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Dana C. Branson is a full-time instructor for the Department of Social Work. Dr. Branson began her journey with the department as an adjunct instructor in 2009. Dr. Branson earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University in 2011, received her Master of Social Work (child and family emphasis) from the University of Kansas in 1995, and completed her undergraduate work at Southwest Baptist University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Counseling in 1993.
Dr. Branson has been a licensed practitioner (LCSW) and a member of NASW since 1997. Dr. Branson joins Southeast Missouri State after 21 years of clinical experience with substance use disorders, mental health, co-occurring disorders, and trauma-informed care. Dr. Branson’s practice is focused primarily with women and adolescents and incorporates the many diverse dynamics of rural social work. Dr. Branson regularly serves as a conference presenter, providing workshops, breakout sessions, and guided discussions on vicarious trauma, adolescent substance abuse trends, and military social work. Dr. Branson has published in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (APA) and SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender, and serves as an editor for Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (APS). Dr. Branson has participated in international social work opportunities in Ireland and Belarus. She hopes to return to Belarus to provide ongoing support to grassroots efforts to establish half-ways homes for women struggling with substance use disorders. Future research endeavors and interests center on prostitution, specifically rural versus urban dynamics.