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Delisa G. Brown PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Racial mental health disparities
  • Racial Trauma
  • Substance Use Disorders
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Dr. Delisa Brown received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Howard University in 2018. She completed her clinical psychology internship and NIAAA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (2017-2020). She joined the MUSC faculty in 2021 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Addiction Sciences Division. Dr. Brown's research interests broadly involve understanding, preventing, and addressing racial disparities in mental health problems and substance use among African American adults. Her areas of interest include investigating racial differences in treatment outcomes and effectiveness and examining the effects of racial trauma, its’ impact on substance use, and the mediating role of racial identity on these processes to better inform the development of culturally tailored evidence-based treatments.  


Dr. Brown is currently funded by an NIAAA Career Development Award (K23) to examine how race-related stressors (i.e., racial discrimination, racial trauma) impact alcohol use disorder and a VA Diversity Supplement to examine the efficacy and mechanisms of action in an evidenced-based treatment to identify factors that facilitate the initiation of psychosocial pain treatment among African American Veterans using opioid analgesics for chronic pain management. She is also collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to study related areas of interest including (1) examining schools as sources of racial/ethnic disparities in youth mental health and behavior outcomes as well as contexts for intervention to reduce these disparities and (2) psychotherapeutic interventions and pharmacological treatments for comorbid alcohol use disorder and PTSD.