Andraé Brown, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, co-director of Affinity Counseling Group (New Jersey), and board member for the Council on Contemporary Families. Dr. Brown earned his B.S. in psychology at Elizabeth City State University (North Carolina), his M.Ed. in school counseling at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy at Seton Hall University (New Jersey).
Dr. Brown’s research agenda focuses on the development of treatment modalities that use the social ecology of families, schools and communities to address trauma, violence and substance abuse. Research and clinical interests also include resilience in street-life-oriented Black men, the psychosocial development of adolescents living in the urban context, liberation psychology and cultural competence in service provision. Dr. Brown holds several grants to develop and implement re-entry and restorative justice services for youth and families involved in the justice system.
Recently, Dr. Brown has worked in collaboration with Pastor Cliff Chappell of the St. Johns All Nations Church of God in Christ around domestic violence prevention as a response to the string of murder-suicides that occurred in Oregon from November 2009–January 2010. The total within those three months exceeded the average annual count of 18 DV-related deaths reported by the Department of Human Services. Their work to promote violence-free living by engaging communities of faith—with a focus on men, boys, and faith healers—is a culturally relevant prevention effort that addresses the intersections of oppression experienced by communities of color. Their work is connected to the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence .
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Areas of Expertise
Liberation-oriented therapies, critical consciousness through education, African-American men, resiliency, and working with youth
- Brown, A.L., Dimititriou, M., & Dressner, L. (In press). Rituals as tools of resistance- From survival to liberation. In B. Riseman (Ed). Norton anthology: Families as they really are. Norton: New York.
- Brown, A.L., Almeida, R., Dharphuram, A., Choudry, A.W., Dressner, L., & Hernandez-Wolfe (in press). Indian and Pakistan on the brink: Considerations for truth, reconciliation, and forgiveness. In A. Kalayjian, R.F Paloutzian, & D. Christie (Eds) Forgiveness: A Tool for transforming conflicts and building lasting peace. New York: Springer.
- Brown, A.L. (2008). Criminal Rewards: The Impact of Parent Alienation Syndrome(PAS) on Families and Children. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 23(4), 388-396.
- Brown, A.L. (2008). I Too am Feminist: The Journey of a Black Male Transformative Feminist Family Therapist. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy,20(1), 1-20.
- Brown, A.L. (2008). Tools for the development of mental wellness. In K. Powell(Ed) The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life. New York: Simon and Schuster.
- Brown, A.L. (2004). Exploring Blackness as a site of resilience for street life oriented young Black men living in the inner-city. Dissertation. Seton Hall University.
- Inman, A. G., Meza, M., Brown, A., & Hargrove, B. K. (July, 2004). Students-faculty perceptions of multicultural training in accredited MFT programs and its relation to students’ self-reported competence. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 30(3), 373–388.
- Inman, A. G., Rawls, K. N., Meza M. M., & Brown, A. L. (2002). An integrative approach to assessment and intervention with adolescents of color. In R. F.Massey & S. D. Massey (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy, Vol. III(Interpersonal, Humanistic, Existential Approaches)(pp.153-178). New York: Wiley& Sons.
- Flisher, A.J., Brown, A.L., & Mukoma W. (2002). Intervening through school systems. In: Miller, W.R., & Weisner, C. (Eds.), Changing substance abuse through health and social systems (pp.171-182). New York: Kluwer Academic /Plenum Press.
- Utsey, S.O., Bolden, M.A. & Brown, A.L. (2001). Visions of revolution from the spirit of Frantz Fanon: A psychology of liberation for counseling African Americans confronting societal racism and oppression. In Ponterotto, J.G., Casas, J.M., Suzuki, L.A. and Alexander, C.M. (2001). Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (2nd ed.)(pp.311-336). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Brown, A.L. & Dempsey, K. (2009, February). Surviving, living & winning: Exploring mental health and wellness in the Black community. Presentation at Talking Drum Bookstore, Portland OR thru Center for Continuing Education & Professional Studies, Lewis and Clark.
- Brown, A.L. (2008, December). Mental, physical and spiritual healing in church communities. Presentation at Building Bridges Church, Asheboro, NC.
- Brown, A.L. (2008, November). Black and male in America: A townhall meeting. A panel discussion with contributors to The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life (Kevin Powell, Ed). Moderated by Soledad O’Brien (CNN), Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY.
- Brown, A.L. (2008, October). Sensuality, Sexuality, & Sex. Presentation at the Liberation Based Healing: Just Families for a Just Society, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
- Brown, A.L. & Briggs, C. (2007, September). The 411 on working with urban youth. Workshop presented at the GSAPP Annual Cultural Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
- Chaisson, R., Brown, A.L., & Hernandez-Wolf (2007, June). Collaborative responses to social trauma: Partnerships in response to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Brief Presentation at American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
- Brown, A.L. & Dressner, L. (2006, November). Beyond Re-Entry: Reintegration and Transformation. Workshop presented at the NJ Association of County Youth Services Commissions-Realizing Potential & Changing Lives Conference, Long Branch, New Jersey.
- Almeida, R. Brown, A. Dressner, Lockard, J. (2006, May). Transformative Family Therapy Cultural Context Model: A Social Justice Approach to Domestic Violence. Keynote address presented at the Change and Treatment Possibilities Conference, Uppsala, Sweden.
- Brown, A.L., Mokund, R., Byrd, A.L. Darden, E., Lloyd, R., & Miller, M., (2005, November). Sex sells- But at what cost? Teen sexual exploitation and the media. Panel discussion presented by Girls Educational Mentoring Services, ListenUp and Sun in Leo at the screening of “Breaking the Silence”, New York, NY.
- Hernandez, P., Brown, A.L., Almeida, R., & Ryu, E. (2005, June). Postcolonial clinical supervision: A liberating practice. Workshop presented at the International Conference on Family Therapy: AFTA-IFTA 2005, Washington, DC.
- Lockard, J., Jordan, D., Brown, A.L., & Dressner, L. (2005, June). A community paradigm for the treatment of domestic, community and youth violence. Workshop presented at the International Conference on Family Therapy: AFTA-IFTA 2005, Washington, DC.
- Brown, A.L. (2004, March). Crisis Interventions: The intersection of psychology and law. Workshop presented at Montgomery County Community College, Troy, NC.
- Richards, K. Atieno, J., Brown, A.L., Ramotgibe, B., Tobias, B.Q., & Jackson, M. (2002, March). HIV/AIDS counseling research in Africa. Symposium presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
- Utsey, S.O., Bolden, M. & Brown, A.L. (2000, March). Using spiritual–based group modality in working with African American males in groups. Symposium presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
Ph.D. 2004, Ed.S. 2003 Seton Hall University, M.Ed. 1999 University of Maryland Eastern Shore, B.S. 1997 Elizabeth City State University