Jessica Young Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling & Practical Theology 
Director of the Barry Young Center

Dr. Jessica Young Brown is a counseling psychologist who serves as Assistant Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In this capacity she teaches and provides consultation and program development on issues of vocation, spiritual formation, and human development. Dr. Brown is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice, and provides education and consultation to churches and community organizations and mental health issues. 

Dr. Brown’s clinical and research interests focus around how spirituality impacts mental health help-seeking, meaning making, and symptom development. She has a specialty in working with ministers and their families.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Brown serves as the Director of the Barry Young Center for Ministry Formation, which provides vocational coaching and support to ministers at various stages of ministry. The Center provides education and intervention on issues such as vocational discernment, burnout prevention and recovery, and ministry transitions.


B.A., Elon University
M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

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