A photo of Cassandra Miasnikov, a freelance writer specializing in positive psychology and women's health.

Cassandra Miasnikov

Cassandra Miasnikov

Cassandra Miasnikov is a writer specializing in positive psychology and women's health. Her work has been featured in publications including NAMI, Thrive Global, and the International Bipolar Foundation. Cassandra received her Bachelor's in Literature and New Media at UC Santa Barbara and studies Clinical Psychology at the graduate level at Pepperdine University.

Cassandra has earned the 20 Under 40 Award in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. She is a Lead Presenter for NAMI's Ending the Silence campaign, where she teaches middle and high schoolers about mental health.

Cassandra is the founder of Selene Marketing, crafting content and websites that help socially conscious entrepreneurs build a brighter tomorrow. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she spends her free time playing electric guitar, reading too much high fantasy, and info dumping about Marvel comics. You can connect with Cassandra on LinkedIn.

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