ruth brown-eenis
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  • Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019, Graduate Certificate in Disability Leadership
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, 2011, PhD Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • James Madison University, 2005, MA Psychological Science
  • Middle Tennessee State University, 2002, BS, Psychology

Research Interests

  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Traumatic Stress
  • Measure Development
  • Treatment Outcomes

Research Description

My research aims to address the mental healthcare disparity experienced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. My work focuses on the development of evidence-based assessments, including the use of epigenetic biomarkers, of emotional and behavioral concerns in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for use in treatment outcome studies. I am also interested in improving the understanding of biological and social determinants of mental health that are similar and unique to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve prevention and intervention for this population


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Seminar Award, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2023