Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant
Brenisen Wheeler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Spring 2019. She is currently serving as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Women’s Advocates, the nation’s first domestic violence shelter. Her current mission is to address domestic violence where individuals in Minnesota live, learn, work, and gather through Safety Recourse Crews, Community Advocacy Programs, and the implementation of both online and in-person educational curriculums reaching over 7,000 people each year. Her interests include trauma-informed/survivor focused approaches, mental health, intersectional identities, holistic wellbeing, yoga and mindfulness.
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. While working at a domestic violence shelter, Brenisen hopes to implement online tools to increase access to violence prevention education, develop evaluation tools for educational presentations, and other trauma-informed initiatives with the support of the Mind-Body Trauma Care Lab!
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