Dr. Tamara L Brown is the dean of the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology. She also serves as a professor of Psychology and executive director of the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center. She joined the University in 2012.
A native of Virginia, Brown attended Longwood College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Brown did her postdoctoral training at the Medical University of South Carolina and then took a position on the faculty there in the Department of Psychiatry where she did research on community-based interventions for juvenile delinquents and their families.
After leaving South Carolina in 1999, Brown joined the department of psychology at the University of Kentucky where she taught and trained undergraduate and doctoral students. She also conducted research on the predictors of drug use among African-American adolescents, cultural factors in African-American mental health and mental health service utilization and religion and spirituality. After serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Psychology, she joined PVAMU.
Brown is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice & Psychology and the associate editor of the Journal of Black Psychology. She has also served as the consulting editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Her research interests have garnered numerous grants, including a three-year research grant from the Hogg Foundation to work with faith-based institutions to improve mental health literacy and service utilization among African Americans.
Brown is the recipient of the 2013 Education Award from the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association and the 2004 President’s Award for Diversity from the University of Kentucky. In 2008, she was inducted into the Leitourgia et Homiletica Honor Society and the International Honor Society of Theta Phi in 2005. She has lent her talents and professional knowledge to several organizations, including the National Institute of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence, the American Psychological Association and the Knowledge Application Committee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Outside of her professional career, Brown enjoys playing golf, reading and serving as an ordained clergy person through the United Methodist Church. She has also played saxophone in a beginner’s jazz band.