About Dr. Jessica Brown

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 and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in private practice, and provides education and consultation to churches and community organizations on mental health and organizational issues. In her clinical practice, Dr. Brown focuses on women’s issues and relational concerns.

Dr. Brown completed her undergraduate education at Elon University in Elon, NC. She then matriculated at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Counseling Psychology. In addition to her work obligations, Dr. Brown is engaged at the community level. She is the Varina District representative and Chair for the Henrico County Board of Mental Health and Developmental Services. She is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for VIPCare, a nonprofit organization focused on providing faith-based counseling services in the Richmond community.

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 personal wellness.