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Brown to be Recognized with Honorary Doctorate at Commencement

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 8, 2010) – An author, educator and well-known sports psychologist, Jeffrey L. Brown will receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Science, during fall 2010 commencement exercises Dec. 11 at the University of Central Missouri. He joins about 1,000 students who have met graduation requirements and are eligible to participate in ceremonies set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11 in the Multipurpose Building.

Dr. Jeffrey Brown
Dr. Jeffrey Brown

Brown, who earned a master’s degree in psychology from UCM in 1994, currently serves as a clinical instructor for the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is sports psychologist for the Boston, Chicago, and Houston marathons. He will be recognized by UCM President Charles Ambrose during undergraduate commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Graduates of the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will be honored during this ceremony. The 10 a.m. graduation is for students of the Harmon College of Business Administration, College of Education, and College of Science and Technology. Ambrose will be the keynote speaker for both ceremonies, making this his first-ever commencement address since becoming UCM president.

Commencement exercises for the School of Graduate and Extended Studies begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Special remarks will be presented by Susan Marie Thompson, candidate for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, and Braeson Hollenbeck, candidate for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

The award to Brown is the only special presentation to be made during the commencement exercises. The honorary doctorate is bestowed by the authority of the UCM Board of Governors upon individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and exemplary achievements within their fields of endeavor.

After earning his degree from UCM, Brown went on to complete a doctorate in psychology at the Forrest Institute of Professional Psychology in 1997. He was a pre-doctoral intern at Central Louisiana State Hospital from 1996-1997 and a post-doctoral fellow in child and adolescent psychology at Boston’s McLean Hospital, 1997-1998. Brown is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in two areas, clinical psychology and cognitive and behavioral psychology.

He has worked to advance his profession by serving on the Ethics Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, and was recipient of the 2000 Partners in Excellence Award from McLean Hospital-Franciscan Hospital for Children for his effective treatment and intervention activities. 

With a strong interest in helping athletes, in 1992 he became the first psychologist on the Boston Marathon medical team. He is an accomplished motivational speaker and the author of The Competitive Edge, a 2007 book which received praise from many experts in the field of sports psychology, and a second book, The Winner’s Brain, which studies how successful people use their brains. Brown is a sought-after source for media, frequently participating in interviews on behalf of the American Psychological Association and McLean Hospital. He has been cited as an expert by numerous media outlets including The New York Times, ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and Fox News.

Brown has supported UCM’s Department of Psychology and university students in various ways. He was a guest speaker for the department and attended a book signing on campus in 2007, and has supported the department’s Jerome M. Sattler Endowment to benefit students who are engaged in outstanding research, publications and thesis projects. Additional support includes funding for graduate student scholarships and the establishment of the Jeffrey L. Brown Leadership Award in 2008.  He also funded two awards first presented to students at the annual psychology awards banquet in the spring of 2009.