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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.


Clare Pain MD, MSc., FRCPC

Clare Pain

Dr. Pain is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and Consultant at the Canadian Center for Victims of Torture. She is also the Co-project director of the Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Project (TAAPP) and Coordinator of the University of Toronto-Addis Ababa Collaboration Program (TAAAC). These educational partnerships between the University of Toronto, Canada and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia are targeted at assisting the development of capacity and sustainability in post graduate trainings in the faculties of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Engineering, Dentistry and Arts and Sciences.

Her clinical focus is on the assessment and treatment of patients, including refugees, who continue to suffer from the effects of psychological trauma. She has lectured and taught extensively on various aspects of psychological trauma including trans-cultural aspects; and increasingly on global mental health. She has published a number of articles including two books: "Trauma and the Body: a Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy" with Pat Ogden and Kekuni Minton Norton 2006 and “The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic” an edited book with Eric Vermetten and Ruth Lanius, Cambridge University Press 2010.