Chris Brown

Chris  Brown
Professor and Chair
Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences

Contact Info
215 Education


How I Help Students

Chris Brown is a professor and chair in the Division of Counseling and Educational 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

Brown, C., Serpe, C., & Brammer, S. (In press). The experiences of domestic violence shelter workers and their perceptions: A preliminary study. Violence and Victims.

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

Acosta-Lentz, T., & Brown, C. (November 5, 2018-Online) Mindfulness and health behaviors  in college students: The moderating role of sleep. The Journal of American College Health, 505-514.

Brownfield, J. M., Brown, C., Jeevanba, S. B., & VanMattson, S. B. (2018). More than simply getting bi: Coming out growth for bisexual individuals. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5(2), 220-232.

Brown, C., & Keller, C. (2018). The 2016 presidential election outcome: Fears, tension, and resiliency of LGBTQ communities, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 101-129.

Brown, C., Keller, C. J., Brownfield, J, & Lee, R. (2017). Predicting trans-inclusive attitudes of undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(11), 660-669.

Maliszewski, G., Gillette, M., Brown, C., & Cowden, J. (2017). Parental feeding style and pediatric obesity in Latino families. Hispanic Health Care International, 1-6.

Duan, C., Brown, C., Blue, E., Jones, L., Love. K., Kizer, B., Tedder King, A. (2017). Perspectives of women faculty in counseling psychology on work and family. In Olga M. Alegre de-la-Rosa (Ed.), Research on University Teaching and Faculty Development: International Perspectives.

Brown, C., Maragos, A. Lee. R., Davidson, B., Dashjian, L. T. (2016). Female-to-male transsexuals: Giving voice to their experience. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 10(1), 16-39.

Office Hours

Available by appointment