Sandra Ann Brown, professor of psychology and psychiatry, was named the Vice Chancellor for Research at UC San Diego in December 2010.
She oversees the Office of Research Affairs, which is charged with creating opportunities, enhancing the research experience, developing tools and training to improve research administration, and supporting and promoting university innovations.
The office collaborates with or oversees the campus Organized Research Units, Animal Care, Animal Welfare, Contracts and Grants, Research Ethics, Government Research Relations, University-Industry Relations, Conflict of Interest, Stem Cell Research, Technology Transfer Office, Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars programs, and Research Communications.
Total UC San Diego research funding for fiscal year 2010 was more than $1,043,000,000. That number included $160 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding the university was awarded over the same period.
During her tenure at UC San Diego, Brown has managed academic appointments in two departments: Psychology on the general campus, and Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. She has also simultaneously directed the development of clinical, education and research activities as the Chief of Psychology at the Veterans Affair Health Services System in San Diego. An internationally recognized substance abuse researcher, Dr. Brown has had over 20 federally funded grants and 250 scientific publications. She has extensive experience working with local, state and federal agencies and led national efforts to identify and prevent alcohol and drug problems among youth.
She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Wayne State University in 1981, and is licensed as a psychologist by the California Board of Psychology.
Ms. Brown will be a panelist at Philanthropic Strategies for Saving Innovation, an MCLE event sponsored by the Hartford Group of Merrill Lynch.