Staff Spotlight: Project Director Brandy Clarke, PhD, LP
Editors' Note: This story ran in our February newsletter, published Feb. 3.
Dr. Brandy Clarke, an associate professor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, took over our Center as project director in early January after the retirement of Dr. Joe Evans. In her previous role as co-project director, Dr. Clarke spearheaded the Center's school mental health training initiatives. Her background is in school psychology and integrated care.
Check out this Q&A to get to know her.
What aspects of your new role are you most looking forward to?
There are many exciting initiatives happening within our region and beyond to expand the behavioral health workforce and improve access to high quality services in our schools, medical clinics and communities. I am eager to partner with state organizations to help elevate this work through the training offered at the Mid-America MHTTC. I have been working in schools and in integrated care settings collectively for nearly two decades, and I welcome the opportunity to share the knowledge of our team with our broader community. I think that our region is making a lot of strides supporting the mental health and well-being of our members and I am happy to share in that effort.
What made you fall in love with mental health care?
I knew I wanted to be a psychologist when I was in high school, and luckily, my excitement for my work has never wavered. I thoroughly enjoy being in a help-giving profession and seeing the very real impact that the services we provide can have in the lives of children and families. I am most excited about the opportunity to bring about big change through the training resources available through the MHTTC and our training network.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
In my free time, I enjoy being outside and staying active. I like to run and snowboard and I love passing on my passion for these things to my children.