Fight. Flight. Freeze. The Life-Long Implications of Childhood Stress and Trauma
Tuesday, April 10
TU West Village Commons
Toxic psychological stress—violence, poverty, neglect, abuse—has negative effects
on a child's brain. Research has shown that this trauma alters the brain, affecting
behavioral, social, and emotional functioning. As a child ages, these effects continue
to influence brain development, educational outcomes, and social activity well into
adolescence and adulthood. Dr. Bethany Brand, one of the world’s foremost authorities
in psychological trauma, will discuss brain function changes in adults due to childhood
trauma and the repercussions for our society.
About the Speaker
Bethany Brand, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at Towson University. She
has over 25 years of clinical experience, with expertise in treating and assessing
trauma. Dr. Brand has served on three national task forces that developed guidelines
for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. She conducts research
on the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders, including the assessment
of feigned dissociative disorders.
Dr. Brand is the principal investigator on the largest prospective treatment outcome
study to date of dissociative disorders (the TOP DD studies). She has delivered clinical
and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating
patients in her private practice in Towson, Maryland, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic
expert in trauma-related cases including federal, capital (i.e., death penalty), and
Supreme Court cases.