Leah Scholma Branam MSSW, LMSW
Assistant in Clinical Nursing
Leah Branam joined the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty in 2017. Prior to joining the faculty, Branam worked as a social worker focused on community health program implementation and research management at Vanderbilt Medical Center and VUSN. Over the course of her career, Branam has established a strong track record in community health practice, program evaluation, resource development, and cultivating community partnerships. She also manages the Communities And Students Together for Learning-Enhanced Service (CASTLES) program at VUSN, which partners community organizations with teams of trained college students to develop, implement, and/or evaluate community health programs. Branam is currently pursuing a PhD in Community Research and Action at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
- MSSW, University of Tennessee, College of Social Work
- BA, Calvin College
- Positive Youth Development Trainer, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Current Research/Scholarly Interests
- Community-based Health Promotion
- Campus-Community Partnerships for Health
- Sense of Community
- Positive Youth Development
- Community and population health
Collective Impact through Community Health Initiatives. Branam, L.-PI. Funder: United Way of Metro Nashville. 2017-2019.
Academic Engagement in Underserved Nashville Youth. Branam, L.-PI. Funder: Metropolitan Nashville Community Enhancement Fund. 2017.
Youth Health Improvement through Out-of-School Time Physical Activity Programs. Branam, L.-PI. Funder: United Way of Metro Nashville. 2014-2017.
Promoting Family Health through Community Kitchens. Branam, L.-PI. Funder: United Way of Metro Nashville. 2014-2017.
Promoting Physical Activity with Latino Youth. Funder: Peyback Foundation. 2016.
- Network for Social Work Management of TN