Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D. 

Distinguished Professor


Contact Information

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093 MC 0043
T: (858) 534-3526
F: (858) 534-3868


Sandra A. Brown, PhD is Vice Chancellor for Research and a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Brown is internationally recognized for her developmentally focused alcohol and drug intervention research. 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. Dr. Brown’s research yielded pioneering information on adolescent addiction and the relapse process for youth, as well as long term outcomes for clinical samples of youth who have experienced alcohol and drug problems.

She is the past President of Division 50 (Addictions) of the American Psychological Association, is on the executive board of numerous scientific organizations, and has over 320 publications. She is involved in addiction prevention and intervention at the regional, state, and national levels and helped lead NIAAA’s effort to establish national screening guidelines for youth. She currently directs the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA).

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