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  • Adam Brown

    Associate Professor of Psychology (Clinical) and Vice Provost for Research


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    Adam Brown


    **On leave Fall 2021 and Spring 2022**

    Adam Brown is Associate Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Research. He is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on identifying psychological and biological factors that contribute to negative mental health outcomes following exposure to traumatic stress and developing interventions guided by advances in cognitive neuroscience. A focus of this research is the use of behavioral and brain-imaging techniques to examine the role of memory and self-appraisals in the onset and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    Dr. Brown is a member of the Human Rights Resilience Project, an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners carrying out research and creating tools to improve resilience and well-being in the human rights community.

    In the Trauma and Global Mental Health Lab, he partners with researchers around the world to assess and develop novel mental health treatments for refugees in diverse contexts.   

    Prior to joining the faculty at NSSR, he was a member of the psychology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where he held the Sara Yates Exley Chair in Teaching Excellence from 2017-2018. He holds an academic appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine and completed a two-year NIH funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. 

    He is the recipient of grants from the National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense, Fulbright, and private foundations. 

    Degrees Held

    PhD 2008, New School for Social Research
    MA 2004, New School for Social Research
    BA 1999, University of Oregon

    Professional Affiliation

    Association for Psychological Science International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 

    Recent Publications

    Vermeulen, M., Brown, A. D., Raes, F., & Krans, J. (2018). Decreasing Event Centrality in Undergraduates Using Cognitive Bias Modification of Appraisals. Cognitive Therapy and Research​​.

    Titcombe-Parekh, R., Chen, J., Rahman, N., Kouri, N. Qian, M., Li., M., Bryant, R., Marmar, C., & Brown, A. (2018). Neural circuitry changes associated with increasing self-efficacy in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Psychiatry Research

    Bagrodia, R., Knuckey, S.. Satterthwaite, M., Singh Sawhney, R., & Brown, A. (2018). Crucial need to improve mental health research and training for human rights advocates. Lancet: Psychiatry.

    Srivastava, D., Klingberg, K., Khaled, G., Jegerlehner, S., Brown, A., & Exadaktylos, A. (2018). Bad manners in the Emergency Department: Incivility among doctors. PlosOne.   Horesh, D., & Brown, A. (2018). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Family. Frontiers in Psychology.

    Krans, J., Peeters, M., Näring, G., Brown, A., de Bree, J., & van Minnen, A. (2018). Examining temporal alterations in Social Anxiety Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The relation between autobiographical memory, future goals, and current self-descriptions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.  

    Brown, A., & Erten, M. (2018). Memory specificity training for depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. A promising therapeutic intervention. Frontiers in Psychology.  

    Satterthwaite, M., Knuckey, S., & Brown, A. (2018). Trauma, depression, and burnout in the human rights field: Identifying barriers to resilient advocacy. Columbia Human Rights Law Journal Review.  

    Krans, J., Brown, A., & Moulds, M. (2018). Can an experimental self-efficacy induction through autobiographical recall modulate analogue posttraumatic intrusions? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 58, 1-11.  

    Rodin, R., Bonanno, G.A., Knuckey, S., Satterthwaite, M., Hart, R., Joscelyne, A., Bryant, R., & Brown, A. (2017). Coping flexibility predicts Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression in human rights advocates. International Journal of Mental Health.  

    Hart, R., Bagrodia, R., Rahman, N., Bryant, R. A., Titcombe-Parekh, R., Marmar, C.R., & Brown, A.D. (2017). Neuropsychological predictors of trauma centrality in OIF/OEF veterans. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.  

    Rodin, R., Bonanno, G., Rahman, N., Kouri, N., Bryant, R.A., Marmar, C., & Brown, A. (2017). Expressive flexibility in combat veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 207, 236-241.  

    Brown, A., Kouri, N., Rahman, N., Jocelyne, A., Bryant, R., & Marmar, C. (2016). Enhancing self-efficacy improves episodic future thinking and social decision making in combat veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychiatry Research.  

    Joscelyne, A., Knuckey, S., Satterthwaite, M., Li, M., Qian, M., Bryant, R.A., & Brown, A.D. (2015). Mental health functioning in the human rights field: Findings from an international internet-based survey. PLOS One.  


    Featured in "How BSF Grantees in Israel and the United States are Helping to Combat the Coronavirus," U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation Magazine, Spring 2020.

    Quoted in "Could the Coronavirus Kill Influencer Culture?" Wired, April 14, 2020. 

    Quoted in "The Rise of PTSD," The Economist, February 24, 2020.

    "From the Couch to the Community: The Emergence of Peer-to-Peer Therapy for Refugees in Switzerland," EuropeNow, October 29, 2019.

    "Translating Socio-Cognitive Models of Agency into Migration and Mental Health: A Framework for Individual and Community Empowerment," EuropeNow, October 29, 2019.

    "Global Mental Health: Adam Brown on Psychology That Crosses Borders," Research Matters, October 22, 2018.

    Research Interests

    memory, emotion, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resilience, refugees, global mental health, human rights  

    Future Courses

    Independent Study
    LPSY 3950, Fall 2022

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Fall 2022

    Senior Work Project
    LPSY 4001, Fall 2022

    Past Courses

    Global Mental Health
    GMIG 0105, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    LPSY 3950, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2021

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2021

    Senior Work Project
    LPSY 4001, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

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