Letters of Recommendation

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2022 – I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Brooke as my dissertation mentor as I pursued my PhD at Capella University. I began working with Dr. Brooke later in my dissertation journey, and working with her accelerated my progress significantly. Within the first submission of my previously approved work, I had zero doubt that I would have the opportunity to turn in a strong dissertation under her supervision. Her professionalism, dedication, and knowledge of the dissertation process gave me the anchor of expertise that allowed me to flourish. These remarkable skills and her learner-focused approach to the process made me feel she was as invested in my work as I was. I am forever indebted to her for her hard work, mentorship, and the many lessons that gave me growth as a person and a professional. I cannot commend her enough. She is a gift to Capella University and all the learners she serves, and I am forever grateful.

Ryan N. Vitatoe, PhD – Former Capella Mentee


I had the immense pleasure of learning under the guidance of Dr. Stephanie Brooke-Werley during my research internship- She is a phenomenal instructor who is dedicated to ensuring that learners get what they need. Dr. Brooke-Werley is extremely organized and responsive. She offers many additional tools to help doctoral learners with the dissertation process. Furthermore, she goes out of her way to reach every learner. Therefore, she provides a great mix of listening, speaking, and practical learning activities within a very safe, supportive learning environment. As a doctoral learner, I felt pushed to learn as well as to try out new competencies while being supported and gaining valuable feedback that helped me to improve and to grow. 

Sabrina M., Capella Research Intern

2021 - Dr. Brooke was my dissertation mentor at Capella University. Working with her throughout the dissertation process was such an experience. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement she provided throughout my journey. Dr. Brooke was so dedicated to my dissertation process and pushed me to not simply develop a strong dissertation, but also develop into a strong scholarly practitioner. Her knowledge of the process helped me immensely as a first-generation Ph.D. student. She truly cares about the individuals she mentors not just from an academic or professional standpoint, but also from a human level. I deeply appreciate Dr. Brooke for believing in my work and believing in me.

Ang’elita Dawkins, PhD – Former Capella Mentee

2020 - It can be tough to put into words my gratitude for Dr. Brooke and the support she provided throughout my doctoral journey while attending Capella University. Dr. Brooke became my dissertation chair towards the end but was instrumental in helping me cross the finish line. I literally felt stuck and wanted to give up. Dr. Brooke’s gentle nature and qualitative expertise were what I needed to finish. Her feedback was detailed, structured, and designed to keep me moving along in the process. During my process, I struggled with imposter syndrome; she helped me develop confidence in my research and belief in myself that did not exist before working with her. Dr. Brooke is knowledgable, diligent, patient, compassionate, and the perfect example of what a mentor should be. Having her as a mentor was indeed a gift!

Brandy Carter, PhD - Former Capella Mentee

2015 - I first met Dr. Brooke when I attended track 1 colloquium, which was a requirement toward earning my PhD. Dr. Brooke made quite an impression on me. She is one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable, and brilliant people I have met thus far. I was very excited when I received an email that she was assigned to be my dissertation mentor. I knew I was in great hands. Dr. Brooke was enthusiastic about my topic, detailed with her feedback, and always guided me in the right direction. It was wonderful having a mentor who saw my potential and talent. Online classes can be difficult because you do not have the face-to-face communication. However, Dr. Brooke took the time to get to know me and I felt she cared about my work and wanted me to succeed in not only my dissertation but in life. I am forever grateful to Dr. Brooke for the doors she has opened and for helping me realize my talents. I have not encountered many instructors like Dr. Brooke who are so inspiring.

Dorothy A. Miraglia, PhD - Former Capella Mentee

Co-Editor of Using the Creative Therapies for Grief and Loss Issues

2013 - You may have tried the rest, now try the best. In my experience, Dr. Stephanie L. Brooke is the three P’s of mentorship: precise, purposeful, and pointed. At the onset of my doctoral program, I was lost. From the first stage—Comprehensive Exam, through the Scientific Merit Review process, Dr. Brooke’s support and guidance has proven invaluable overall.  Simply, Dr. Brooke has helped me through this stringent, detail-oriented process with grace and finesse for which I will forever be grateful.

Theresa C. Dawson, PhD, MSW – Former Capella Mentee

 2012 - I have known Dr. Brooke for several years. She was my mentor when I was enrolled in the doctoral program at Capella University. Dr. Brooke is a great mentor. She inspired 
me to continue the program when I was discouraged. She did this by setting goals and coaching me until I met the required deadlines. Her leadership style is hands on, and direct, for example, she told me what was wrong with my dissertation rather than hinting about my errors. Her ability to assist students in meeting the requirements for graduation is unsurpassed. I would recommend her services simply because she is the best.

Jennifer Medlin, PhD – Former Capella Mentee

Outreach Coordinator

2012 - It is an honor and privilege to submit this letter on behalf of Dr. Stephanie L. Brooke. Dr. Brooke was my Mentor during the dissertation phase of the PhD program. During this time, she was precise, productive, and proficient. Dr. Brooke provided excellent APA editing and proofreading, valuable feedback, and gave me tremendous insight to remain focused during so many difficult times throughout this phase. Dr. Brooke’s encouraging words were so instrumental. She made herself available consistently on a weekly basis by way of: conference calls, one-on-one coaching, and moral support to ensure I stayed on track.

Additionally, Dr. Brooke was precise when responding with feedback, questions, or concerns presented by mentees. Another area that made mentees successful in my opinion was, once a mentee had approval of their proposal/dissertation, Dr. Brooke would ask her mentees to post the approved piece in the classroom to assist other students who may be struggling. This process was very helpful and it spelled success for a lot of students.

I valued the weekly communication between me and Dr. Brooke. It demonstrated a level of commitment and professionalism that connected me to her. I am forever indebted to Dr. Brooke for believing in me and pushing me through the dissertation process. I was encouraged by the spirit she showed and continued to offer. Her words of encouragement were a milestone all by themselves. I want you to know that she has truly produced a believer that will continue to excel in life.  For that, I am truly grateful.

Mallory Struggs, PhD – Former Capella Mentee

2011 - Dr. Brooke works at Capella University. She became my mentor when I re-enrolled in the program after taking a full year off. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed and felt like I was faced with an impossible task. Dr. Brooke was incredible in helping me pick up exactly where I left off a year earlier. She was always available when I needed support, had a question, or just needed to brainstorm. Dr. Brooke has a way of explaining everything so clearly and making suggestions that are easy to follow. Dr. Brooke moved me through the dissertation process quickly by getting me to work consistently, guiding me through each step, and helping me stay focused. I currently work as a school psychologist and have gone on to offer editing and coaching services to doctoral students! 

Limor Tintweiss, PhD – Former Capella Mentee

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