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Chrisanthia Brown University of Missouri - Kansas City

Chris Brown, Ph.D. is a cisgender, heterosexual, middle-aged, female African American counseling psychologist who currently serves as interim dean of the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), and is also professor in the School of Education’s Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology. She earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from UMKC, a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to her interim dean role she served as Chair of the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology and also served as Coordinator of the Master’s program in Counseling and Guidance (Mental Health and Couples and Family). She has over 21 years of teaching in counselor preparation programs and over 32 years of experience providing counseling to culturally diverse populations. She is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas and provides consultation to various organizations, including continuing education workshops on ethics and professional issues to mental health professionals.

             Chris Brown has authored/co-authored over 45 refereed journal articles, many of which have a multicultural focus. Among the several courses she has taught: ethics and professional issues in counseling, couples and family therapy, theories and methods of sex therapy, career development, assessment and counseling practicum, she infuses the important role of multiculturalism in her training initiatives. The focus of Chris Brown’s research is cultural dimensions of career development, gender transitions, and ethics and professional issues in counseling. She has received various acknowledgments and awards for her work, with the most recent being UMKC’s Lavender Award for Outstanding Faculty for her multicultural sensitivity and emphasis on training counseling students to embrace and understand the importance of individual and cultural diversity.  In her varied roles as educator, researcher, practitioner, and consultant, Chris Brown strives to generate knowledge that can be used to address social concerns and individual problems and is committed to educating and mentoring counseling students.