Sandra Ann Brown, professor of psychology and psychiatry, was named the Vice Chancellor for Research at UC San Diego in December 2010.
She oversees the Office of Research Affairs, which is charged with creating opportunities, enhancing the research experience, developing tools and training to improve research administration, and supporting and promoting university innovations.
The office collaborates with or oversees the campus Organized Research Units, Innovation and Technology Commercialization, Animal Care, Animal Welfare, Contracts and Grants, Research Ethics, Government Research Relations, University-Industry Relations, Conflict of Interest, Stem Cell Research, Technology Transfer Office, Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars programs, and Research Communications.
Under her leadership, UC San Diego has achieved yearly billion-dollar investments in research and has maintained the university’s top-five ranking as one of the nation’s premier public research universities. She has also overseen a major transformation of research-related processes, saving researchers valuable resources and time in a competitive funding environment.
During her tenure at UC San Diego, Brown has managed academic appointments in two departments: Psychology on the general campus, and Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. She has also simultaneously directed the development of clinical, education and research activities as the Chief of Psychology at the Veterans Affair Health Services System in San Diego.
She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Wayne State University in 1981, and is licensed as a psychologist by the California Board of Psychology.