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Bethany L. Brand, Ph.D.

Martha E. Mitten Professor, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

presenter photoBethany Brand, Ph.D. specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders. She has over 25 years of clinical experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program. She is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University. Dr. Brand has been honored with the Martha Mitten Endowed Professorship as well as awards including the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award, the Presidential Award, the Pierre Janet Award, and the Morton Prince Award. She is sought after for media interviews including by 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 longitudinal treatment outcome study to date of dissociative disorders (the TOP DD studies). She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. Dr. Brand assesses and treats trauma patients at her private practice in Towson, Maryland, as well as serves as a forensic expert.

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Distinguishing Exaggerated or Malingered DID from Genuine DID

Friday, November 27

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Room: Ballroom 3


Bethany L. Brand, Ph.D.

Martha E. Mitten Professor, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

In this workshop, Dr. Brand will discuss the reasons some individuals present with exaggerated reports of dissociative and other psychiatric and medical symptoms, including “imitative DID” (Draijer & Boon, 1999). The psychological tests and interviews that are useful in distinguishing genuine, trauma-related dissociation from exaggerated and/or malingered reports of such symptoms will be reviewed. Dr. Brand will present an overview of research findings based on various psychological tests and interviews (e.g., the SIRS/SIRS-2, MMPI-2, TSI-2, PAI, DES, SCID-D) and some case material. Finally, there will be a discussion about adaptations to treatment that clinicians might implement, according to the degree of genuine vs. exaggerated vs. malingered symptomatology with which a patient presents.