child development, curriculum, foundations, research methods and individual and family development
Elizabeth (Betsy) Levine Brown is in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University as an Associate Professor since August 2011. Grounded in an ecological systems perspective (Bronfenbrenner, 1979), Brown's research and scholarship focuses on developmental (i.e., social and emotional) and psychosocial influences on learning for marginalized children across PreK-12 schooling. Specifically, her agenda investigates the developmental and psychosocial competencies (e.g., socio-emotional, school mental health) of teachers and students that shape children and youth’s developmental and academic outcomes over time. With over 40% of U.S. children living in low-income families (Jiang, Granja, & Koball, 2017), coupled with staggering turnover rates in education, Brown's research centers on exploring these concepts among diverse, low-income communities particularly in our most vulnerable schools. Dr. Brown affiliates with Elementary Education (ELED) and Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) programs and teaches courses in child development, curriculum, foundations, research methods and individual and family development.
Dr. Brown received her PhD. in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) from the University of Pittsburgh, her MA in Psychology from Washington College, her MAT in Elementary Education from American University and her BA in Psychology and Educational Studies from Colgate University. Professionally, Dr. Levine Brown taught elementary school for five years from 2002-2007. As an alumnus of the Teach for America program, she taught first and second grades at Simon Elementary School in Washington, DC as well as Matapeake Elementary School in Stevensville, MD