Frederick M Brown, Ph.D.
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Frederick M Brown, Ph.D.


Psychologist, PhD
Centre, Cambria, and Lycoming counties Accepting In-person
Updated December 29, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Academic challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia & sleep issues
  • Mind-body connection
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Professional statement

Frederick Brown is an Emeritus Associate Psychology Professor at Penn State University and also was an associate faculty of its Schreyer Honors College and the former Science, Technology, and Society program. His psychology degrees are A.B. Hope College, Holland, MI, M.S. Syracuse University, and Ph.D. University of Virginia. Earlier he chaired psychology and psychobiology programs at The Centre College of Kentucky, and was the Chief Psychology department of the Kentucky State Hospital. He was also elected President of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Earliest positions included medical technician in biology and chemistry at the V.A. Hospital and Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.

Dr. Brown was a research psychologist studying the rhythms of life, especially the near-24-hr circadian rhythm including sleep and sleep disturbances. He co-edited with Dr. R. Curtis Graeber, NASA COL (ret.), the seminal resource book on behavioral rhythms, Rhythmic Aspects of Behavior (1982), recently reprinted in 2020.

Dr. Brown initiated with the Penn State Commonwealth Campuses an introductory course in positive psychology and wellbeing. He co-authored Positive Psychology and Well-Being: Applications for Enhanced Living (2017) with his wife and research collaborator, psychologist and statistician Dr. Cynthia LaJambe. He also was Editor-in-chief for the International Positive Psychology Association’s Division 4: Health and Wellbeing’s first two editions of the Chronicle of Advances in Scientific Research in Positive Psychology.

D r. Brown is a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist, and a Certified and Approved Hypnotherapist by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He specializes in stress management, pain management, major surgery preparation, public speaking anxiety, and sleeping disturbances using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindful hypnotherapy, mental strength training, and holistic mind-body integration.

Message to clients

I work holistically with motivated persons to promote health & wellbeing by focusing on personal strengths to change ineffective living, major concerns, and gnawing worries. These can come from day-to-day school, job, or family stressors, chronic physical pains, or frequent unwanted sleep interruptions.

Therapy can be a major asset for finding better and more joyful living with lasting caring relationships. I am a highly trained and certified hypnotherapist. Mindful hypnosis is a tool to reach a deeply relaxed and focused state for re-programming the nervous system to begin to lessen psychological suffering. This includes enhancing physical healing by preparing for major surgical procedures to lessen pain.

There are untrue myths about hypnosis. A clinical hypnotist cannot “control” you, nor can you be forced to do anything you do not want to do. In fact, mindful hypnosis is a learning process in which you learn how to deeply relax. Then you can self-explore and re-program yourself to better understand what and why you do what you do - to make your unknown known to you.

Hoped-for positive changes can be major, often taking some time. Treatments are established over several weeks, usually not less than four weekly or twice-weekly sessions. I wrote a textbook and taught holistic wellbeing and positive psychology at Penn State U for 30 years. So, your general lifestyle will also be checked for getting good nutrition, adequate exercise, and restful sleeping. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation for answering any questions.


Academic challenges - Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

Insomnia & sleep issues - Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Learning how the seasons impact one’s emotions; putting a plan in place to mitigate the change in mood that comes naturally with the seasons


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Frederick Brown, Ph.D. is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $60 - $120

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • As needed


Centre, Cambria, and Lycoming counties practice
109 Hartswick Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania 16803
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1 - 6 p.m., Please inquire about evening hours
  • Tue 1 - 6 p.m., Please inquire about evening hours
  • Wed 1 - 6 p.m., Please inquire about evening hours
  • Thu 1 - 6 p.m., Please inquire about evening hours
  • Fri 1 - 6 p.m., Please inquire about evening hours
  • Sat Please inquire about Saturday hours
  • Sun N/A

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 52 years

Penn State University, University Park Campus, Assoc. Prof. Psychology, 1986 - 2018
Penn State University, Dunmore Campus, Assist. Prof. Psychology, 1976 - 1986
Kentucky State Hospital, Danville, Chief Psychologist, 1975 - 1976
The Centre College of KY, Asst. Prof. Psych & Psychobiology, 1969 - 1975
University of VA, Charlottesville, Graduate Research Assistant Psychology, 1966 - 1969
SUNY, Upstate Med. Center, Syracuse, NY, Research Assistant, Chemistry, 1963 - 1966
Veterans Admin. Hospital, Syracuse, NY, Medical Technician, 1961 - 1962
Syracuse University Dept. of Psychology, Graduate Research Assistant Psychology, 1959 - 1961

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Approved Consultant in Hypnotherapy , 1986
Penn State University, Post-grad Training Clinical Psychology, 1985
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Ph.D., 1971
Syracuse University, NY, M.S., 1966
Hope College, Holland, MI, A. B., 1959


Pennsylvania: PS002943L