Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D. is Vice Chancellor for Research and a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Vice Chancellor Brown 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.
Under her leadership, UC San Diego has achieved multi-year, billion-dollar investments in research and ranked as the premier public university in the nation for research, social mobility and public service. VC Brown designed and implemented major transformations of research structures and processes to enhance the university’s competitiveness.
She launched the Office of Innovation and Commercialization to accelerate UC San Diego related start-up companies, and improved training to help prepare trainees for future research careers.
Dr. Brown is a Distinguished Professor in two UC San Diego departments: Psychology and Psychiatry. Her pioneering studies of cognitive features of youth addiction and adolescent development have led to 26 federally funded grants including the current National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) and Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Consortium.