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Jessica P. Brown, PhD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Administrative Title:

Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Center (CTRIC)

Additional Title:

BIRCWH Scholar


Howard Hall, 215A

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-8060


(410) 706-4433

Education and Training

B.A. -  University of New Hampshire

M.A. & Ph.D. - University of Maryland Baltimore County

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - University of Maryland School of Medicine




Dr. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Medicine in 2006 from UMBC. She has worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Kate Tracy and went on to complete an Epidemiology of Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Jay Magaziner; both at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is currently on the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the Division of Gerontology.  She is a health behavior change expert and health survey research methodologist.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Health behavior change, sleep, midlife mental health, survey methodology, health disparities

Highlighted Publications

Montasser,  M. E., Ziv-Gal, A., Brown, J. P., Flaws, J. A., & Merchenthaler,  I. (2015) A potentially functional variant in the serotonin transporter gene is associated with premenopausal and perimenopausal hot flashes. Menopause, 22(1):108-13. PMID:25026114


Albrecht JS, Marcantonio ER, Roffey DM, Orwig D, Magaziner J, Terrin M, Carson JL, Barr E, Brown JP, Gentry EG, Gruber-Baldini AL, for the FOCUS CAS Investigators. (2015). Stability of post-operative delirium psychomotor subtypes among hip fracture patients. J Am Geriatr Soc., 63(5): 970-6.


Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Sorkin JD, Kim E, Brown JP, Rheingans P, Harris AD. (2015). Lack of Patient Understanding of Hospital-Acquired Infection Data Published on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare Website. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol.2015 Nov 23:1-6.

Professional Activity

Dr. Brown is the coursemaster for PH610 and PREV758. She also serves as the Capstone Director for the MPH Program.