Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant
Brenisen Wheeler (she/her) earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Spring 2019 where she spent several years researching, studying, and presenting on identity, mental health, marginalization, mindfulness and trauma. She was mentored by Dr. Nguyen-Feng in the summer of 2018 through the Multicultural Summer Research Opportunity Program (MSROP) on a project called "Mental health at the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation among college students." The poster was presented at the Undergraduate Symposium in 2018 and the manuscript is currently being prepared for submission to an APA journal.
She is currently serving as the Community Education and Outreach Manager at Women’s Advocates, the nation’s first domestic violence shelter. In this role, Brenisen provides presentations, trainings, and workshops in the community to support Women’s Advocates’ mission of walking with victim-survivors and our community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Brenisen began working at Women’s Advocates in April 2019 and has reached thousands of community members, professionals, and students within the state of Minnesota and beyond.
She also volunteers as a Crisis Responder with THRIVE, has her 235-hour yoga teacher training certification, and 30-hour trauma informed yoga teacher training certification. She intends to apply to counseling graduate programs for the 2022-2023 cycle.