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Eric Brown, Ph.D.

Program Director, M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Assistant Professor of Counseling


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My professional and research interests center around issues of interpersonal trust, multiculturalism, and trauma. More specifically, my research involves looking at interpersonal trust in relationships where there is a clear power differential such as between counselors and clients, supervisors and supervisees, and interracial relationships. I also serve as a co-director of the Multicultural Peace and Justice Collaborative, an innovative, collaborative research team that is intentionally multicultural in membership and focus. 

I have a background in trauma counseling both in hospital, college, and community agency settings. Mentoring has been a personal, professional, and research interest for the past eleven years and I look forward to mentoring students within each cohort within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Previous to becoming a counselor educator, I spent eleven years as a minister at a university church in Florida that was comprised of many international students from around the world.

During my personal time, I enjoy eating at local restaurants, exercising at the Wheaton College gym, and watching independent movies at the theater. I have been fortunate enough to do some international travel and look forward to visiting several more countries in the global south and far east in the next few years.

Old Dominion University
Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision

University of Florida
Ed.S., Mental Health Counseling

University of Florida
M.Ed., Mental Health Counseling

Abilene Christian University
M.Div., Theology, Bible, Ministry

Texas A&M University
B.S., Psychology

  • Trauma
  • Interpersonal trust
  • Multiculturalism
  • American Counseling Association (2008 to present)
  • American College Counseling Association (2014 to present)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2013 to present)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (2013 to present)
  • Counseling Theories
  • Group Therapy
  • Counseling Skills
  • Career Counseling
  • Lifespan and Development
  • Substance Addiction
  • Group Supervision
  • Multicultural Counseling

Cross-Ethnic Trust Factors: Black Counselors with White Mentors, 60-Minute Education Session at the American Counseling Association (ACA) annual conference
Brown, E. M., Kalkbrenner, M., Carlisle, K., 2017, March, San Francisco, CA.

Frankl and Yalom's Existential Therapies: Paradigms for Both the Atheist and Religious, 60-Minute Education Session at the American Counseling Association (ACA) annual conference
Brown, E. M., March 2017, San Francisco, CA.

Attachment Styles, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
Brown, E. M., 2016 Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.

Differentiation, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
Brown, E. M., 2016 Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.

Motivational Interviewing, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
Brown, E. M., October 2016 Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.

Positive Counseling for First Generation College Students: Going from What’s Wrong to What’s Strong, Presentation at the New Jersey State EOFPA Institute Training for Counselors
Brown, E.M., 2016, June Rider University, Lawrence Township, NJ.

Positive Counseling: Going from What’s Wrong to What’s Strong, 60-Minute Education Session at the American Counseling Association (ACA) annual conference
Brown, E. M., Holland, D., Carlisle, K., 2016, March, Montréal, Canada.

Career Exploration: A Career Program for First-Generation, Low-Income College Students, Counselors for Social Justice Featured Poster Presentation Session at the American Counseling Association (ACA) annual conference
Tate, K. A., Brown, E.M., 2016, March Montréal, Canada.

First Generation African-American College Students, In K. Fasching-Varner & R. W. Mitchelle (Eds.) The Journey Unraveled: College & Career Readiness of African American Students (p. 187-206)
Williams, C., Garrett, M., & Brown, E. M., 2015 Lanham, Maryland: Lexington.

Infusing social justice in counselor education, Presentation at the Virginia Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES) annual Graduate Counseling Student Conference
Brown, E. M., Kalkbrenner, M.T., 2015, March Regent University, Harrisonburg, VA.

The legacy of Liberation Psychology: Exploring the roots of social justice in contemporary counseling, Interamerican Journal of Psychology. Revista Interamericana de Psicología/Interamerican, 47, 373-382.
Tate, K.A., Torres Rivera, E., Brown, E., Skaistis, L., 2013

Dr. Brown conducts research on interpersonal trust and cross-racial trust. The first of two grant funded projects involves the creation of an interpersonal trust measure that can be used in assessing the degree of trust between two persons.  The second project focuses on the creation of a measure of cross-racial trust in an effort to assess for and further understand factors that engender feelings of trust between people of color and White persons. The creation of both of these measures involves research on the ways trust is integral to education, church, and therapeutic contexts.  A second line of research involves a study on the experiences of teachers of color who teach diversity and social justice courses in predominately white institutions, as well as the experiences of White students in such courses. This study has both a qualitative and quantitative component.