Tamara L. Brown is the Executive Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of North Texas and a Professor of Psychology. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, an ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Longwood College (now Longwood University), an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. She did her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Brown's research and service spans several areas related to African American culture, mental health, and spirituality. She has published several works on African American sororities and fraternities, African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision, a boo she co-edited with Gregory S. Parks and Clarenda M. Phillips and was published by the University Press of Kentucky. Brown, Parks, and Phillips have also written "Barack, Michelle, and the complexities of a Black 'Love Supreme' which appeared in The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America and published by Oxford University Press. Brown has also published many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on cross-cultural issues affecting mental health treatment and assessment with African Americans, racial and ethnic differences in correlates and developmental trajectories of substance use and other mental health problems, the relationship between spirituality and behavior, and effectively treating juvenile offenders in community settings.
In addition to this work, Brown is a frequently sought after lecturer on topics related to increasing the representation of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education. For example, she has frequently conducted workshops for college students on demystifying the graduate admissions process, for graduate students on how to persist to the PhD and garner an academic position, and for university faculty and administrators on the academic track to leadership in higher education and strategies for increasing the number of women of color in higher education leadership. A charter member of Longwood's Pi Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in Spring 1987, Brown has also continued to support the chapter's stability, growth, and service since graduating in 1989 by giving financially and participating in the chapter's education and mental health activities.