Brené Brown

Research Professor of Social Work;
Licensed Master Social Worker
Room: 310 Social Work Building
Current Curriculum Vitae


BSW,The University of Texas at Austin;
MSW, University of Houston; Graduate College of Social Work;
Ph.D., University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.

Research interests:

Brené has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

Brené is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection (Hazelden, 2010), I Thought It Was Just Me (Gotham, 2007), and Connections: A Psychoeducational Shame Resilience Curriculum.   

Brené’s current research focuses on authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations.