Dr. Brandon N. Respress has been a nurse for over 20 years. While working as a nurse, she often noted that the source of many of the physical complaints (i.e., chest pain, abdominal pain, and headaches) were related to emotional distress, anxiety, grieving processes, and depression. Over time, she discovered that by really listening to a patient she could help them sort out whatever stressor they had going on. Not only did this help the patient in the appointment, but was beneficial in decreasing many of the physical symptoms people were reporting over time.
Dr. Respress has an innate passion for helping others, and absolutely loves learning. Brandon earned her doctorate (Ph.D.), Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health, and Bachelor of Science (BSN) degrees in Nursing, at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University. (We know, that’s a mouthful!) Prior to returning to Case Western for her doctoral education, she earned dual Master’s degrees at The Ohio State University. There she received her Master of Nursing (MSN) with the specialty of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Services Management and Policy. (Good. Grief.)
Brandon also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Nursing; and the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA), at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at UM. In addition to seeing clients at Lifeologie, she is also currently a faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Brandon shares with us, “Over the past 10 years I have provided counseling, educational programming, and mentoring to children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including churches, conferences, and primary and post-secondary schools.” Brandon also utilizes her training and research in adolescent mental health, which focuses on depression, suicide risk, and substance use/abuse risk behaviors, to begin to better understand the factors which seem to lead to many of these risky behaviors.
The combination of her research, clinical practice, and teaching within urban areas means that she’s excellent at interacting with clients from a variety of cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. “However, my passion is working with individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance abuse disorders” she explains. She is dedicated to fostering a positive environment and working with her clients to develop customized plans to improve their quality of life and support them on their continued journey of recovery.
Brando is a native of Cleveland, OH, and has fallen in love with the Texas weather. “Nine months of summer versus nine months of winter, need I say more!?” In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son and whatever new adventure they are doing, traveling, reading, singing, and spending time with family and friends.
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