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Sandra Brown

Distinguished Professor

Dr. Brown's research interests are in the area of alcohol and drug abuse across the life span. Her primary foci include models of clinical course for substance abuse, psychiatric comorbidity as well as neurocognitive and psychosocial factors influencing transitions out of alcohol and drug problems. In particular, Dr. Brown's current work focuses on factors integral to the etiology, progression and resolution of substance abuse, long-term impact of abuse of multiple substances, and generational differences in substance abuse and treatment outcomes.
  • Brown SA, Brumback T, Tomlinson, K., Cummins K, Thompson WK, Nagel BJ, De Bellis MD, Hooper SR, Clark DB, Chung T, Hasler BP, Colrain IM, Baker FB, Prouty D, Pfefferbaum A, Sullivan EV, Pohl KM, Rohlfing T, Nichols BN, Chu W, Tapert SF (2015). The National Consortium on Alcohol and NeuroDevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA): A multi-site study of adolescent development and substance use. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 76(6): 895-908. PMCID: PMC4712659
  • Bacio GA, Tomlinson KL, Garcia TA, Anderson KG, Myers MG, Brown SA (2017). Impact of ethnic composition on mechanisms of change in school-based substance use intervention groups. Prevention Science 18: 61-70. PMCID: PMC5659278
  • Pfefferbaum A, Kwon D, Brumback T, Thompson W, Cummins K, Tapert S, Brown SA, Colrain I, Baker F, Prouty D, De Bellis M, Clark D, Nagel B, Chu W, Park SH, Pohl K, Sullivan E (2018). Altered brain developmental trajectories in adolescents after initiating drinking. The American Journal of Psychiatry 175: 370-380. PMCID: PMC6504929 
  • Cummins KC, Zuniga ML, Reed M, Pitpitan EV, Brown SA (2019). Alcohol expectancies moderate the association between school connectedness and alcohol consumption. Journal of School Health 89(11): 865-873. doi: 10.1111/josh.12829
  • RA Zucker and SA Brown (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse (2019). New York: Oxford University Press.

Updated Feb 2021