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TeachTrauma: Increasing Knowledge about Trauma and Dissociation 

TeachTrauma is an educational website operated out of Towson University. Its purpose is to share research-based knowledge on the topic of trauma with members of the community, particularly those involved in education and training. We aim to increase knowledge about the prevalence, impact, and treatment of trauma in a format that is readily understood and utilized by educators and students, as well as the broader community.

TeachTrauma.com and its contributors will not be liable for any direct or indirect damages resulting from the use this site, any links provided by this site or any matter otherwise related to use of this site. The contributors disclaim all responsibility or liability to you or any other person or entity related to the content of this site. You acknowledge and agree that you assume all risk associated with the use of any and all content. Links on this site are provided for your convenience and do not reflect any endorsement by Bethany Brand, Shaina Kumar, or other contributors to the site. Your use of the content of this site and any linked site is solely at your own risk.

Bethany L. Brand, Ph.D.

Bethany L. Brand, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing in Towson, Maryland. Regarded as an expert in trauma, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders. Dr. Brand is the Martha A. Mitten Professor of Psychology at Towson University and maintains an independent practice in clinical psychology. Additionally, she serves as an expert witness in criminal, civil, disability, and employment matters. Dr. Brand conducts research on the assessment and treatment of trauma disorders, including the assessment of feigned dissociative disorders. She has presented research papers and clinical trainings worldwide. She is the creator of TeachTrauma.

Contact: bbrand@towson.edu

Shaina A. Kumar, M.A.

Shaina A. Kumar, M.A., is a recent graduate of the clinical psychology master’s program at Towson University. Shaina served as the Lab Coordinator of Dr. Bethany Brand’s Trauma Lab where she assisted with tasks for the Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) study. Shaina is the Co-Principal Investigator for an ongoing project that aims to measure the impact of trauma training in mental health professionals and raise awareness of the effects of trauma. Shaina’s research has primarily focused on the intersections among posttraumatic stress and dissociative symptoms, and quality of life in trauma survivors. She is the research assistant and website administrator for TeachTrauma.

Contact: skumar@towson.edu

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