Maria Brown is an Assistant Research Professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, and a 2008-2010 John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Geriatric Social Work. She earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her dissertation, entitled, “Psychiatric history and cognition trajectories in later life: variations by sex, race and ethnicity, and childhood disadvantage,” examined the relationship between psychiatric history and cognitive function in later life.
Brown is co-Investigator of the Genesis Health Project’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Education Program for African American Women (Principal Investigator: Luvenia W. Cowart), funded by a 2014 breast health project grant from the Central New York chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She is Principal Investigator of “Age-specific prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders: Evidence from the HRS Medicare restricted access data,” a project supported by a 2013 pilot grant from the Syracuse University Center for Aging Policy Studies. Brown attended the 2012 Fenway Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health and the 2011 National Institute on Aging’s Summer Institute. In 2010, she received the Gerontological Society of America’s Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) Section Student Research Award at the Dissertation Level. Her work has been published in The Journal of Gerontological Social Work, The Gerontologist, the Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and the Encyclopedia of Health and Aging. Dr. Brown is the author of a chapter on LGBT Lives and Military Service, in the book Life Course Perspectives on Military Service, and co-author of a chapter on Gerontological Social Work (with Deborah J. Monahan), in Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues.
A social gerontologist who uses the life course perspective to research the later-life experiences of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, women, and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities, Dr. Brown is also interested in the long-term care experiences of cognitively disabled older adults and their caregivers.