Larry Brown, MD
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
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Larry Brown's current research interests focus on HIV risk and the efficacy of HIV prevention treatments among subgroups of adolescents such as those with psychiatric disorders. He is the Principal Investigator of several major projects, funded by National Institute of Memtal Health (NIMH), that focus on the relationship between psychopathology and HIV risk behaviors.
BiographyDr. Brown is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with a particular interest in HIV and risk behaviors among adolescents.
Research DescriptionAdolescent HIV Prevention Laboratory
Ongoing projects, funded by NIMH and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), target HIV prevention for at-risk adolescents. Studies include analyzing the impact of a 14-session intervention that targets emotions and thoughts for improving at-risk adolescents' safer sexual HIV-preventive behaviors. Another project will demonstrate the impact of a family-based intervention to increase adolescent and parent communication and parental monitoring of adolescent activities. This family-based HIV prevention research is one of the first to target adolescents with severe mental illness and their families. Other studies will examine interventions for juvenile offenders and media-based interventions for community adolescents. In all studies, HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors are targeted through both didactic and skills-based activities. The laboratory provides training in HIV clinical research for clinical psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows.
Grants and AwardsPhi Beta Kappa
President International Society for AIDS Education 1994-1995
Faculty Mentor Award, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, May 2006
Certificate of Excellence, Department of Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital, December, 2007
Psychiatry Research Mentor Award, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, May,2008
Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the best scientific paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012
AffiliationsAmerican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
HIV Issues Committee (1988 - present)
Chair of Committee (10/93 to 10/01)
American Medical Associations Guideline for Adolescent Preventive Services School Health Committee (1994)
American Psychiatric Association's HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines Workshop (1998-2000)
Lifespan/Brown/Tufts Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
Director of Behavioral & Social Sciences Program (2006-2011)
Co-Direcctor of the Prevention Core (2011-present)
NIMH Annual International Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS, Host Site and Chair Local Planning Committee, 2008
Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1990 - present).
Member of Editorial Board (2002 present).
Adolescent AIDS Trials Network (NICHD), Member of Behavioral Leadership Group, 2005 - present
Funded Research"HIV, Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders among Youth" Principal Investigator: Larry K. Brown, M.D. Agency: National Institute of Mental Health Type: R01 (MH 61149) Period: 09/30/00 to 8/31/05. $326,877. This project will develop and test the efficacy of an HIV-prevention program that specifically targets the long-lasting effects of sexual abuse on safer sex behaviors among adolescents in intensive treatment settings.
"HIV Prevention for Youth with Severe Mental Illness" Principal Investigator: Larry K. Brown, M.D. Agency: National Institute of Mental Health Type: R01 (MH 63008) Period: 07/01/02 to 06/30/07. $1,099,885. This multisite project with Emory University and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)will develop and test the efficacy of a family-based intervention compared to an adolescent-only intervention and a standard care condition in changing safer sex behaviors among adolescents with psychiatric disorders.
"Family-Based HIV Prevention for Latinos. Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities" Principal Investigator: Larry K. Brown, M.D. Agency: National Institute of Mental Health Type: R01 (MH063008-S1) Period: 4/1/04 to 3/31/07. This supplement will allow Dr. Celia Lescano to obtain qualitative data in order to adapt a family-based HIV-prevention intervention that was developed for adolescents with psychiatric disorders for use by Latino families.
"Therapeutic Schools: Affect Management & HIV Prevention" Principal Investigator: Larry K. Brown, M.D. Agency: National Institute of Mental Health Type: R01 (MH 066641) Period: 9/1/03 to 6/30/08. $309,850. This collaborative project with UIC will develop and test the efficacy of an affect management intervention as compared to a skills-based intervention and a general health promotion program in improving safer sex behavior among adolescents with psychiatric disorders in intensive treatment settings. The Affect Management intervention from this project will be adapted for juvenile offenders.
"A Multilevel HIV-Prevention Strategy for High-Risk Youth" Principal Investigator: Larry K. Brown, M.D. Agency: National Institute of Mental Health Type: U01 (MH066785) Period: 9/30/04 to 7/31/09. $204,506. This collaborative project will develop and test a media intervention, in conjunction with group sessions, in reducing sexual risk behaviors among African-American youth in four cities.
"An Affect Management Intervention for Juvenile Offenders" Principal Investigator: Larry K. Brown, M.D. Agency: National Institute of Drug Abuse Type: R21 (DA019245) Period: 10/1/04 to 8/31/06 $185,750 This study will partner with the Juvenile Drug Court to produce a unique intervention that incorporates Affect Management with more traditional skills approaches and to inform the development of a larger study of HIV prevention with drug-abusing juvenile offenders.
Dr. Brown is the Program Director a NIMH-funded T-32 posdoctoral program: "Training in Child/Adolescent Biobehavioral HIV Research." It enrolls five fellow in a two-year postdoctoral training position. Predoctoral trainees also participate in a summer research experience.
- Houck, C., Lescano, C., Brown, L., Tolou-Shams, M., & Thompson, J.: "Islands of Risk": Subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, In press. (IN PRESS)
- Lescano, C., Vazquez, B., Litvin, E., & Brown, L.: Condom use with "casual" and "main" partners: What's in a name? Journal of Adolescent Health, In press. (IN PRESS)
- Lescano, C., Brown, L., Miller, P., & Puster, K.: Distress concerning condom use: Do feelings matter? Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, In press. (IN PRESS)
- Lescano, C., Brown, L., Hadley, W., D'Eramo, D., & Zimskind, A.: A brief screening measure of adolescent risk behavior. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, In press. (IN PRESS)
- Brown, L., Puster, K., Vazquez, E., Hunter, H., & Lescano, C.: Screening practices for adolescent dating violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, In press. (IN PRESS)
- Brown, L.K., Tolou-Shams, M., Lescano, C.M., Houck, C., Zeidman, J., Pugatch, D., Lourie, K., & SHIELD study group: Depressive symptoms as a predictor of sexual risk among African American adolescents and young adults. Journal of Adolescent Health, In press. (IN PRESS)
- Brown, L., Houck, C., Hadley, W., & Lescano, C.: Self-cutting and sexual risk among adolescents in intensive psychiatric treatment. Psychiatric Services, 56(2), 216-219, 2005. (2005)
- Lescano, C., Brown, L., Puster, K. & Miller, P.: Sexual abuse and HIV risk: an intervention framework. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth, 6 (1), 38-57, 2004. (2004)
- Brown, L., Schultz, J., Forsberg, A., King, G., Kocik, S., & Butler, R.: Predictions of retention among HIV/Hemophilia Health care professionals. General Hospital Psychiatry, 24: 48-54, 2002. (2002)
- Brown, L., Lescano, C., Lourie, K.: Children and adolescents with HIV: Guidelines for the clinician. Psychiatric Annals, 31: 63-68 2001. (2001)
- Brown, L. & Lourie, K. Motivational interviewing and the prevention of HIV among adolescents. Adolescents, Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Reaching Teens through Brief Intervention, P. Monti (Ed.) Guilford Press, New York, NY. 244-274, 2001. (2001)
- Brown, L., Lourie, K., & Pao, M.: Children and adolescents living with HIV: A review. Journal of Child Psychology, Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 41:81-96,2000. (2000)
- Brown, L., Lourie, K., Zlotnick, C., & Cohn, J.: The impact of sexual abuse on the safer sex behavior of adolescents in intensive psychiatric treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 157:1413-1415, 2000. (2000)
- Brown, L., Schultz, J., Parons, J., Butler, R., Forsberg, A., Kocik, S., King, G., Manco-Johnson, M., & Aledort, L.: Sexual Behavior change among HIV infected adolescents. Pediatrics, 106: 22, 2000. (2000)
- Brown, L., Stermock, A., Ford, H. & Geary, M.: Emotional reactions of haemophilia health care providers. Haemophilia, 5:127-139, 1999. (1999)
- Brown, L., Lourie, K., Flanagan, P., & High, P.: The HIV-related attitudes and risk behavior of young adolescent mothers. AIDS Education and Prevention, 10:565-573, 1998. (1998)
- Brown, L., Kessel, S., Lourie, K., Ford, H., & Lipsitt, L.: The influence of sexual abuse on HIV-related attitudes and behaviors in psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 36, 316-322, 1997. (1997)
- Brown, L., Reynolds, L., & Lourie, K.: A pilot HIV prevention program for psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Psychiatric Services, 48: 531-533, 1997. (1997)
- Brown, L., Danovsky, M., Lourie, K., DiClemente, R., & Ponton, L.: Adolescents with psychiatric disorders and risk of HIV: A review of the literature. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 36: 1609-1617, 1997. (1997)
- Brown, L., Schultz, J., & Gragg, R.: HIV-infected adolescents with Hemophilia: Adaptation and coping, Pediatrics, 96: 459-463, 1995. (1995)
- Brown, L., Reynolds, L. and Brenman, A.: Out of focus: Children's conceptions of AIDS. Journal of Health Education,25: 204-209,1994. (1994)
- DiClemente, R., & Brown, L.: Expanding the role of pediatricians in HIV prevention for adolescents. Clinical Pediatrics, 33, 235-240, 1994. (1994)
- Brown, L., DiClemente, R., & Beausoleil, N: Comparison of HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, intention, and behaviors among sexually active and abstinent young adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 13: 140-145, 1992. (1992)
- Brown, L., & DiMaio, D.: The impact of secrets in hemophilia and HIV disorders. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 10: 91-101, 1992. (1992)
- Brown, L., Spirito, A., Reynolds, L., & Hemstreet, A.: Adolescent coping behavior when confronted with a friend with AIDS. Journal of Adolescence, 15: 467-477, 1992. (1992)
- Brown, L., DiClemente, R., & Park, T.: Predictors of condom use in sexually active adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 13: 651-657, 1992. (1992)
- Brown L., Barone, V., & Fritz, G.: AIDS education: The Rhode Island experience. Health Education Quarterly, 18: 195-206, 1991. (1991)
- Brown, L., DiClemente, R., & Reynolds, L.: HIV prevention for adolescents: Utility of the Health Belief Model. AIDS Education and Prevention, 3: 50-59, 1991. (1991)
- Brown, L., Etemad, J., Brenman, A., & Dwight, S.: Child and adolescent psychiatrists and HIV disease: A survey. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 30: 723-728, 1991. (1991)
- Brown, L., Nassau, J., & Barone, V.: Age differences in AIDS knowledge and attitudes. Journal of School Health, 60: 270-275, 1990. (1990)
- Brown, L., Fritz, G., & Barone, V.: The impact of AIDS education on junior and senior high school students: A pilot study. Journal of Adolescent Health Care, 10: 386-392, 1989. (1989)
- Brown, L., & Fritz, G.: Children's knowledge and attitudes about AIDS. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 27: 504-508, 1988. (1988)
- Brown, L., & Fritz, G.: AIDS education in the schools: Literature review as a guide for curriculum planning. Clinical Pediatrics, 27: 311-316, 1988 (1988)