Kristie Brandt, CNM, DNP

Visiting Faculty, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Director, Parent-Infant & Child Institute
Director, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program
Teaching Fellow, Child Trauma Academy

Dr. Brandt developed and oversaw the Napa County Touchpoints nurse home visiting program, and conducted research of models for nurse home visiting services. For fifteen years Dr. Brandt has lectured and trained with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton as part of the National Seminar Series, an educational program for professionals and parents. As the first Napa Valley Touchpoints site coordinator, she trained over 600 providers in the past decade. She has assisted in the development of Touchpoint materials, and serves on the Brazelton Touchpoints Project’s Board of Directors.

She served as Chief Public Health Manager for Napa County Public Health for 25 years, where she developed and oversaw the Therapeutic Child Care Center, the first such full-day, full-year center of its kind in the country for high-risk children with parents in recovery, mental health, CPS, and CalWORKs services with the county.

Dr. Brandt is a board certified nurse-midwife licensed since 1984, a nurse practitioner since 1981, and holds a California Public Health Nursing certificate. She is an NCAST instructor, and works in a private OB/GYN practice.

Education

  • MS Case Western Reserve University
  • ND Case Western Reserve University
  • BS University of the State of New York, Regents College

Areas of Special Interest and Expertise

  • Parent-child interaction and understanding as a primary public health concern
  • Lifelong implications of early care and relationships on the health and well-being of the child, the parent, and the community
  • Understanding the impact of the environmental in self and mutual regulation

Selected Publications

  • Brazelton TB, O’Brien M, Brandt KA (1997). Combining Relationships and Development: Applying Touchpoints to Individual and Community Practices. Infants and Young Children. 10(1); 74-84.
  • Brazelton TB, O’Brien M, Brandt KA (1997). Combining Relationships and Development: Applying Touchpoints to Individual and Community Practices. Infants and Young Children. 10(1); 74-84.
  • Brandt, KA & Murphy, JM (2000). Empowering Parents through Nursing Home Visits: The Napa County Touchpoints Model. Developmental & Contextual Transitions of Children and Families: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice. Columbia University, NY; 674-676.
  • Brandt, KA, Murphy, JM, & Rankin, E (2001). Therapeutic Child Care Center Pre-Opening Baseline Study of the Target Population (Tech. Rep. No. 1); Napa, CA: Napa County, Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Brandt, KA, Murphy, JM, Brazelton, TB, Keller, L, Pitman, S, Rankin, E & Longoria, T (2001). Touchpoints Approach to Pediatric Clinical Practice: The Impact of Home Visiting on Health & Wellness Indicators for Mother and Baby. In press.