Talks, Training, & Articles



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. 

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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 Wellness
  • Nutrition and Cooking
  • Culture and Identity
  • Communication
  • Representations
  • Media Effects
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. (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.


Brandow, C.L. (2020, October). Strategies for building community-school partnerships for student support. Paper presented at the 2020 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Virtual.


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.


Swarbrick, P. & Brandow, C.L. (2020, September). Take Charge! of your goals with wellness coaching. Paper presented at the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services 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.

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:
  • 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.
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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

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.


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., Manderscheid, R., Bergeson, S., & Brooks, C. (2019). Achieving well-being in recovery: A review of existing measures. Delmar, NY: Policy Research Associates, Inc.


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.