Shannon Brady is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University. Her research examines how people make meaning of themselves and their environments, how institutional messages affect this meaning-making, and the consequences thereof for diverse outcomes including well-being, achievement, relationships, and health. By developing and testing social-psychological interventions, she seeks to advance theory, elucidate psychological dimensions of major social issues, and develop new ways to improve individual and community life. Before pursuing research full-time, she was a middle and elementary school teacher at Taopi Cikala Owayawa (Little Wound School) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She has a M.S. from Black Hills State University in Education and a PhD from Stanford University in Developmental and Psychological Sciences. When not researching or teaching, she enjoys making delicious things to eat, spending time in nature, playing board/card games, traveling, and spending time with her husband James and daughter Hannah.