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Alison Leigh Brennan

What I am working on:

What I am working on:
Promoting mental health literacy and reducing stigma in rural Montana
Supporting agricultural producer mental health
Opioid misuse prevention

My Achievements

My Achievements:
Ph.D., Developmental Science, December 2016, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
M.S., Human Development and Family Science, May 2014, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
B. A., Psychology; Sociology, May 2010, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Work experience / Education

Work experience / Education:
Assistant Professor / Extension Mental Health Specialist, Montana State University, August 2019 - present.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (Michigan State University), November 2017 - June 2019.

Extension Parent Educator, North Dakota State University, June 2016 - November 2017.

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Assistant Professor / Extension Mental Health Specialist
Dr. Brennan is an assistant professor and Extension mental health specialist at Montana State University. She received a doctorate in Developmental Science at North Dakota State University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (Michigan State University). In her current role, her responsibilities include teaching one Community Health course per academic year; facilitating professional development for Extension staff and partners; community education, including implementation and supervision of evidence-based programs; obtaining grant funding to support projects; conducting research, and making scholarly contributions. Dr. Brennan has a strong background in program evaluation, and she is interested in examining factors related to successful implementation of evidence-based behavioral health interventions.
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Reading List:
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
America: The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari
The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere by Debra Marquart
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