About the Team

Bethany Brand, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Office: College of Liberal Arts
Phone: 410-704-3067
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Dr. Bethany Brand specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress and dissociative disorders. She has over 25 years of clinical experience at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program. Currently a Professor of Psychology at Towson University, she also maintains a private practice in Towson, Maryland. Dr. Brand has been awarded numerous awards including Maryland Psychology Teacher of the Year, the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for outstanding clinical contributions, and the Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement. She has served on national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders and conducts research on trauma related disorders. Dr. Brand is the principal investigator on the largest longitudinal treatment outcome study to date of dissociative disorders (the TOP DD study) and has delivered over 100 clinical and research presentations nationally and internationally.

 

Frank Putnam, M.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

University of North Carolina
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Frank W. Putnam, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was formerly Chief of Developmental Traumatology at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. The author of over 150 scientific papers and chapters and two books on dissociative disorders, Dr. Putnam’s current research interests include: 1) strategies for going to scale with community programs to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect; 2) the long-term psychological, biological, social, and economic consequences of child maltreatment; and 3) use of new technologies to improve screening and services for child maltreatment and associated risk factors.

 

Ruth Lanius, Ph.D., M.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

University of Western Ontario

Ruth Lanius, M.D., graduated from the University of British Columbia with a combined M.D. and Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience in 1996. She continued her training at the University of Western Ontario where she completed her residency in psychiatry in 2000. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario. She established and directed the Traumatic Stress Service, a service that specializes in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She also established and directed the Traumatic Stress Workplace Program, a program that specialized in the treatment and research or workplace-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She is currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche and Soma at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neural correlates of PTSD using neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. Her research is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. Dr. Lanius is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals and granting agencies. She has lectured on the topic of PTSD in North America, Europe and Japan.

 

Paul Frewen, Ph.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

University of Western Ontario

Paul Frewen joined the departments of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada in September 2008. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Western and his post-doctoral residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He is currently past-chair of the Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). He received the President's Early Research Award from the CPA in 2010, and the UWO Department of Psychiatry Faculty Research Award in 2012. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles on the subjects of trauma, affect regulation, mindfulness, dissociation, and the self, primarily utilizing functional neuroimaging, experimental social cognition, and psychometrics approaches. His text, "Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience & Treatment", co-authored with Dr. R. Lanius, is commissioned for publication within the Norton Series in Interpersonal Neurobiology in 2013. He currently has a clinical psychology practice in London, Ontario where he primarily sees adults with PTSD, dissociative disorders, and/or chronic pain disorders and principally utilizes emotion-focused and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy.

 

Richard Loewenstein, M.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

University of Maryland
Sheppard Pratt Health System

Richard Loewenstein, M.D., is a Senior Psychiatrist and the Medical Director of the Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Baltimore, MD, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among America’s 10 top psychiatric facilities. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is the author of over 50 papers and book chapters on sleep disorders, consultation-liaison psychiatry, dissociation, dissociative disorders, and trauma disorders. He is co-author, with Frank W. Putnam, M.D., of the section on dissociative disorders in Sadock & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Eighth Edition. He is the founder and director of the Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt Hospital including a 20-bed inpatient unit, a day hospital program, an outpatient program, a postdoctoral fellowship program, and research, consultation and teaching components. Dr. Loewenstein is actively involved in research and have published papers on the psychobiology, phenomenology, and personality characteristics of DID patients, as compared to other neuropsychiatric groups.

 

Huge Schielke
TOP DD Research Consultant

University of Maryland
Sheppard Pratt Health System

 

Gregory Chasson, Ph.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

Towson University
Baltimore, Maryland

As an Assistant Professor at Towson University and Maryland licensed psychologist, Dr. Chasson specializes in the nature and treatment of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders and other anxiety disorders, including trauma-related conditions. While receiving his Ph.D. in clinical psychology (with an emphasis in Child/Family and minor in Data Analysis) from the University of Houston (UH), he served as a cognitive-behavioral therapist and Graduate Research Assistant for the Victims’ Resource Institute, which provided services for child and adolescent victims of abuse. During his training, he received clinical and research experience in several settings, including the Menninger Clinic/Baylor College of Medicine, as well as Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), both of which are training institutions of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chasson also has extensive training in and experience with data analyses. He is the regular instructor for a two-course sequence of graduate level data analysis and research design. Dr. Chasson provides statistics consultation to colleagues in and outside of the university, has served as principal data analyst on a variety of published peer-reviewed papers, and has published peer-reviewed papers on quantitative topics. 

 

Amie Myrick, M.S., LCPC
TOP DD Research Consultant 

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland

Amie Myrick, MS, LCPC has been involved in trauma research for the past ten years. As a part of the TOP DD study, she has presented study data at international conferences and has been the lead author on published articles considering the role of age and stress in treatment outcome for dissociative patients. In addition to her research experience, Ms. Myrick is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults for anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders. In addition to being a clinician in a private practice, she is a therapist in a trauma treatment program at a non-profit organization, Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree from Towson University and completed her graduate training at Johns Hopkins University.

 

Catherine Classen, Ph.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

University of Toronto

Catherine Classen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Academic Leader of the Trauma Therapy Program at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, Director of the Women's Mental Health Research Program at the Women's College Research Institute in Toronto, and President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She received her PhD in 1991 from York University, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in 1993 and remained at Stanford until 2005 as a Senior Research Scientist. She has collaborated on the design and writing of multi-million dollar grant proposals and has been the project director of 4 NIH funded studies at Stanford. Three of those studies were psychotherapy outcome trials. She is currently conducting her own program of research at the University of Toronto including a study to investigate the role of attachment style in treatment outcome for trauma survivors participating in a day-treatment program. She has over 60 publications including 2 books.

 

Clare Pain, M.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

University of Toronto

Clare Pain MD, MSc., FRCPC is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and Consultant at the Canadian Center for Victims of Torture. She is also the Co-project director of the Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Project (TAAPP) www.utoronto.ca/ethiopia, and Coordinator of the University of Toronto-Addis Ababa Collaboration Program (TAAAC) www.taaac.ca. These educational partnerships between the University of Toronto, Canada and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia are targeted at assisting the development of capacity and sustainability in post graduate trainings in the faculties of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Engineering, Dentistry and Arts and Sciences. Her clinical focus is on the assessment and treatment of patients, including refugees, who continue to suffer from the effects of psychological trauma. She has lectured and taught extensively on various aspects of psychological trauma including trans-cultural aspects; and increasingly on global mental health. She has published a number of articles including two books: "Trauma and the Body: a Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy" with Pat Ogden and Kekuni Minton Norton and “The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic” an edited book with Eric Vermetten and Ruth Lanius, Cambridge University Press. 

 

Suzette Boon
TOP DD Research Consultant

The Netherlands

Suzette A. Boon PhD specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex dissociative disorders. She translated and validated the Dutch version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D). She has published several books, book chapters and many articles both on diagnosis as well as treatment of dissociative disorders.
The International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award, the Morton Prince Award, the President’s Award of distinction, and Life Time Achievement Award. She developed a skills training manual, Coping with Trauma-related Dissociation: A Skills Training for Patients and Their Therapists, for patients with a complex dissociative disorder and has years of experience using this manual in structured groups in the Netherlands. The English version of this manual was published with co-authors Kathy Steele, MN, CS and Onno van der Hart PhD and was awarded the Pierre Janet writing Award.

 

Kathy Steele. LCSW
TOP DD Research Consultant

Atlanta, Georgia

Kathy Steele, MN, CS is Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a psychotherapy and training center, and is in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Kathy has received several awards for her work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She has numerous publications in the field of trauma and dissociation and frequently lectures on those topics. She is a co-author of The Haunted Self (with Onno van der Hart & Ellert Nijenhuis) and Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation (with Suzette Boon and Onno van der Hart).

 

Ellen Jepsen, M.D., Ph.D.
TOP DD Research Consultant

Modum Bad Psychiatric Center
Norway

Ellen K. K. Jepsen, MD, PhD, has been affiliated with the Department for Trauma Treatment as well as the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Norway since 2002. She specializes in assessment, treatment and research on adult patients with complex dissociative disorders. In addition to trauma-oriented therapies, she is trained in general psychodynamic and cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies. As a clinician, she has more than ten years of experience in the treatment of adult inpatients suffering from complex conditions related to early relational trauma, in particular dissociative disorders. As researcher, she recently defended her thesis “Inpatient Treatment of Early Sexually Abused Adults: Dissociation and Outcome” for the PhD-degree. The main focus of the thesis was the impact of pathological dissociation on the treatment of adults suffering from a variety of disorders related to early sexual abuse. She frequently gives workshops in the assessment and treatment of complex PTSD and dissociative disorders and is a national contact person for the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD).