Dr. Brown’s research focuses on behavior change interventions for diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly among racially and ethnically diverse women who bear disproportionate burdens of chronic disease. Her work includes developing and rigorously testing novel interventions to promote meaningful patient engagement in (1) life-long healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management behaviors; (2) preventive healthcare services, such as recommended diabetes screening and healthy lifestyle programs; and (3) clinical research, such as strategies to improve the representation of racial and ethnic minorities in randomized clinical trials. Dr. Brown is interested in implementation science and leveraging healthcare delivery systems to best support population health, risk reduction, and health equity.
As an educator, Dr. Brown is dedicated to supporting emerging scholars and increasing diversity the research community. She is Co-Instructor of Record for Introduction to Clinical Research (CLH 202) and Director of the HRSA-funded Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT-PC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (2021-22). Dr. Brown is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), Perinatal Origins of Disparities (POD) Center, and Feminist Research Institute (FRI). She is also an Adjunct Investigator at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Systems Science, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.