Dr. Samantha Sanderson Brown

Dr. Samantha Sanderson Brown is a Clinical Psychology Fellow at Psychiatric & Psychological Specialties and Great Lakes Sports Medicine and Concussion Clinic. She attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Miami (FL) in 2009 where she was a Division I athlete. After working at a residential facility for youth and gaining experience in assessment at the Ohio State University Neuropsychology clinic, she decided to pursue higher education in psychology.

In 2017, Dr. Sanderson Brown attained her doctoral degree from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, OH. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where she provided therapy for patients as they adjusted to life after brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other chronic health conditions. She also conducted brief neuropsychological assessments. During her training, she provided services to patients in a community mental health setting, a college counseling center, a university medical center, and a university athletic department. She also provided neuropsychological assessment services for retired NFL players, as well as the local professional teams participating in the NFL, NHL, and MLS.

Dr. Sanderson Brown has a breadth of experience in psychotherapy and enjoys working with a variety of patient populations, especially in the context of life transitions. She aims to assist her patients in better understanding themselves, improving their coping skills, increasing their psychological flexibility, and helping them build agency in their lives. Part of her treatment approach includes working toward understanding that difficulties and successes co-occur and bringing awareness to successes that are embedded within the demands of life.

Stemming from her personal background, Dr. Sanderson Brown has a special interest in working with athletes across their spectrum of needs. These include, but are not limited to, neuropsychological assessment and concussion management, injury recovery/rehabilitation, transitioning to a new team/high school/college, improving performance, and retiring from sport. Further, she is passionate about being part of changing the perception of mental health treatment within the sport community and improving the use of mental health services for athletes who experience difficulties with their general mental health that may or may not be unrelated to sports (e.g., depression, anxiety).

In order for treatment to be successful, Dr. Sanderson Brown believes in a patient-centered, individualized approach that requires each patient to be an active participant in the therapeutic process. While therapy is challenging and can be difficult/uncomfortable, it is important for her patients to know that they are not alone and that it is an honor for her to be part of their journey. In addition, Dr. Sanderson Brown values a team approach to treatment which includes the use of neuropsychological and psychological assessments when appropriate.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
Randy Pausch