James Brown, MSW, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor


2631 East Discover Parkway
(812) 856-4108
Area of responsibility:
IU Bloomington


Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work with a minor concentration in Education (2010). Indiana University, Indianapolis Indiana

Masters of Social Work: Major Concentration in Advanced Interpersonal Practice, Minor Concentration: School Social Work (1993). The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Bachelors of Social Work (1992). Northern Michigan University, Marquette

Area of Interest

In 2014, James accepted a position as Assistant Professor at I.U. Bloomington. His focus on social well-being has an emphasis to reducing school bullying for children and youth. Recently James began working with an interdisciplinary team to develop a cloud based service to address school safety by engaging students, their caregivers, and school personnel in the assessment and intervention process.

Teaching Interest

James is known for using experiential activities to allow students to engage by learning actively. He integrates his prior research and practice experiences in courses content to contextualize social work knowledge and practice with students. Among James' areas of teaching interests include:

  • Small Groups Practice & Theory
  • Interpersonal Practice Skills and Theory
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Children, Families, and School Social Work
  • Research Practice

Practice Experience

2006-2009--Neighborhood Self-employment Initiative, Indianapolis, Indiana

1995-2005--Gladwin Community Schools (At-Risk School Social Worker) Michigan

1993-1995--Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District (School Social Worker) Michigan

1992--Child and Family Services Case Manager in Marquette County Michigan

Publications / Presentations

KariKari, I., Brown, J.R., & Ashirifi, G.D. ( 2020). Multiple perspectives on bullying and bullying prevention.  Advances in Social Work.  *

Akakapo, T.F., Brown J.R., Karikari, & Ashirifi, G.D. (2020 In Press). Acculturation and Integration into Mainstream Society: First Generation Somali Refugees in a U.S. Midwestern City" Advances in Social Work.

Brown, J.R., Holloway, E.D., Maurer E. Bruno, D.G., Ashirifi, G.D. & Aalsma, M.C. (2019). How previously detained youths perceive "Mental Health" and "Counseling." Children and Youth Services Review.

Brown, J.R., Karikari, I., Abraham, S., & Akakpo, T. (2018).  Left Off the Route: A Qualitative Examination of Urban Bus Drivers Wanting to be Players in the Bully Prevention Solution. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518787204

Gates, S., Brown, J.R. (2017).  Preparing nursing and social work students to care for patients in acute alcohol withdrawal.  Journal of Addictions Nursing.  28, (3) 143-147.  doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000178

*Bruno, D. G., Brown, J. R., & Holloway, E. D. (2017). Participants’ Perspectives of a Worksite Wellness Program Using an Outcome-Based Contingency Approach.Advances in Social Work,18(2), 595-610.

Aalsma, M., Brown, J.R., Holloway, E.D., & Ott, M.A. (2014). Connection to mental health care upon community reentry for detained youth: A qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 117 (14). doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-117

Brown, J.R., Holloway, E., Akakpo, T., & Aalsma, M. C. (2013). “Straight up”: Enhancing rapport and therapeutic alliance with previously-detained youth in the delivery of mental health services. Community Mental Health Journal. doi:10.1007/s10597-013-9617-3

Brown, J.R., Aalsma, M.C., & Ott, M.E. (2013). The experiences of parents who report youth bullying victimization to school officials. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28 (3), 494-518. doi:10.1177/0886260512455513

Weaver, L., Brown, J.R., Aalsma, M.C., & Weddle, D. (2013). Protective factors within state’s anti-bullying law: A content analysis. Journal of School Violence, 28 (2), 156-173. doi:10.1080/15388220.2012.751537

Holloway, E., Brown, J.R., Suman, P., & Aalsma, M.C. (2012). A qualitative examination of juvenile probation officers as gateway providers to mental health care. Criminal Justice Policy Review. 1-23. doi: 25, 2012 0887403412436603

Aalsma, M.C., & Brown, J.R. (2008). What is bullying? Journal of Adolescent Health. 43, p.101-102. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.06.001