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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.

Ellen K. K. Jepsen, M.D., Ph.D.

Ellen K. K. Jepsen

Ellen K. K. Jepsen, M.D., Ph.D., has been affiliated with the Department for Trauma Treatment as well as the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Norway since 2002. She specializes in assessment, treatment and research on adult patients with complex dissociative disorders. In addition to trauma-oriented therapies, she is trained in general psychodynamic and cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies. As a clinician, she has more than ten years of experience in the treatment of adult inpatients suffering from complex conditions related to early relational trauma, in particular dissociative disorders. As researcher, she recently defended her thesis “Inpatient Treatment of Early Sexually Abused Adults: Dissociation and Outcome” for the PhD-degree. The main focus of the thesis was the impact of pathological dissociation on the treatment of adults suffering from a variety of disorders related to early sexual abuse. She frequently gives workshops in the assessment and treatment of complex PTSD and dissociative disorders and is a national contact person for the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD).