Dr. Brown is a training and education specialist at the University of Arizona, has a joint appointment in the Health Promotion Sciences department in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and is an adjunct lecturer in Family Studies & Human Development with UA South. She earned her PhD in zoology and anatomy from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2000, and a Masters in Public Health from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2014. Dr. Brown is interested in the association between chronic stress and chronic disease, and is an expert in designing and implementing contemplative-based programs to help reduce the stress burden in both children and adults. As a mindfulness practitioner, Dr. Brown combines this skill set with her background in neuroscience to develop community-based workshops for health professionals, summer camps for teenagers, and classroom curricula for middle school children. Dr. Brown has become increasingly invested in the incorporation of contemplative strategies within higher education, in response to the high rates of depression and anxiety experienced by college students.