Fay E Brown, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center; Director, Child and Adolescent Development School Development Program Yale Child Study Center

Research Interests

Research Organizations

Child Study Center: Comer School Development Program

Extensive Research Description

A significant part of the work that I do focuses on helping educators and parents develop or enhance their awareness of the importance of a developmental understanding for effectively teaching and rearing children. Along this line, I have worked with colleagues to develop instruments that we are utilizing to collect pre and post-test data particularly from teachers, to ascertain their use of developmental principles in working with their students, and the impact of such developmental focus on students' behavior and their academic performance. Over the years, I have also been interested in examining the relationship between the level of acting out behaviors of elementary grade students who have often been labeled as “problem students,” and their ability to read. I suspected that for some students, the greater their reading difficulty, the more behavior problems they would exhibit. Data that I collected from several schools both qualitative and quantitative, confirmed that suspicion. I also found that for those same students, when they participated in an intervention reading program that I directed, both their behavior and reading skills improved in as quickly as six weeks and continued to improve as the school year progressed. I continue to work with some of those schools to help them improve conditions that will result in more positive trajectories for their students.

Selected Publications

  • Brown, F.E. & Murray, E. (2005). Essentials of literacy: From a pilot site at Davis Street school to district-wide intervention. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 10 (2), 185-197.
  • Brown, F. E. (2004). Essentials of literacy: Turning nonreaders into readers. In James P. Comer, Edward T. Joyner, and Michael Ben-Avie, Dynamic instructional leadership to support student learning and development: The Field Guide to Comer Schools in Ac
  • Brown, F. E. & Corbin, J. N. (2004). Child development: The foundation of education. In James P. Comer, Edward T. Joyner, and Michael Ben-Avie, Six pathways to healthy child development and academic success: The Field Guide to Comer Schools in Action (
  • Maholmes, V., & Brown, F. (2002). Over-representation of African-American Students in special education: The role of a developmental framework in shaping Teachers’ interpretation of African-American students’ behavior. The Trotter Review: Race, Ethnic
  • Brown, F., & Woodruff, D. (1999). Getting the most out of students: Effort and the teacher-student relationship. In James P. Comer, Michael Ben-Avie, Norris N. Haynes, and Edward T. Joyner. Child by Child: The Comer Process for Change in Education. New
  • Brown, F., Maholmes, V., Murray, E., & Nathan, L. (1998). Davis street magnet school: Linking child development with literacy. Journal of Education for Students Placed AT Risk. Volume 3, 23 – 38.

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Fay E Brown, PhD
Office Location
Child Study CenterNathan Smith Building
315 Cedar Street, Ste 103

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale Child Study CenterPO Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06520-7900