Faculty profile

Laura Brown

HDV Advisement Coordinator


406 Mahar

Office hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Students should email for Zoom link to waiting room 

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