Randal D. Brown

Randal D. Brown, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Social Psychology (2018)
    University of Nevada -- Reno (NV)
  • MA, Social Psychology (2014)
    University of Nevada -- Reno (NV)
  • BS, Psychology; Minor, Human Sexuality (2012)
    Eastern Michigan University (MI)

About Me

I received my PhD in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to my graduate studies, I earned my bachelor’s in psychology with an interdisciplinary minor in human sexuality at Eastern Michigan University. My research interests center around sexuality within romantic relationships, with an emphasis in sexual communication. Specifically, my research examines what leads people to talk about, or avoid talking about, sexual topics with their romantic partners. 

In the classroom, my teaching facilitates a student-driven, active engagement with course material that fosters opportunities for students to analyze the material through the lens with which they view the world, and then challenges them to look beyond their own experiences and assumptions. My students leave the classroom feeling that they not only have tools to benefit their academic careers, but benefit their personal lives as well.

Research Interests

My main program of research focuses on sexual communication processes in relationships. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how sexual communication is influenced by a variety of contexts, including the individual partners, the romantic relationship, relationships between parents and children, and sociocultural norms. Ultimately, understanding the various contextual factors that impact sexual communication will lead to the promotion of effective strategies individuals can use to communicate about sexuality within their relationships.


  • Brown, R. D., & Weigel, D. J. (2018). Exploring a contextual model of sexual self-disclosure and sexual satisfaction. Journal of Sex Research, 55, 202-213. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1295299
  • Brown, R. D., & Weigel, D. J. (2016). Beneath the tangled sheets: Examining sexual communication through ecological systems.  In J. Manning & C. Noland (Eds.), Contemporary studies of sexuality and communication (pp. 47-60). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality


  • Founders’ Best Paper Award, Social Psychology PhD Program, University of Nevada, Reno (2017)
  • Student Scholarship Award, International Association for Relationship Research (2016)
  • Janice M. Epp Memorial Scholarship Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2015)