Chris Brown

Chris  Brown
Professor Emerita
Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences

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How I Help Students

Chris Brown is a professor and chair in the Division of Counseling and Psychology. She joined the UMKC faculty in 1993 and has taught several courses, including practicum, internship, assessment methods in counseling, theories and methods of sex therapy, career development, couples and family therapy, and ethics and professional issues in counseling. In addition to her faculty and chair responsibilities, she has served in multiple administrative positions, including interim dean of the School of Education, interim dean and vice provost for Student Affairs, and provost’s fellow for faculty affairs. As a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas, she has over 38 years of experience providing counseling to culturally diverse populations. She also provides consultation to various organizations, including continuing education workshops on ethics and professional issues.

Research Areas

Dr. Brown’s research interests include cultural dimensions of career development, ethics and professional issues, gender transition, and intimate partner violence.


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.S., Counseling, California State University-Long Beach
B.A., Psychology, University of California-Los Angeles


Recent publications

Lee, R., and Brown, C. (2022). The relations among career-related self-efficacy, perceived career barriers and stigma consciousness in men with felony convictions. Psychological Services. Advance online publication.

Brown, C. and Maragos, A. C. (2022). Internalized heterosexism and psychological distress: A relationship mediated by self-compassion, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2022.2050454

Serpe, C., and Brown, C. (2021). The objectification and blame of sexually diverse revenge porn victims. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. Advance online publication.  

Brownfield, J., and Brown, C. (2020). The relations among outness, authenticity, and well-being for bisexual adults Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication.

Serpe, C., Brown, C., Criss, S., Lamkins, K., and Watson, L. (2020). Bisexual women: Experiencing and coping with objectification, prejudice, and erasure. Journal of Bisexuality, 20(4), 456-492. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2020.1820421

Brown, C., Serpe, C., and Brammer, S. (2020). The experiences of domestic violence shelter workers and their perceptions of shelter services: A preliminary study. Journal of Violence and Victims, 35(4), 539-561.

Brown, C. (2019). Dependence, on substances. In D. Hackfort, R. J. Schinke, and B. Strauss (Eds.), Dictionary of sport psychology: Sport, exercise, and performing arts (pp. 73-74). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Brown, C., and Keller, C. (2019). The 2016 Presidential Election Outcome: Fears, Tension, and Resiliency of GLBTQ Communities. In Pamela J. Lannutti and M. Paz Galupo (Eds.). The 2016 US Presidential Election and the LGBTQ Community. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group Publications

Office Hours

Available by appointment