Dean of Social Sciences; Professor of Psychology
Psychology / Academic
- Hopkins Center 101A
Virtual Office Hours:
Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-11 a.m. central time
Thursdays 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. central time (note that sometimes I have to cancel Thursday office hours because of meetings)
or email me for an appointment
Ph.D., MA: Department of Psychology; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
A.B.; Psychology; Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Cambridge, MA, USA
During the summer of 2004, I moved to Austin College from the NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention (CSEA) at the University of Florida. This move was spurred by my love for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. I enjoy involving students in research, and several have presented our research at regional and national conferences. After being promoted to associate professor in 2007, from 2008 to 2013, I served as the chair of the Psychology Department. I have also served on various committees including Faculty Executive Committee, Curriculum Committee, and the Faculty Planning Council for the 2015-2020 Austin College Strategic Plan. My tenure on the latter committee was preceded by work with Matt Krov, co-chairing a committee authoring the Prologue Report to the Strategic Plan that details ways in which demographic shifts among high school students may affect the landscape of planning at Austin College. After being promoted to full professor in 2014, I currently serve on the Faculty Retention and Promotion Committee. In addition, John Williams and I co-chair the Austin College President’s Task Force on Inclusion and Diversity from 2015 to 2017.
- PSY 201: Research Methods in Psychology
- PSY 222: Environmental Psychology
- PSY 240: Social Psychology
- PSY 255: Health Psychology
- PSY 265: Psychology of Human Sexuality (co-taught with Renee Countryman)
- PSY 340: Cultural Psychology
- PSY 410: Stigma and Prejudice
My graduate training was in social psychology. Much of my research focuses on collective identity, i.e., ways in which the personal (e.g., self-concept, self-presentation, well-being) and the social (e.g., group membership, cultural stereotypes of one’s group) intersect. My students and I currently are working on several studies with three general foci: 1) ethnic identity, identity impression management and social behaviors, 2) sexual orientation identity as a collective identity, and 3) sources of sexual socialization for heterosexual compared to sexual minority men and women. I have also done some work on prejudice towards Muslims and people perceived to be Muslim.
Publications, CV, and Links:
Brown, L.M., Awad, G.H., Preas, E.J., Allen, V., Kenney, J., Roberts, S., & Lusk, L.B. (2013). Investigating prejudice towards men perceived to be Muslim: Cues of foreignness versus phenotype. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, E237–E245.
Leach, C.W., Brown, L.M., & Worden, R.E. (2008). Ethnicity and identity politics. In L. Kurtz (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict. (vol. 1) (second edition) (pp. 758-768). San Diego: Academic Press.
Brown, L.M., Bradley, M.M., & Lang, P.J. (2006). Affective reactions to pictures of ingroup and outgroup members. Biological Psychology, 71, 303-311.
Brown, L.M. (1998). Ethnic stigma as a contextual experience: A possible selves perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 163-172.
Brown, L.M., McNatt, P.S., & Cooper, G.D. (2003). Ingroup dating preferences among Jewish and non-Jewish White undergraduates. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 27, 335-354.