Samantha Brown is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on the identification of barriers, promoters and pathways through which adversity shapes the health and development of children and families experiencing psychosocial risk in order to develop and test family-oriented interventions that target those factors.
Her recent work has focused on key biological and behavioral correlates, such as stress physiology and sleep, that may be implicated in childhood maltreatment as well as the role of parent-child interactions in buffering children from the negative consequences of early adverse experiences. She has translated this work into the development and testing of family-oriented interventions for child welfare-involved families, with a specific concentration on a mindfulness- and trauma-informed randomized controlled trial.
Brown received her B.A. in psychology and criminal justice from The College of Saint Rose in 2007. She then studied at the University of Denver, where she received her M.A. in forensic psychology in 2010 and her Ph.D. in social work in 2016.