Psychology Professor Available to Discuss Overcoming Stress during a Pandemic

June 24, 2020

The following content first appeared on the news page while UMass Global operated under its former name of Brandman University.

IRVINE, Calif. (June 24, 2020) – Nakisha Castillo, D.M.F.T., Director of Field Placement and assistant professor of psychology at Brandman University, is available to speak to reporters covering topics related to mental health and how people can deal with feelings of emotional distress while their lives are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, fear, and stressors we are experiencing during COVID-19 can be easily explained based on how our body naturally reacts to an imbalance in our life,” Castillo said. “This is done through a biological response. This response is triggered based on what is perceived from the environment around us and our equilibrium being off. In order to reach homeostasis, we must find ways in which we can focus on our wellbeing. We can do this by being attuned to our emotional responses and physical needs, as well as by practicing ways to connect to resources and disconnect from the pandemic.”

For Brandman, Castillo teaches courses on community and environmental mental health, family dynamics, social psychology, and substance use.

Castillo holds a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. She is licensed to practice as a marriage and family therapist in California and has worked with the underserved and unserved populations.

To speak with Castillo, please contact Andrew Edwards at [email protected].


Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative programs and support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs designed to be relevant to more than 90 career paths. Brandman serves about 22,000 students, about 14,000 of whom are degree-seeking students, at 25 physical campuses in California and Washington, as well as online. Brandman offers fully-online courses for students anywhere in the United States and for military personnel serving abroad. For additional information, visit the university’s website.

Media Contacts:

Terri M. Carbaugh, Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs: [email protected]

Andrew Edwards, Senior Multimedia News Writer: [email protected]

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