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m brown

Assistant Professor
Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute 
120 Hamm Drive 
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-522-9408

Matt Brown, PhD

Research Interests

Matt Brown, PhD, is an assistant professor at Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute.

His research focuses on how psychological measurement (e.g., tests or surveys) can be used to better understand individual differences and improve the well-being of people in the workplace.

One of his primary interests is the development and use of psychometric testing for measuring individual differences in cognitive and non-cognitive abilities. Testing plays an important role in healthcare, informing how organizations hire providers and staff, helping define the phenotypes of specific health conditions and determining whether a patient meets diagnostic criteria.

Dr. Brown has developed tests designed to measure effectiveness in social situations as well as more general cognitive abilities. He’s also studied how individual differences predict life outcomes and how to develop tests that can be administered remotely using mobile devices.

Dr. Brown’s secondary research interest includes the construction and use of opinion surveys. In particular, he collaborates with Geisinger’s Center for Professionalism and Well-Being to design surveys to help identify employee concerns and improve well-being. He also studies the research-practice gap between how survey data is used in organizations and the evidence for how survey data can help create change and improve team dynamics.

As director of the Survey Core, he consults with other researchers who are interested in conducting survey research or designing a survey for their own study.

Recent Publications

  • Brown, M. I. (2021). Does action planning create more harm than good? Common challenges in the practice of action planning after employee surveys. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Advance online publication – full text.

  • Brown, M. I., Wai, J., & Chabris, C. F. (2021). Can you ever be too smart for your own good? Comparing linear and nonlinear effects of cognitive ability on life outcomes. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Advance online publication – full text.

  • Brown, M. I., Ratajska, A., Hughes, S., Fishman, J., Huerta, E., & Chabris, C. F. (2019). The Social Shapes Test: A new measure of social intelligence, mentalizing, and Theory of Mind. Personality and Individual Differences, 143, 107–117. Full text.

  • Brown, M. I., & Grossenbacher, M. A. (2017). Can you test me now? Equivalence of GMA tests on mobile and non-mobile devices. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 25, 61–71. Full text.


PhD, Central Michigan University

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