Terrell D. Brown, PhD

Terrell D. Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Howard University in Washington, DC 2014
  • MSW, Howard University in Washington, DC, 2010
  • MA, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University, 2008
  • BSc, Psychology, Florida Memorial University, 2006

Dr. Terrell D. Brown joined the Barry University School of Social Work in the fall of 2014, where he is an Assistant Professor. He teaches foundation courses: Introduction to the Social Work Profession, Social Work in the Social Services Environment, and Human Development in both the BSW and MSW programs. Prior to receiving his PhD and joining the faculty at Barry, he previously worked as a gerontological social worker for both the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services—Adult Resources Bureau and the Health Department in the division of Adult and Geriatric Health. He has also worked as a case manager, a foster care social worker, HIV/AIDS social worker, and research social worker. His practice experience has run the gamut from direct to macro social work practice.

Dr. Brown was a Frederick Douglass Doctoral Fellow and Preparing Future Faculty Fellow in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. He also served as a Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research intern for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and AARP intern. He was awarded the Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE SW). He is a Master Faculty Scholar trained in geriatrics and gerontology education through the Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC) and the Center for Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University. He is also a trainer for The National Association of Social Workers HIV/AIDS Spectrum: Mental Health Training and Education of Social Workers Project (NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project). His interests broadly include aging and diversity issues; ethno-gerontology, HIV/AIDS, social work education, and social welfare policy. In his doctoral work he explored how the intersections of age, race, spirituality, and sexual orientation impact psychological well-being among Black middle aged and older HIV positive men. He has published in the areas gerontology, HIV/AIDS, caregiving, well-being, and global aging.

Research Interests

  • Aging and Diversity Issues (Ethnogerontology and Social gerontology)
  • Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • Health and well-being
  • Black Men


  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • American Society on Aging (ASA)
  • National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), Associate Member
  • Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE SW)
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW)

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