||Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Psychology (Developmental), University of Pittsburgh
M.S., Psychology (Developmental), University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.
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Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development, Parenting Practices, Cultural Competence and Diversity, Early Head Start/Head Start
Dr. Brown is interested in examining the origins and determinants of social competence in parent-child interactions and toddler/preschool peer interactions in multiple contexts. Brown, a developmental psychologist, grew up on the east coast and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a MacArthur Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before beginning her research and teaching career.
She has served as an investigator on projects examining transitions to public school in Head Start children; parental competence in African-American, middle-income families; and resiliency in families experiencing depression. Her work incorporates a multi-method approach and is both observational and longitudinal. She is the co-editor of African-American Women: An Ecological Perspective (Falmer Press). She has published papers in such journals as Developmental Psychology and Development and Psychopathology. Her specialty areas include adolescent pregnancy and prenatal development, children/families in poverty, parental socialization practices and early childhood social development, Early Head Start/Head Start, and cultural diversity and resiliency.
Brown has taught undergraduate courses in the areas of developmental psychology, general psychology, infancy, "The Human Experience" (HMXP), and "Psychology of the African-American Child." Graduate courses include parenting, child and family development, and family diversity. She is a national and international speaker who has presented her work in Africa and Brazil. She has an expressed interest in public policy and a commitment to applying research findings to better understand the everyday lives of children and their families. Mentoring students from all ethnic backgrounds continues to be one of her professional and personal priorities.
In 2010, Brown was nominated as a member of Who’s Who’s in American Education and selected as a consultant for the Zero-to-Three, Early Head Start, Start-Up Planner Project.