Robyn Brown

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  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Director of the Health, Society and Populations Program
  • Health, Society and Populations
  • Sociology
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Center for Equality and Social Justice
  • Diversity and Inclusion
1529 Patterson Office Tower

Ph.D., Florida State University


Robyn Brown received a Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2010. Her research interests lie primarily within the social determinants of health and connect in significant ways with the fields of social psychology, disability studies and psychiatric epidemiology. 


Dr. Brown's current work examines two broad topics, which are: (1) the impact of adversity in one’s social environment on mental and physical health outcomes, which is reflected in her work on experiences of stigma and social devaluation; and (2) how social context, stressor exposure and psychosocial resources influence mental and physical health, more generally, and in ways that are patterned by gender and one's position in the life course. A current major project considers gender and age cohort variation in the persisting effects of the recent economic recession for mental and physical health outcomes.

Selected Publications: 

Brown, Robyn Lewis. 2017. “Perceived Stigma, Discrimination and Mental Health among People with Disabilities: The Conditional Effects of Coping Resources.” Stigma and Health 2(2):98-109.


Brown, Robyn Lewis. 2017. “Understanding the Influence of Stigma and Discrimination for the Functional Limitation Severity—Psychological Distress Relationship: A Stress and Coping Perspective.” Social Science Research 62:150-160.


Brown, Robyn Lewis, Gabriele Ciciurkaite* and Mairead Eastin Moloney. 2017. “The Effects of Job Autonomy and Creativity on Psychological Distress among People with Physical Disabilities: Gender Disparities.” Research in Social Science and Disability 10:205-224.


Brown, Robyn Lewis, Judith A. Richman, and Kathleen M. Rospenda. 2017. “Economic Stressors and Psychological Distress: Exploring Age Cohort Variation.” Stress and Health 33(3):267-277.


* Graduate student co-author

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