Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD, MPH
Community and Behavioral Health
Dr. Brooks-Russell is an expert in injury prevention research with a specific interest in mental health and substance use. Her most recent work includes engaging with law enforcement in suicide prevention efforts. With other CSPH colleagues (PI: Runyan; Co-I: Tung) She investigated the perceived benefits and barriers of law enforcement agencies to provide increased access to firearm storage as part of a comprehensive suicide prevention approach. She found that a majority of police chiefs and sheriffs in eight Mountain West states reported providing firearm storage as benefits to the community and an opportunity to improve safety but expressed concern over not having enough space to store firearms. This important work with a critical public health implication will be published in American Journal of Public Health (in press). She will also be presenting this work at the upcoming 2018 American Public Health Association conference.
Dr. Brooks-Russell also works with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS). Her team examines behaviors of Colorado youth including experiencing bullying, having peer and parental social support, and indicators of suicide risk.
Dr. Brooks-Russell holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina. She spent two years at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development as a postdoctoral fellow before joining Colorado School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in Community and Behavioral Health in 2014.