AMES, Iowa – David Brown has been hired as the new behavioral health state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He began the position May 1.
Brown will provide subject matter support and leadership to extension efforts related to behavioral health, such as farm stress, stress management, mental health literacy and disasters. He also will engage with military families.
“About 18 months ago we knew farm families were facing challenges, and we started working on a behavioral health initiative. Our goal is for ISU Extension and Outreach to positively impact farm families with research-based information and education,” said Debra Sellers, associate dean in the College of Human Sciences and director for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.
“We developed this new position because we are committed to this work for the long-term and wanted to ensure we would have stable and consistent leadership across time,” Sellers continued.
Brown has previous extension experience, both as a county director and as a human sciences specialist in family life, serving Audubon, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Ida, Pocahontas, Sac and Shelby counties.
He also worked as a behavioral health practitioner with various populations, including adolescents and the military.
“Dr. Brown has a solid knowledge of farm families and families in general,” Sellers said.
Brown has served as the director of psychological health for the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard. He also has held a variety of clinical, supervisory and administrative positions at Mary Greeley Medical Center, Broadlawns Medical Center and Lutheran Social Services of Iowa.
Brown received his doctorate in human development and family studies, with a specialization in marriage and family therapy, from Iowa State University. He is licensed as a Marital and Family Therapist, is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Certified Family Life Educator.