Bethany Brand | Towson University


Biography

Bethany Brand, Ph.D. has over 25 years of clinical experience, with expertise in treating
and assessing trauma. She has been honored with the Martha E. Mitten Endowed Professorship
as well as teaching, research and clinical awards including the Cornelia B. Wilbur
Award, the Presidential Award, the Pierre Janet Award, the Morton Prince Award, and
Psychology Teacher of the Year in Maryland. She is sought after for media interviews
including National Public Radio’s show, Science Friday. Dr. Brand has served on three
national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of
trauma-related disorders. Dr. Brand 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 and capital (i.e., death penalty)
cases. 

 

Teaching Interests

Dr. Brand teaches clinical topics to graduate and undergraduate students. These classes
include: undergraduate courses in diagnostic interviewing, basic counseling skills,
abnormal psychology, and internship practicums, and graduate courses on assessing
and treating trauma, and a course on cognitive behavioral treatment. Dr. Brand is
the Director of the competitive undergraduate Clinical Focus program. The Clinical Focus is a cohort program consisting of a series of four courses over students’ junior and
senior years.

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Research Interests

Dr. Brand’s current research focuses on the assessment and treatment of trauma-related
disorders including complex trauma and dissociative disorders, distinguishing feigned
from genuine trauma disorders, and evaluating the accuracy and adequacy of trauma-related
content in psychology textbooks. Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator of an international,
prospective study of the impact of an online educational program for DD patients and
their therapists. This program, called the TOP DD Network study, aims to assist DD
patients and their therapists in reducing patient self-harm and suicide attempts,
as well as improving their management of dissociation and emotion. Learn more about
Dr. Brand’s TOP DD studies here: TU TOP DD. Click here: TOP DD Study to view the general website.

 

Selected Publications

Wilgus, S.J., Packer, M.M., Lile-King, R., Miller-Perrin, C.L. & Brand, B.L. (in press). Coverage of Child Maltreatment in Abnormal Psychology Textbooks: Reviewing
the Adequacy of the Content. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy.

Brand, B.L., Loewenstein, R.J., & Spiegel, D. (2014).Dispelling myths about dissociative identity
disorder treatment: An empirically based approach. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological
Processes, 77(2), 169-189.

Dorahy, M.J., Brand, B.L., Krüger, C., Lewis-Fernández, R., Martínez-Taboas, A., & Sar, V., Middleton, M.,
Stavropoulos, P. (2014). Dissociative identity disorder: An empirical review. The
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(5), 402–417.

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Dalenberg, C. J., Brand, B.L., Loewenstein, R. J., Gleaves, D. H., Dorahy, M. J., Cardeña, E. B., Frewen, P. A.,
Carlson, E. B., Spiegel, D. (2014). Reality versus fantasy: Reply to Lynn et al. (2014).
Psychological Bulletin, 140, 911-920.

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. 5:22676. Link to Article.

Brand, B.L., & Chasson, G.S. (2014). Distinguishing Simulated from Genuine Dissociative Identity
Disorder on the MMPI-2. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy.
Link to Article.

Brand, B.L., McNary, S.W., Myrick, A.C. , Loewenstein, R.J., Classen, C.C., Lanius, R.A., Pain,
C. & Putnam, F.W. (2013). A Longitudinal, Naturalistic Study of Dissociative Disorder
Patients Treated by Community Clinicians. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research,
Practice, & Policy, 5(4), 301-308. doi: 10.1037/a0027654. PDF.

Lanius, R., Brand, B.L., Vermetten, E., Frewen, P. & Spiegel, D. (2012). The Dissociative Subtype of Posttraumatic
Stress Disorder: Rationale, Clinical and Neurobiological Evidence and Implications.
Depression and Anxiety, 29:701-708. doi: 10.1002/da.21889.

Dalenberg, C. J., Brand, B.L., Gleaves, D. H., Dorahy, M. J., Loewenstein, R. J., Cardeña, E., & … Spiegel, D.
(2012). Evaluation of the evidence for the trauma and fantasy models of dissociation.
Psychological Bulletin, 138(3), 550-588. doi:10.1037/a0027447. PDF.

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Courses Taught

  • Dr. Brand teaches clinical topics to graduate and undergraduate students. These classes
    have included a diagnostic interviewing course and internship practicums for undergraduates,
    and graduate courses on assessing and treating trauma as well as a CBT course.

Dr. Brand teaches clinical topics to graduate and undergraduate students. These classes
have included a diagnostic interviewing course and internship practicums for undergraduates,
and graduate courses on assessing and treating trauma as well as a CBT course. 


View more information: https://www.towson.edu/cla/departments/psychology/facultystaff/bbrand.html

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