Edna Brown

Associate Professor


CURRICULUM VITAE

Educational Background:

Joint Ph.D. Degree in Social Work and DevelopmentalPsychology, University of Michigan, 2002
M.S.W., University of Michigan,1997
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, Frances Perkins Scholar 1994

Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan2002-2004
Research Fellow, Life Course Development Program, and Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan 2004-2005

Research Interests:

My research is interdisciplinary and draws on my background in developmental psychology, sociology, and social work. It focuses on the impact of stressful life transitions on health and well being during middle and later adulthood. Using life course theories, I examine how social (i.e., gender, social class, family configurations) and cultural contexts (i.e., race, ethnicity, religion), affect coping, health, and well being during normative and non normative life transitions

Selected Grants Awarded:

  • 2012, Principal Investigator, A Focus Group Pilot Study to Examine How Religious Beliefs and Social Relationships May Hamper or Enhance Health Promotion Behaviors Among African American Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivors” Large Faculty Grant proposal to University of Connecticut.
  • 2012-2013., Principal Investigator, Innovative Education in Health and Society: HDFS Educational Program in Research on Social Aspects of Health. Alan R. Bennett sponsored educational program that address social aspects of human health, focused on the synergy between teaching and research.
  • 2011-2012, Principal Investigator, Innovative Education in Health and Society: HDFS Educational Program in Research on Social Aspects of Health. Alan R. Bennett sponsored educational program that address social aspects of human health, focused on the synergy between teaching and research.
  • 2010, Principal Investigator, Provost’s General Education Course Enhancement Grant. University of Connecticut grant for developing online general education course.
  • 2008, Principal Investigator, The Divorce Experience among African Americans, Large Faculty Grant,–New Faculty Fellowship.
  • 2003-Pilot Investigator, Mastery, Family Conflict, and Depressive Symptoms among Grandmothers in Teenage Mother Families. Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)

Selected Publications:

  • Brown, E., Orbuch, T., Bauermeister, J., & McKinley, B. (in press October 2012). Marital well being overtime among Black and White Americans: The first seven years. Journal of African American Studies
  • Brown, E., Birditt, K. S., Huff, C., & Edwards, L. L. (2012).  Marital dissolution and psychological well being: Race and gender differences in the moderating role of marital relationship quality.  Research in Human Development, 9(2), 145–164, (ID: 681202 DOI:10.1080/15427609.2012.681202)
  • Pitner, R., Yu, M. S., & Brown, E. (2012). Making neighborhoods safer: Examining predictors of residents’ concerns about neighborhood safety.  Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32 (1), 43-49. doi 10.1016/j.jenvp.2011.09.003
  • Birditt, K., Brown, E., Orbuch, T., & McIlvane, J. (2010).  Marital conflict behaviors and implications for divorce over 16 years. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 1188-1204
  • Brown, E. (2010). Work, retirement, race, and health disparities. In T. C. Antonucci and J. S. Jackson (Eds.), Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics: Life-Course Perspectives on Late-Life Health Inequalities, 29, (233- 249). New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Brown, E., Orbuch, T., & Maharaj, A. (2010) Social networks  and marital stability among Black American and White American couples.  In Kieran Sullivan and Joanne Davila (Eds.), Support Processes in Intimate Relationships (319-334).  New York: Oxford University Press
  • Brown, E. (2009).  African American Families.  In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (pp. 60-62). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Brown, E., Orbuch, T., & Bauermeister, J.A. . (2008)  Religiosity and marital stability among Black American couples and White American couples.  Family Relations 57: 185-196.
  • Brown, E., Caldwell, C., Antonucci, T. (2008).  Religiosity as a Moderator of Family Conflict and Depressive Symptoms among African American and White American Young Grandmothers.  Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment. 18, 4, 397- 413.
  • Brown, E. (2007). Care recipients’ psychological well being: The role of sense of control and caregiver type. Aging and Mental Health, 11(4) , 405-414.
  • Brown, E., Jackson, J.S, & Faison, N. (2006). The work and retirement experiences of Aging Black Americans. In J. B. James & P. Wink (Eds.), Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics: The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Post-retirement PeriodVol. 26, (pp. 39- 60). New York: Springer.
  • Brown, E., & Jackson, J. S. (2004). Age-related issues among minority populations. In C. Spielberger, and R. K. Lee (Eds.).Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. (pp. 79-90). London: Elsevier.
  • Brown, E. (2000). Elder abuse in the African American community. African American Perspectives, Spring-Summer, 105-114.

Selected Presentations at Professional Meetings:

  • Invited Webinar Presentation
    Brown, E.; Birditt, K., Huff, S., Edwards, L. (June 15, 2012) Marital Dissolution and Psychological Well Being: Race and Gender Differences in the Moderating Role of Marital Relationship Quality Till Death do us Part: Contexts and Implications of Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage across Adulthood. Society for the Study of Human Development
  • Brown, E., Bauermeister, J., & Orbuch, T. (2010). Family-Based Ties in Early Marriage and Couples’ Marital Stability over Time Symposium paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • Brown, E. & Sherman, A. (Co-Chairs) (2008). Risk and Resiliency in Social and Cultural Contexts. Symposium presented at the Gerontological Society of America, National Harbor, MD.
Edna Brown
Contact Information
Emailedna.brown@uconn.edu
Phone860 486 2781
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road U1058 Storrs, CT 06269-1058 USA