Faculty profile

Laura Brown

HDV Advisement Coordinator


406 Mahar

Office hours

Monday 4-5:30 pm (Join Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 962 6932 9231 Passcode: 482128
Tuesday 4-5:30 pm (Join Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 934 7740 7955 Passcode: 204368
Wednesday 4-5 pm (Join Zoom Meeting)  Meeting ID: 979 1493 7016 Passcode: 191809

My training is in lifespan development, with interdisciplinary masters and doctorate degrees in Human Development and Family. My research program has included studies of:

  • Intergenerational Family Relationships
  • Family Kinkeeping
  • Adoption
  • Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships
  • Service-Learning in Gerontology

Faculty positions

  • Human Development Department Chair, 2014 - 2017, SUNY Oswego
  • Professor 2013 - present, SUNY Oswego
  • Associate Professor 2004 - 2012, SUNY Oswego
  • Assistant Professor 1997 - 2003, SUNY Oswego
  • Adjunct faculty at SUNY Oswego 1988-1998, SUNY Oswego


  • Roodin, P., Brown, L.H. & Shedlock, D. (2013). Intergenerational service-learning: A review of recent literature and directions for the future. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 34, 3-25.
  • Brown, L.H. & DeRycke, S.B. (2010). The kinkeeping connection: Continuity, crisis and consensus. Journal of Intergenerational relationships,8(4), 338-353.
  • Lewis, S., Brown, L.H. and Ryniker, M. (2010). Feminine gender roles as predictors of attitudes toward different adoption types. Poster presented at the campus Summer Scholars Research display, October, 2010.
  • Brown, L.H. & Ryniker, M. (2010). A whole new world: Undergraduates’ reactions to different types of adoption. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, March, 2010, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Shedlock, D. J. & Brown, L.H. (2007). Venus: An honest (and disconcerting) look at an intergenerational relationship. Media review for Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 6(1), 107-110.
  • Brown, L.H. & Shedlock, D.L. (2007). Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont: Of widowhood and fictive kin. Media review for Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 6(1), 111-114.
  • Brown, L.H. & DeRycke, S.B. (2005). The Kinkeeping connection: An intergenerational empirical examination. Paper presentation at the 67th Annual Conference for the National Council on Family Relations, held in Phoenix, Arizona in November, 2005. 
  • Roodin, P.A. & Brown, L.H. (2003). Imagery in the 21st century: New perspectives on an old Question. Journal of Mental Imagery, 27 (3-4), 231-234. Brown, L.H. (2003b). Grandparent-grandchild role perceptions as viewed by young adults. Poster presentation at the 65th Annual Conference for the National Council on Family Relations, held in Vancouver, Canada in November, 2003.
  • Brown, L.H. (2003a). Intergenerational influences on perception of current relationships with grandparents. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (premier edition), pp.95-112.
  • Brown, L.H. & Roodin, P.A. (2002). Grandparent-grandchild relationships and the lifecourse perspective. (pp. 459-474) In J. Mednick and C. Andrioletti (Eds.) Handbook of Adult Development. New York: Plenum Press.
  • Brown, L.H. & Roodin, P.A. (2001). Service-learning in gerontology: An out-of-classroom experience. Educational Gerontology, 27,(1), 89-103.


  • National Council on Family Relations (multiple years)
  • Family Science Association (2017)
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (2001, 2013)
  • Eastern Psychological Association, (1999, 2010)

Awards and honors

  • President's Award for Excellence in Advisement, 2003
  • Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant, 2009
  • Summer Scholars Grant, 2010
  • COLT Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 2010
  • Peterson Award for Best Research Paper, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, 2013


  • Ph.D., Child and Family Studies, Syracuse University
  • MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA SUNY Oswego in Honors Psychology