Dean's Welcome

Karin Elliott Brown, PhD

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Office of Graduate Studies at California State, University Los Angeles. We are a state comprehensive university with an urban mission of engagement, service, and the public good.

You are joining a community of scholars dedicated to advancing knowledge and developing leadership in over 50 master’s programs and three doctoral programs across our six colleges. As a graduate student you are invited to actively engage in a learning community that will challenge and promote your intellectual growth through research, creative projects, and professional development. 

Our devoted and accomplished faculty bring to the university a depth and range of experience in their respective fields, and provide graduate students with mentorship through hands-on research and field work. Our campus offers many opportunities to collaborate with faculty, fellow students and our community partners on innovative projects that serve the public good. Our University provides a dynamic and diverse learning environment that will prepare you to be leaders in education, industry, and the public sector.

I encourage you to visit our Graduate Resource Center and participate in the workshops and programs designed to support your academic success.

I wish you the very best in the pursuit of your degree.

Karin Elliott Brown, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies

About Dean Karin Elliott Brown

Dr. Karin Elliott Brown currently serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to this appointment she served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for three years, Director of the School of Social Work at Cal State LA for five years, Director of the BA in Social Work program for six years, and as a faculty member in the School of Social Work for 15 years. She has over 25 years of experience within the field of social work as an educator and practitioner. Her practice experience has been in public child welfare and medical social work.

Dr. Elliott Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, in 1984. She earned a Master of Social Work degree with a major in interpersonal practice with families and groups and a minor in community organizing from the University of Michigan in 1986. She also earned a Master's degree in Psychology (1988) and dual Doctorate in Psychology and Social Work (1990) from the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Elliott Brown has 18 publications, including journal articles, book chapters, research reports, and book reviews. She has presented at numerous professional conferences and scholarly meetings. Her research has been in the areas of minority heath, trauma, and social support. She has been the principal investigator of four training grants totaling $4,473,352 (two in child welfare, one in mental health and an NIH-funded Bridges to the PhD grant that prepares Master's level Social Work and Nursing students for doctoral education and a career in social research focusing on health disparities).  

Over the years, Dr. Elliott Brown has served on numerous University, College, and School committees, such as Faculty Policy Committee, Fiscal Policy Committee, IRB, WASC Committee, Associate Deans Council, and Health and Human Services Chairs Council, to name a few. She received the Cal State LA Distinguished Women’s Award in 2004 for her professional achievements and service to the University community.