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New Faculty Spotlight: Meet Eric Brown

January 11, 2018

Dr. Eric Brown serves as program director of Wheaton's Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A. program and assistant professor of counseling.

Dr. Eric BrownName: Eric Brown


  • B.A. Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • M.Div., Abilene Christian University
  • M.Ed., Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida
  • Ed.S. Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida
  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Old Dominion University

Philosophy of Education:
I prepare clinicians to serve a diverse clientele with wisdom, intellectual rigor, and spiritual integrity.

Before Wheaton, I was:
Pastoring a university church across the street from the University of Florida. Most recently, I finished my Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where I did trauma counseling in a hospital setting.

Right now I'm working on: 
My research interest centers on interpersonal trust, particularly within relationships where one person is in a power position over another (for example, supervisor-supervisee, mentor-mentee, teacher-student, etc.).

I wish I could teach everyone that:
The work of a mental health counselor is preventative as much as it is restorative. Counseling is for everyone, not simply those with clinical concerns.

Last book I read for fun:
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. This is the biography of a young man who doesn't neatly fit into preexisting stereotypes. There is something beautiful yet haunting about his life, a story that has stayed with me much longer than most.

If I could travel anywhere, I'd go to:
Jerusalem. I have visited most of the cities that Paul wrote to, I now want to see where Jesus lived and taught.


The faculty in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is committed to developing professionals who voluntarily work with underserved populations and who center their practices around Christ. Discover more information about this unique program.