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Maria D. Brown


Maria D. Brown, PhD, leads the research function at Management Research Group. She is passionate about understanding human behavior and using research insights to help people reach their potential. Brown’s research explores contemporary themes in leadership, motivation, and professional development. Her recent research projects on leader self-confidence, diversity and inclusion, and gender and generational differences have received global attention. She regularly presents empirically based insights on key topics in leadership to a variety of audiences around the world. Her research has been published in numerous scientific journals, and her research on educational practices was recognized by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Brown holds a BS in psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and an MS and PhD in psychology from Vanderbilt University. Upon completing her doctoral degree, Brown joined the Murray State University’s Department of Psychology as an assistant professor. In that role, she directed research in the areas of development, teaching, and cognition. She has been at Management Research Group since February 2017.

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