Hendricks Brown, PhD

Northwestern University


Dr. C. Hendricks Brown is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Preventive Medicine, and the Department of Medical Social Science at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Biostatistics and Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

He directs the NIDA-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and HIV, which is focused on developing new methods to support effective adoption, scale-up, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based interventions to prevent HIV incidence. He has published extensively on innovative methods for implementation science. He also co-directs, with Dr. Deborah Gorman Smith, the CDC funded Chicago Youth Violence Prevention Center that focuses on implementation research involving the Communities that Care prevention system.

Since 1985 he has received support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and more recently from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop statistical methods for the design and analysis of preventive and early intervention field trials. As director of the Prevention Science and Methodology Group (PSMG), Brown leads a national network of over 400 scientists and methodologists who are working on the design of preventive field trials and their analysis, particularly with advanced techniques for growth modeling, causal inference, and for missing data. Recently, his work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, and depression, and particularly the prevention of suicide. He has co-directed a randomized trial of 40 schools to evaluate the use of a suicide prevention program being conducted in three states, a randomized trial of a first-grade classroom behavior and curriculum intervention to prevent drug abuse, and a randomized trial of more than 50 counties in California and Ohio to test the dissemination of an evidence-based foster care program.

Brown co-chairs National Academy of Sciences Forum on the Promotion of Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health, has chaired a NIH-led committee on designs for implementation research and serves on numerous federal panels, advisory boards, and editorial boards.