Eleanor D. Brown, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at West Chester University, where she directs the Early Childhood Cognition and Emotions Lab (ECCEL) and co-directs the Research on Equity via the Arts in Childhood or REACH Lab. Dr. Brown is internationally recognized for her scholarship on children facing stress and trauma related to poverty and racism, as well as her research on arts-based interventions. Her scholarship has highlighted diversity among families facing adversity and opportunities for building on family and community strengths to promote children's flourishing. For the past 15 years, Dr. Brown has worked with community partners such as Settlement Music School to study how music and the arts might advance equity. Dr. Brown serves as an advisor for arts policy, practice, and funding initiatives as well as for PBS Kids® and for Sesame Workshop and PNC’s Grow Up Great® initiative. She loves being a mom and enjoys supporting her own children’s passion for music and the arts. See more

Research Labs

ECCEL and REACH are partner labs. ECCEL focuses on the impact of poverty and racism on children and families and programs that can make a difference. REACH focuses specifically on how music and the arts might build on family and community strengths to promote children’s flourishing and advance equity.

Example Research Projects