Aishia A. Brown, PhD

Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Public Health and Information Sciences
485 E Gray St., Room 025
Louisville, KY 40202
502-852-5164 (office)



PhD - Texas A&M University (2016) Recreation, Park, & Tourism Sciences
BS - Texas A&M University (2012) Psychology

Dr. Aishia Brown holds a Ph.D. in recreation, park, and tourism sciences with a concentration in youth development. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Africana and Women and Gender Studies.

Her research interests include social justice and community youth development. Dr. Brown’s most recent research focuses on community youth engagement, youth-adult partnerships, and recreational healing spaces. As a postdoctoral research fellow, Dr. Brown is currently engaged in projects that examine the best practices of the social justice youth development approach.

Research Interests

Social justice youth development; community youth engagement; youth-adult partnerships in social justice settings.


Principal Investigator, Bridge Kids International Evaluation. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. [$30,000]


In Press

Outley, C., Brown, A., Gabriel, M.G., Sullins, A. (in press). The Role of Culture in Out-of-School Time Settings. In Witt, P. & Caldwell, L. (Eds.). Youth Development Principles and Practices in Out-of-School Time Settings. Venture-Sagamore Publishing.

Pinckney, H., Mowatt, R., Outley, C., Brown, A., Floyd, M. (in press). Black Spaces/White Spaces: Black Lives, Leisure, and Life-Politics. Journal of Leisure Sciences.

Peer Reviewed Publications Under Review

Brown, A., & Outley, C. (Under Review). The Dehumanization and Adultification of Black Girlhood: Understanding the Importance of Leisure Spaces through Egypt’s Story. Journal of Leisure Sciences.

Brown, A., Pinckney, H., Outley, C. (Under Review). Examining the use of Leisure for Sociopolitical Development among Black Youth. Journal of Leisure Sciences.

Pinckney, H., Outley, C., Brown, A. (Under Review). Playing While Black. Journal of Leisure Sciences.

Pinckney, C., Outley, C., Brown, A., Stone, G., & Sanchez, H. (Under Review). Elements of Rites of Passage Programs. Child and Youth Care Forum.

Wu, Y., Outley, C., Matarita, D., & Brown, A. (Under Review). Cultural Immersion Camp Experiences: a Pathway to Nurture Ethnic Identity and Social Connectedness of Asian American Adolescents. Journal of Park and recreation Administration.

Conference Presentations

Brown, A., & Kelly Pryor, B. (February 2017). Urban Recreational Sites as Spaces for Radical Healing. The Academy of Leisure Sciences 2017 Research Institute. Indianapolis, IN.

Kelly Pryor, B., Holston, A., Brown, A. (February 2017). Navigating the Epistemological Lens of White Men: Examining Holes in Leisure Theory. The Academy of Leisure Sciences 2017 Research Institute. Indianapolis, IN.

Outley, C., Brown, A., & Kelly Pryor, B. (September 2016). “Miss They’re All White, They Don’t Understand”: Developing Cultural Competency with Youth Development Majors Through Community Based Service-Learning Experiences. National Society for Experiential Education Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Brown, A., Outley, C. (April 2016). Social Justice Youth Development, Radical Healing, and Artistic Expression for Black Youth. 2016 Society for Research on Adolescence Conference Special Poster Session. Baltimore, MD.

Brown, A. (November 2015). Exploring the Challenges: Hip-hop Education and the Youth-Adult Relationship Continuum. 2015 Words, Beats, Life Teach-In. Washington, DC.

Brown, A., Outley, C., & Pinckney, H. (September 2015). Cultural Youth Development Programs for African American Girls. Leisure Research Symposium Presented at National Recreation and Park Association Congress. Las Vegas, NV.

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