• Adam Brown

    Associate Professor of Psychology


    Adam Brown 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 Affiliations:

    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 Reserach​​.

    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.  


    Research Interests:

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

    Current Courses:

    Fund. of Cognitive Neuro

    Global Mental Health (Spring 2020)

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Research Methods (Spring 2020)

    Senior Work Project

    Senior Work Project (Spring 2020)