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My Work

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Structural violence and traumatic conditions can contribute to poor mental health outcomes for communities. However, communities have the capacity to amplify protective factors to mitigate the negative effects of adverse community experiences, toxic stress, and trauma. 

Talks and Presentations
I like talking about topics that are important to me.  I talk to children, youth, and adults about areas related to:
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Culture and Identity
  • Communication
  • Representations
  • Media Effects
  • Nutrition 
I've connected with amazing people at local and national conferences and meetings; in workplaces; elementary, middle, and high schools; as well as colleges and universities.
Select Recent Presentations

Brandow, C.L. & Swarbrick, M. (2022, June). Co-developing a well-being model for young Black adults. Poster presented at the Rutgers University Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies Wellness in Recovery Conference, Virtual. 

Bauer, A., Brandow, C.L., DiGioia-Laird, V., & Swarbrick, M., (2022, April 29). Culturally driven research partnerships to promote wellness and recovery outcomes. Panel presentation at the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology Emerging Addictions Conference, Virtual. 

Brandow, C.L. (2021, October). Well-being in the workplace: No turning back. Invited session presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Virtual.


Brandow, C.L., Manderscheid, R., Swarbrick, M. (2021, May). Addressing racial injustice through behavioral health. Plenary session presented at the American Public Health Association Mental Health Section Mental Health Month Series, Virtual. [View the Presentation]


Brandow, C.L. (2020, October). Integrating nudge strategies into mental health service settings: Supporting positive behaviors to improve quality of life. Poster session presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Virtual.

Brandow, C.L. (2019, November). Healing communities from the inside out: A Wellness First Approach to community mental health. Roundtable at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Brandow, C.L. (2018). Adverse community experiences: Connecting zip code to mental health. Paper presented at the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. [View the Slides]

Training and Facilitation
Talking is fun, but sometimes a topic calls for a more structured conversation.  Whether by myself or with consultant colleagues, I've offered training on the areas above, as well as on:
  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces 

  • Well-Being in the Workplace

  • Black Mental Health + Well-Being

  • Cultural Responsivity
  • Cultural Humility
  • Microaggressions
  • Community Wellness
  • Adverse Community Experiences
  • Social Determinants of Health 
  • Trauma and Community Trauma
  • Wellness First Approach
Offering people resources, tools, or even just a new framework to better do their work is part of my work.
Select Training Tools

Brandow, C., Asadi, H., Myrick, K., Brice, G., Pitts, S., Canuteson, M., Wilson, I., Swarbrick, M., & Warrick, J. (2022, December). The well-being model for young Black adults. Piscataway, New Jersey: Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. [View the Infographic]

Swarbrick, P. & Brandow, C.L. (2020, September). Take Charge! of your goals with wellness coaching. Albany, NY: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. [View the Presentation] [Access the Workbook]

Brandow, C.L. & Cave, C. (2018). Exploring the impacts of community trauma and toxic stress on our well-being. [Slide Deck]

Articles and Posters
When I'm not working, talking, or training, I try to share my ideas with others by putting thoughts to paper. 
On 8.5" x 11", I collaborate with great minds to submit journal articles for publication. 
And, sometimes I go big - 84" x 44" -, chatting about research and ideas related to the topics on this page during poster sessions at national events.
Select Recent Publications

Kramer, C. & Brandow, C. L. (2022). Learning for collective impact. Delmar, NY: National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice, Policy Research, Inc. [Download]

Brandow, C.L. & Swarbrick, M. (2021). Improving Black mental health: A collective call to action. Psychiatric Services.


Nemec, P. B., Swarbrick, M., Spagnolo, A., & Brandow, C. L. (2021). Nudges to support health and wellness for individuals served by behavioral health programs. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 59(1), 21–28.


Warshaw, C., Phillips, H., Alpert, E., Brandow, J., Brandow, C. (2020). Substance use coercion as a barrier to safety, recovery, and economic stability: Implications for policy, research, and practice: October 24-25, 2019 Technical Expert Meeting summary and report. Chicago, IL: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health. [View the Resource]


Brandow, C.L., Swarbrick, P., & Nemec, P. (2020). Rethinking the causes and consequences of financial wellness for people with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Services, 71(1), 89-91.


Brandow, C.L., Brandow, J.S., and Cave, C. (2019). A Wellness First Approach: A lens for improving mental health and well-being. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 21(1), 39-54. doi: 10.1891/1559-4343.21.1.39

Interested in Learning More?
If you're interested in learning more about me and my work, take a look at my bio and resume!  Of course, you can also always feel free to contact me.


You have revolutionized the idea of wellness and wellbeing throughout the organization. You've built wellness culture into all of our projects and the company as a whole!

Crystal facilitates difficult conversations that contribute to a more authentic and inclusive work environment.

Crystal does not accept the status quo - she compels us to do better in a firm but compassionate way.

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