News & Acknowledgements


The TOP DD study has expanded its web presence. In addition to this Towson website, you can check our official TOP DD Network homepage here. This is the recruitment and informational website for our next study, the TOP D Network study.

We also invite you to visit, share, and “like” our Facebook page, located here. We will periodically share interesting news and updates about the study and the research team here.

Towson University did a wonderful story about Dr. Brand and the TOP DD study, and the impact DID has had on two TU alumnae. The story, entitled “On Their Minds,” can be viewed at

The TOP DD research team has published a new set of results from the original study:

Cronin, E., Brand, B.L., & Mattanah, J.F. (2014). The Impact of the Therapeutic Alliance on Treatment Outcome in Patients with Dissociative Disorders. European Journal of Psychotraumatology:



  • We would like to thank the patients and therapists who have generously given of their time by participating in the first and second TOP DD studies.

  • We send our warm thanks to Dr. Steven Sharfstein and the Sheppard Pratt Health System for donating their conference center so we could host a TOP DD benefit conference in 2013.

  • We are deeply grateful to the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation for their generous grant as well as administering and supporting the conference held at Sheppard Pratt Health System that raised funds for the TOP DD study.

  • Our thanks to the anonymous grateful families that provided funding for the TOP DD study.

  • We would like to thank the many people who have made donations to the study through our Towson University Foundation TOP DD Fund and our Sheppard Pratt Health System TOP DD Fund.


  • Towson University provided several grants to Dr. Brand for the study as well as with assistance with developing the internet study and website.

  • We gratefully appreciate our hard-working Research Assistants who volunteer their time.