Faculty Biography

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.8840
Email: gbrown@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Brown received B.S. and B.A. degrees from Furman University in 2001, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and 2008, respectively. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Carolina Consortium on Human Development at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Brown’s research is broadly focused on social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood. His work has taken a family systems perspective, with an interest in how all family members and family relationships may mutually influence one another. Much of his research has explored the role of the father in the family, and the development of the father-child relationship in the early years of life. His past work has explored the correlates of father involvement, paternal sensitivity, and father-child attachment security in early childhood. Relatedly, he has examined aspects of triadic (mother, father, and child) family interactions, such as maternal gatekeeping behaviors and the coparenting relationship, as important contexts for adaptive family functioning and child development. Dr. Brown is also interested in the role that family relationships play in the development of young children’s self-concepts, and how the child’s emergent personality develops within the family. Much of Dr. Brown’s current work is concerned with documenting family processes in diverse populations, including projects examining father-child relationships, emotion socialization processes, and children’s representations of attachment figures among families from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

He has taught courses on general psychology, statistics, developmental psychology, attachment and the family system, and a laboratory course in developmental psychology. 

Selected Publications

Brown, G. L., Mangelsdorf, S. C., & Neff, C. (2012).  Father involvement, paternal sensitivity, and father-child attachment security in the first three years.  Journal of Family Psychology, 26. 

Brown, G. L., McBride, B. A., Bost, K. K., & Shin, N. (2011).  Parental involvement, temperament, and child gender: Differential relations for fathers and mothers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Brown, G. L., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Mangelsdorf, S. C., & Neff, C. (2010).  Observed and reported supportive coparenting as predictors of infant-mother and infant-father attachment security.  Early Child Development and Care, 180, 121-137.

Wong, M. S., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Brown, G. L., Neff, C., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Sokolowski, M. S. (2009).  Antecedents of mother- and father-infant attachment: Infant temperament, beliefs about paternal roles, and marital quality.  Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 828-838.