PhD, Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University
Cohort Six Fellow

Academic Mentor
Marybeth Shinn
Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University

Policy Mentor
Jill Khadduri
Principal Associate and Senior Fellow, Abt Associates Inc.

Current Institutional Affiliation
Abt Associates: Associate

Areas of Expertise

Economic Supports for Families, Homeless Families and Young People, Low-Income Families and Individuals


Scott Brown received his PhD at Vanderbilt University in Community Research and Action, an interdisciplinary program combining community psychology, applied human development, and urban sociology, with a concentration in quantitative methods. His research focuses on relationships between housing, homelessness, child well-being, and family preservation, with an emphasis on applications for policy and intervention. He is particularly interested in how policy and natural experiments can be used to deepen our understanding of pathways between housing, developmental contexts, and risk and resilience for vulnerable children. Mr. Brown received his B.S. summa cum laude in economics and human and organizational development in 2009 and his Ed.M. in community development in 2010 from Vanderbilt University. Prior to his doctoral program, he helped prepare Congressional reports on national homelessness trends and researched the influence of housing interventions on well-being as part of the Housing and Communities practice at Abt Associates.