Geoffrey L. Brown

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Assistant Professor

205 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4897

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology University of Illinois 2008
M.A Developmental Psychology University of Illinois 2003
B.S, B.A. Psychology, French Furman University 2001


I study social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood. My research has focused on the ways in which family relationships may mutually influence one another, and the contributions of family functioning to children's early development. I have a particular interest in fathering, and much of my research has explored the development of the early father-child relationship. Past work has examined the correlates of father involvement, paternal sensitivity, and father-child attachment security. Relatedly, I have also explored aspects of triadic (mother, father, and child) family interactions as important contexts for adaptive family functioning and child development. I am also interested in the role that family relationships play in the development of young children’s self-concepts. My current research is examining father-child relationships, emotion socialization, and children’s representations of attachment figures in diverse populations, with a particular focus on African American families in resource-poor, rural communities.  It is my hope that this work will continue to make important contributions to our understanding of the family system as a crucial context for the social and emotional development of young children from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.


Brown, G. L., Kogan, S. M., & Kim, J. (2018). From fathers to sons: The intergenerational transmission of parenting behavior among African American young men. Family Process, 57, 165-180.

Brown, G. L., Gustafsson, H. C., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Cox, M. J. (2017). Associations between early caregiving and rural, low-SES, African American children’s representations of attachment relationships. Attachment and Human Development, 19, 340-363.

Gustafsson, H. C., Brown, G. L., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Cox, M. J., & The Family Life Project Key Investigators (2017). Intimate partner violence and children's attachment representations during middle childhood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79, 865-878.

Kogan, S. M., Yu, T., & Brown, G. L. (2016). Romantic relationship commitment behavior among emerging adult African American men. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 996-1012.

Brown, G. L., Craig, A. B., & Halberstadt, A. G. (2015).  Gender differences in parents’ emotion socialization vary by ethnicity and child gender.  Parenting: Science and Practice, 15, 135-137.

Barton, A.W., Kogan, S. M., Cho, J., & Brown, G. L. (2015). Father involvement and young, rural African American men's engagement in substance misuse and multiple sexual partnerships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56, 241-251.

Shigeto, A., Mangelsdorf, S. C., & Brown, G. L. (2014).  Roles of family cohesiveness, marital adjustment, and child temperament in predicting child behavior with mothers and fathers.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 200-220.

Brown, G. L., Mangelsdorf, S. C., & Neff, C. (2012).  Father involvement, paternal sensitivity, and father-child attachment security in the first three years.  Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 421-430.

Brown, G. L., McBride, B. A., Bost, K. K., & Shin, N. (2011). Parental involvement, child temperament, and parents' work hours: Differential relations for mothers and fathers. Journal Of Applied Developmental Psychology, 32, 313-322.

Brown, G. L., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Mangelsdorf, S. C., & Neff, C. (2010).  Observed and reported supportive coparenting as predictors of infant-mother and infant-father attachment security.  Early Child Development and Care, 180, 121-137.

Wong, M. S., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Brown, G. L., Neff, C., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Sokolowski, M. S. (2009).  Antecedents of mother- and father-infant attachment: Infant temperament, beliefs about paternal roles, and marital quality.  Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 828-838. 

Brown, G. L., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Neff, C., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Frosch, C. A. (2009). Young children’s self-concepts: Associations with child temperament, mothers’ and fathers’ parenting, and triadic family interaction. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 55, 184-216.

Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Brown, G. L., Cannon, E. A., Mangelsdorf, S. C., & Sokolowski, M. (2008). Maternal gatekeeping, coparenting quality, and fathering behavior in families with infants. Journal Of Family Psychology, 22, 389-398.

Brown, G. L., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Agathen, J. M., & Ho, R. M. (2008).  Young children’s psychological selves: Convergence with maternal reports of child personality.  Social Development, 17, 161-182.

Brown, G. L., McBride, B. A., Shin, N., & Bost, K. K. (2007).  Parenting predictors of father-child attachment security: Interactive effects of father involvement and fathering quality.  Fathering, 5, 197-219.