home associated with PTSD, depression and substance use disorder among homeless youth. Child Maltreatment, 20, 115-124. doi:10.1177/1077559514562859

Selected Professional Publications

Brown, S. M., & Ash, J. (2017, April). Parental history of adversity and greatly increased odds of child mental health problems: Linked state-level data from Colorado. In S. M. Brown (Chair), Parental history of adversity and child psychopathy: Colorado state, tribal, and early head start data. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Brown, S. M. (2016, October). Mindfulness-based interventions for child welfare-involved families: Effectiveness of a randomized controlled trial. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.
Brown, S. M., Bender, K., McCrae, J., Phillips, J., & Rienks, S. (2016, October). Adverse childhood experiences as predictors of health profiles among families involved with child welfare. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.
Brown, S. M. (2016, June). Reducing parental stress among child welfare-involved parents: Effects of a randomized controlled trial. Paper presented at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, New Orleans, LA.
Brown, S. M., Barman-Adhikari, A., Bowen, E., Bender, K., & Rice, E. (2016, January). Social support networks of homeless youth and relation to homelessness and victimization experiences. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.