This episode examines the interplay between the Child Welfare System, public policies, and the racial and gendered stereotyping of women and girls of color.
Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch Ed.D.,MSW
Assistant Professor Human Services
Dr. Vanessa Drew-Branch is an Assistant Professor at Elon University and the Owner of VLDrew Consulting Inc. Dr. Drew-Branch earned a BS/BA, Social Work/ Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She earned an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration, an MSW and certificate in public health with a specialty in women’s health issues at West Virginia University.
Before relocating to Charlotte, Dr. Drew-Branch was the Executive Director of Operations/ Mental Health Therapist at GrassRoutes Counseling Services, LLC. She co-founded GrassRoutes Counseling Services (GRCS) in 2011. Dr. Drew-Branch has begun a new business venture VLDrew Consulting Inc. The mission of VLDrew Consulting is to provide cultural and inclusion training and support for organizations, birthing and end of life doula and life coaching services.
Her current academic scholarship focuses on advocacy and social justice through empowering marginalized communities. Her teaching focus areas include mental health assessment, advocacy practice, and human diversity. She is interested in expanding her research and practice to include work around maternal mental health, grief, and loss. She is the proud mother for four kids Kye, Brennen, Elan, and Eliea.