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Christopher G. Brown is a senior majoring in psychology in the Department of Psychological Science.  He was recently married to Samela in a ceremony earlier in the summer in Brazil.  Samela is finishing up her Physician's Assistant Degree in Pennsylvania.  


Christopher began school at Central Connecticut State University as an undeclared major after graduating from Holy Cross High School in Waterbury.  At first, Christopher envisioned majoring in Theater, as he starred in many productions in high school.  Under the influence of his uncle, a clinician in Kentucky, Christopher began thinking about Psychology as a major.  His first class in psychology, Lifespan Development, peaked his interest and he ultimately declared Psychology as his major.  Taking courses in both abnormal psychology and psychology of the exceptional child have steered him in the direction of working with others.  Since becoming a psychology major, Christopher has really become interested in research and has worked for the past year with Dr. Jason Sikorski on his extensive database on juvenile sexual offenders.  Specifically, Christopher has been researching the relationship between hypermasculinity and media.  Christopher and the research team found that a number of measures of hypermasculinity were related to the types of media they watched.  The participants were more likely to seek out media with a hypermasculine theme.  This included more violent media, ideas that dangerousness is exciting, and callous unemotional traits towards women.  In this same study, they also  looked at pornography and found that for those participants who regularly engaged in watching pornography, they were more likely to have hypermasculine attitudes.  Some of these results were presented at the annual Eastern Psychological Association last year.


Christopher has a gpa of 3.8, has been on the dean's list every semester, and was inducted into the international honor's society for psychology, Psi Chi.  He has also been the recipient of the Mary Corcoran Scholarship award and the Building a Better Community Award for his work with Dr. Sikorski's research team to provide interventions for athletic students.  He has also won the Outstanding Research Award in the Department of Psychological Science as well as the Ebenezer D. Basset Award (through the Man Enough Support Initiative).


Christopher is also a member of an accapella group on campus, Divisi, one of two all-male Accapella groups on campus.  This accapella group recently went to Northeastern to perform and they took second place in the competition.  Christopher had a solo in that competition!  He considers that one of the top moments in his life, thus far!


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