Dr. Andraé Brown

Dr. Andraé Brown

Dr. Andraé L. Brown, Ph.D., LMFT, professional career highlights include serving as professor at Howard University, DC; Montgomery College, MD; County Hunter College, NY; Lewis & Clark College, OR; and is a visiting professor at Seattle University and the University of Southern California. He has also served as a director of community based mental health, educational and training facilities, a research fellow for the Council on Contemporary Families, and as a member of several national boards. Dr. Brown’s entrepreneurial spirit has lead him to develop initiatives designed to bring a critical, empowerment, and social justice based framework to the fields of education, mental health, sports, entertainment, public policy, and philanthropy. Dr. Brown is a 2014 recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. He currently resides in the Washington, DC, where he operates HERU Consulting, an independent clinical, research and consulting practice.


Dr. Browns research focuses on the development of treatment models that use the strengths and supportive structures of families, schools and communities to address trauma, violence and substance abuse. Research and clinical interests also include resilience in street-life oriented families and communities, the psychosocial development of adolescents living in the urban context, contemporary family structures, liberation psychology, cultural equity in service provision, and empowering multigenerational system involved families and caretakers.

Dr. Brown has developed and implemented educational, re-entry and restorative justice services for youth and families internationally. This is exemplified in his role as an Executive Consultant for Policy and Development in the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, Los Angeles, CA. In this capacity, he provides supervision, training and consultation in support of the Gang Reduction and Youth Development comprehensive strategy. The aim is to develop and implement community based gang prevention and intervention services; provide effective proactive peace-making and responses to incidents of violence; and improve communication and collaboration within and across school systems, government agencies, community-based organizations, and community residents. This initiative draws upon Dr. Brown’s ability to address global issues such as violence, homelessness, poverty, education, mass incarceration and health disparities by developing systemic interventions and informing policy that impact the daily lives of families and communities. In addition, Dr. Brown utilizes his trauma expertise to provide support to service providers, first responders, families and community members to bolster themselves and develop effective strategies to manage the effects of post-traumatic stress, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.

In addition to teaching, training, researching and maintaining a clinical practice, Dr. Browns work includes engaging community members, advocates, mental health providers, municipalities, and various institutions to utilize the resilience and strengths that exist within individuals, families and communities to bolster their mental health and wellness and interrupt violence in all forms. Such efforts include community talks, lectures, organizational trainings, and participatory action research. He also co-founded the Liberation Based Healing Conference an annual conference that brings together community and professional stakeholders to engage in dialogue and inquiry focused on a system of relational healing that embraces critical consciousness, empowerment, and accountability.

Dr. Brown earned his B.S. in psychology at Elizabeth City State University (NC), his M.Ed. in school counseling at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy at Seton Hall University (NJ). He is licensed as a Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapist in Washington, DC., Maryland, Virginia, and Oregon.