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About Retta M Brown Ed.D.

The primary research interest of Dr. Retta M. Brown is group counseling with adolescent females. Dr. Brown is currently a tenured associate professor at Virginia State University teaching in the Department of School and Community Counseling Dr. Brown is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and her Master's degree in Adult Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Brown earned her Doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Brown began her professional career working with adolescent males in the public school system. She implemented a mentor program and annual conference for young men. However, she very quickly recognized a need and developed a passion for working with adolescent females.
Dr. Brown has worked in several settings assisting the development of young girls. Initially, she worked in the public health sector with teen mothers. Later she served as the director for the healthful living unit in the public school system. She has also worked as a director for the 21st Century Learning Centers in middle school settings. She later implemented a mentor program for adolescent females in the centers.
Dr. Brown has written professionally and presented at various conferences and symposiums. She is a noted national speaker on adolescent female issues. She has developed the Brown's Concept of Oscillation, Which promotes the empowerment of adolescent females through self acknowledgement, and the development of communication and decision making skills.She has also developed the All Things Together Initiatively Teaching Understanding Determination and Excellence (ATTITUDE) Program. The ATTUTUDE Program is a 14-week group experience for adolescent females, which focuses on positive citizenry, self-responsibility and leadership. Her teachings, writings and presentations reflect her commitment to this population.
Dr. Brown serves on various university and community committees. She currently serves as the president of Virginia Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development and a member of the Association for Specialist in group work both are divisions of the American Counselling Association. She has experiences in therapeutic care, group counseling, non-profit management, community activism, program development, faith-based organizations and evaluation.
Additionally, Dr. Brown is a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She coined this phrase to reflect her philosophy on womanhood and living: " Be an untraditional, traditional woman…. through determination, change generations speaking softly while clothed in a positive disposition. "


Present Faculty Member, Virginia State University

Research Interests

African American female adolescents, Group work, Multicultural counseling, and Counseling skills

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Contact Information

Retta M. Brown, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
College of Education
Department of School and Community Counseling
1 Hayden Drive
P.O. Box 9077
Virginia State University, VA 23806


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