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Mira Brancu, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, research center leader, and social entrepreneur. She oversees the operations of a translational mental health research center in the Department of Veterans Affairs, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, and is the founder and CEO of Brancu & Associates, PLLC, a women’s leadership consulting company with a Pay-It-Forward model to support emerging and underserved future women leaders. She hopes that this blog can help more women see themselves as leaders at work and in their community; provide tips and perspectives for seeking and succeeding in leadership roles; and highlight how companies, communities, and organizations can support high potential emerging and underserved women leaders.

Dr. Brancu has over 20 years of experience in clinical psychological interventions, management, leadership, and operational and organizational effectiveness working in a wide variety of settings and industries, including non-profit, federal government, K-12 schools, academic/university, healthcare, public health, and independent practice. She has authored over 40 publications and delivered over 50 scientific and educational presentations on topics related to building capacity for managing transitional and transformational experiences.

Dr. Brancu was born in Romania and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was 6 years old. She has lived and/or worked in New York, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Texas, and North Carolina, where she now lives with her husband and two children. In her "spare time", she loves weight training, listening to audio books on leadership in the car (while her kids complain), constantly learning and gaining new skills, and volunteering with her family in their community. She and her husband also love finding new interesting places to eat (the kids are iffy on this).

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