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The TOP DD Network Study Research Team

Network Study Principal Investigator: Bethany Brand, Ph.D., from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Co-Investigator: Hugo Schielke, Ph.D. (California Department of State Hospitals and Towson University).  Senior Research Consultants: Frank Putnam, M.D. (University of North Carolina and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center); Richard Loewenstein, M.D. (Sheppard Pratt Health System and University of Maryland Medical School).  North American Research Consultants: Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D. and Paul Frewen, Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario); Amie Myrick, L.C.P.C. (Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland); Clare Pain MD, MSc., FRCPC and Catherine Classen, Ph.D. (University of Toronto); Kathy Steele, M.N., C.S., Metropolitan Counseling Services.  European Research Consultants: Suzette Boon, Ph.D., private practice, the Netherlands; Ellen Jepsen, M.D., Ph.D., Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Norway.

Paul Frewen, Ph.D.

Paul Frewen

Dr. Frewen joined the departments of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada in September 2008. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Western and his post-doctoral residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He is currently past-chair of the Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). He received the President's Early Research Award from the CPA in 2010, and the UWO Department of Psychiatry Faculty Research Award in 2012.

He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles on the subjects of trauma, affect regulation, mindfulness, dissociation, and the self, primarily utilizing functional neuroimaging, experimental social cognition, and psychometrics approaches. His text, "Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience & Treatment", co-authored with Dr. R. Lanius, is commissioned for publication within the Norton Series in Interpersonal Neurobiology in 2013. He currently has a clinical psychology practice in London, Ontario where he primarily sees adults with PTSD, dissociative disorders, and/or chronic pain disorders and principally utilizes emotion-focused and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy.