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Dr. Marsha D. Brown: Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

 

Marsha D. Brown, Ph.D., P.A.

Licensed Psychologist

 

200 SE 6th Street, #402

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Telephone: 954-766-8826

Cellular: 917-979-3743 

Email: mdbrown@forensic-experts.net

Website: www.forensic-experts.net

 

 

EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

May 2015

The Graduate Center at The City University of New York at

 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY (APA-accredited program)

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

 

 

Dissertation Topic: Factors that affect treatment compliance among individuals with mental illness

 

 

 

 

February 2012

The Graduate Center at The City University of New York, New York, NY

Master of Philosophy in Psychology

 

 

 

 

May 2008

The Graduate Center at The City University of New York, New York, NY

Master of Arts in Psychology

 

 

 

 

May 2001

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater

 

 

 

 

Clinical Experience

 

September 2016 - Present

Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law – Coral Springs, Florida

Licensed Psychologist

 

 

Assessment, evaluation, and diagnosis of children, adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health and substance use disorders. Areas of experience include the following: Family Court: Parenting capacity, time-sharing, child abuse/child risk, psychological functioning (adults and children), cognitive functioning, mental illness, and substance use. Criminal Court: Psychological functioning, substance use, sentencing mitigation, downward departure, sex offender risk assessment, sanity, competence, violence risk assessment, and malingering.

 

September 2015-August 2016

Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law – Coral Springs, Florida

Post-Doctoral Resident

 

 

IBSL is a private organization that specializes in providing forensic psychological services to the legal community.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Forensic assessment and evaluation of a variety of psycho-legal issues including competency, insanity, sex offender risk, violence risk, substance use, malingering, and fitness for duty.
  • Conducted a variety of forensic and clinical assessments including malingering, risk, competency, cognitive, personality, and academic 
  • Conducted collateral interviews with appropriate parties
  • Reviewed records and other relevant case documents
  • Wrote forensic reports for submission

 

 

 

 

May 2013-July 2015

Center for Court Innovation – Bronx Community Solutions, Bronx, NY

Clinical Coordinator

 

 

BCS is an organization that works with New York State Unified Court System judges to provide alternative sentencing options to misdemeanor offenders. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Directed and managed daily clinic operations 
  • Supervised BCS initiatives serving specialized populations, including mental health, juvenile offenders, sex workers, and veterans
  • Conducted emergency mental health evaluations, court-ordered mental health assessments, suicide risk assessments, and treatment needs evaluations
  • Conducted individual and group counseling sessions, including Anger Management and Behavioral Health Management 
  • Developed, implemented, and revised screening assessments for risk (harm to self or others) and specialized client populations, including individuals with severe mental illness and sex workers
  • Developed, implemented, and facilitated specialized psycho-educational groups including Behavioral Health Management, Anger Management, and Trauma Education
  • Assisted in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an initiative to assess and treat individuals arrested for prostitution-related offenses
  • Supervised clinic staff, intake staff, and interns 
  • Provided consultation and education to clinic staff, court personnel, and clients regarding mental illness
  • Populations served: forensic, severe mental illness, substance use, dual- diagnosis, veterans, chronic homelessness, history of trauma, history of sexual victimization, geriatric, sex workers, victims of human trafficking 

 

 

 

 

August 2011 – August 2012

Atascadero State Hospital, Atascadero, CA

Clinical Psychology Intern (APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship)

 

 

ASH is a maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital.  All patients are committed to ASH via the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Conducted a variety of forensic and clinical assessments including malingering, risk, competency, cognitive, personality, diagnostic clarification, and academic 
  • Conducted crisis intervention, including assessment, counseling, and development of a crisis management plan 
  • Conducted individual therapy and co-facilitated therapy groups, including Competency Restoration, CBT for Psychosis, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Sex Offenders, and Anxiety Management
  • Worked within a multidisciplinary treatment team and co-facilitated team meetings 
  • Developed and implemented treatment plans 
  • Instructed line-of-care staff on ways to more effectively manage individuals who present behavior management challenges in order to reduce the use of seclusion and/or restraint
  • Populations served:  severe mental illness, substance use, dual-diagnosis, sex offenders, DD/MR, TBI, chronic homelessness, history of trauma, history of sexual victimization, geriatric 

 

 

 

 

September 2010 - May 2011

Northside Center for Child Development, New York, NY

Psychology Extern

 

 

NCCD is a community mental health center which serves children, adolescents, adults, and families.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Conducted intake, intelligence, and personality assessments 
  • Conducted bio-psycho-social-assessments 
  • Conducted individual and family therapy
  • Conducted crisis intervention and management 
  • Worked with clients, parents, school officials, and child protection agencies to improve client functioning and return clients to the foster or biological home 
  • Developed comprehensive treatment plans for all clients
  • Populations served: history of trauma, history of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or neglect, foster care, child protective services  

 

 

 

 

September 2009 – June 2010

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Brain Injury Research Center, New York, NY

Psychology Extern

 

 

The BIRC is a center that conducts research with, addresses the challenges of, and treats outpatients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Administered neuropsychological tests
  • Conducted individual and group therapy
  • Developed and acted as the Principal Investigator on a clinical research project
  • Population served: TBI

 

 

 

 

September 2008 – July 2009

Bronx Psychiatric Center, Male Admissions Unit, New York, NY

Psychology Extern

 

 

BPC is a state-sponsored inpatient psychiatric hospital.  Patients served are both and civilly-and forensically-committed. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Conducted crisis intervention and management
  • Conducted individual, family, and co-facilitated group therapy
  • Developed treatment and discharge plans 
  • Populations served: severe mental illness, dual-diagnosis, personality disordered, chronic homelessness, DD/MR, forensic, sex offenders, history of trauma, history of sexual victimization

 

 

 

 

June 2007-July 2008

Bronx Mental Health Court, TASC, Bronx, NY

Psychology Extern

 

 

Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC) is a jail diversion program that offers treatment to offenders with mental illness and substance use disorders. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Conducted psychological assessments and interviews and group therapy
  • Determined diagnosis and suitability for diversion
  • Submitted diversion and treatment recommendations to the Court and treatment programs
  • Accompanied clients to Mental Health Court and provided court personnel with progress updates
  • Populations served include: severe mental illness, dual-diagnosis, chronic homelessness, history of trauma, history of sexual victimization

 

 

 

 

Teaching Experience

 

 

 

July 2017 -Present

Training Faculty, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

Develop and present training workshops on a variety of topics related to mental health, diversity, and interacting with individuals experiencing a crisis to law enforcement officers in Broward County.

 

 

 

 

August 2013-January 2017

Adjunct Instructor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Develop syllabi and teach a variety of graduate-level psychology courses including Psychopathology, Introduction to Assessment, Criminal Behavior, and Clinical Instruction. Courses taught both face-to-face and online.

 

 

 

 

June 2008 – January 2016

Adjunct Instructor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Develop syllabi and teach a variety of undergraduate-level psychology courses including Psychological Analysis of Criminal Behavior, Multicultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Psychology. Courses taught both face-to-face and online.

 

 

 

 

August 2006-May 2008

Teaching Assistant, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Served as a TA for a variety of courses including Psychology and Law and Abnormal Psychology

 

 

 

Research Experience

 

 

 

 

2009 – 2015

Principal Investigator, John Jay College

 

 

Factors that Affect Treatment Compliance among Individuals with Mental Illness.  Conducted research examining factors affecting treatment compliance in a predominantly Latino and Black offender population with mental illness and substance use disorders.  Trained and supervised clinical Research Assistants throughout all phases of research.

 

 

 

 

2009 – 2011

Principal Investigator, John Jay College

 

 

Cultural Differences in Views of Mental Illness.  Conducted research investigating between-culture differences in views of causes of and treatments for mental illness.

 

 

 

 

2008 – 2010

Principal Investigator, John Jay College

 

 

Disparate Definitions of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect.  Conducted research investigating disparities in research and Child Protective Services definitions of abuse and neglect.

 

 

 

 

2006 –2007

Research Assistant, John Jay College

 

 

Multicultural Competence within the Child Welfare System.  Conducted research on decision-making bias in the Child Welfare System.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

 

 

 

 

2018 – Present

Broward County Mental Health Summit Planning Committee

 

2018 – Present

Family Central, Inc. Advisory Board

 

2017 – Present

Florida Bar Grievance Committee

 

2016 – Present

Broward Human Trafficking Coalition S.T.R.I.P.E.S. Subcommittee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESEARCH CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

 

 

Brown, M.D. (2015).  Factors that affect treatment compliance among court-mandated individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Psychology and Law. Nuremberg, Germany.

 

 

 

Brown, M.D., & Jeglic, E. L.  (2010).  Mental illness and religiosity: Effects of conflicting treatment.  Paper presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Healthcare Conferences of Canada, Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

Brown, M.D., & Jeglic, E. L.  (2010).  The effects of religiosity on views of mental illness and treatment seeking.  Poster presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.

 

 

 

Brown, M.D., & Jeglic, E. L.  (2010).  The effects of culture on views of mental illness and treatment seeking.  Paper presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, New York.

 

 

 

Brown, M.D., & Jeglic, E. L.  (2010).  You can’t do that to a child! Defining abuse and neglect for Child Protective Services.  Poster presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Vancouver, Canada.

 

 

 

Brown, M. D., & Jeglic, E. L.  (2009).  That should be illegal: Child protective services versus research definitions of child physical abuse and neglect.  Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  New York, New York.

 

 

 

Brown, M.D., & Jeglic, E.L.  (2009).  Defining child physical abuse and neglect: Research versus child protective services.  Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 37, Child, Youth, and Family Services), Toronto, Canada.

 

 

Brown, M., Ghali, M., &  Fondacaro, M., (2007).  Multicultural competence and child

                      protection decision-making.  Presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 41, Psychology-Law), San Francisco, California.

 

 

LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED

 

               

 

How to Identify Bias in a Social Investigation. Monthly Meeting of the Broward County Matrimonial Lawyers, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (2018)

 

 

 

Unreasonable Demands: An Attorney’s Guide to Mental Health and Stress Management. Presented as a Continuing Legal Education course for the TJ Reddick Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (2018)

 

 

 

Cultural Competence for Attorneys. Presented as a Continuing Legal Education course for the Broward County Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (2018)

 

 

 

Cultural Considerations When Working with Criminal Justice Populations. Presented at the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center, Florida City, Florida. (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS COMPLETED

 

 

 

Risk Management Redux: Knowing, Applying, and Distinguishing Florida Laws and Rules and Ethics Governing Professional Practice

Florida Psychological Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence

Florida Psychological Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Florida Adult Forensic Examiner Training

University of South Florida, Pembroke Pines, Florida

 

Trauma-Informed Care: A Follow-Up Regarding Practices at the Local Level

Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

How to Handle High Conflict Clients

Broward County Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Clinical Assessment of Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Childhood Insomnias

Florida Psychological Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

The Psychologist as Parenting Coordinator

Florida Psychological Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Ten Years Later: Research and Practice Informed Work with High Conflict Families Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Honor Thy Children: Jewish Parenting Through a Divorced Lens Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

On Two Fronts: Culture, Custody and Courts Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Assessing Allegations of IPV in Custody Evaluations: Revised Forensic Model Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Custody Trial Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

How to Deal with Clinical Issues, Clinical Evidence, and Clinical Experts Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

From Bargaining in the Shadow to Bargaining with the Devil: Implications for Family Practitioners Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Peacemaking Negotiation Strategies Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

The Shell Game of Addictive Drugs: Community Exploitation, Mind-Altering Manipulation, and Death Broward County Crime Commission, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Ketamine and Mental Health Florida Psychological Association, Miami, Florida

 

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Best Practices for Cognitive Assessments, Pearson Training Webinar

 

Overview of the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory, Pearson Training Webinar

 

Effective Strategies for Addressing Trauma in African American Children, Youth, and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Webinar

 

Mental Disorder and Violence Risk Concept Professional Training Webinar

 

Custody Assessment Analysis Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Overcoming the Co-Parenting Impasse: Negotiating Parent-Child Contact Problems Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

A New Set of Reins: Education for the Preferred Parent Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

How Our Brains Fool Us: Keeping Cognitive Bias from Leading You Astray Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Developing Your Skills as a Testifying Expert Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Parent-Child Contact Problems: News You Can Use Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Task Force on Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

Conceptualizing and Conducting Family Forensic Evaluations as a Human Enterprise Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Second Edition – Restructured Format: Forensic Practice Briefing Pearson Clinical Workshops Webinar

 

Chutes and Ladders: A Timesharing Plan for Parents with a Substance Abuse History Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

Intimate Partner Violence and Parenting Time: An Integrated Forensic Evaluation Model and Practical Application Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

Children First: A Novel Approach to Parenting Evaluations Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

The Human Side of Domestic Violence Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

Domestic Violence Case Law Update and the 2016 Sexual Violence Benchbook Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

The Pathway from Childhood Trauma to Youth Violence: What Killers, Lost Boys, and Mean Girls Have in Common Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

Early Adverse Events and the Role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Creating Trauma-Responsive Courts Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

Our Voices, Our Stories: The Perspective of the Child in the Foster Care System Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

Redefining Access to Justice for Separating and Divorcing Families Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Orlando, Florida

 

Designer Drugs: Big Bang Addiction, Mental Illness, and Death – Why South Florida has become the epicenter for Flakka, Kratom, Fentanyl and Opiate Drugs Broward County Crime Commission, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

The Best Psychological Test: The Value of History in Learning Disability, ADHD, and Autism Testing Florida Psychological Association, Southeast Regional Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

 

 

Sexual Domestic Violence Florida Psychological Association, Southeast Regional Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

 

 

Mental Health Professionals in Family Court Florida Psychological Association, Brevard County Chapter, Melbourne, Florida

 

 

 

Family Law Guardian ad Litem Training Broward County Bar Association Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

 

 

Culturally Competent Assessment with Forensic Populations New York State Psychological Association, Brooklyn, New York

 

 

 

Suicide Assessment and Prevention Center for Urban Community Services New York, New York

 

 

 

Psychopathy Checklist-Revised Training Program California Department of Mental Health Atascadero, California

 

Mental Health Professionals as Allies: Working with the LGBTQ Community Center for Urban Community Services New York, New York

 

Ultra-Brief Motivational Interviewing New York City Department of Health And Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, & Treatment, New York, New York

 

 

 

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I: Mastering the Fundamentals, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, New York, New York

 

 

 

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy II: Going Beyond the Basics, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, New York, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

                                 American Psychology-Law Society

                                 Association of Black Psychologists

                                 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

                                 Florida Psychological Association

                                

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES

 

 

 

 

October 2012 – December 2012

Centro de Salud Mental, “Moisés Heresi,” Arequipa, Perú

Volunteer Clinician

 

 

Moisés Heresi is a psychiatric hospital specializing in the treatment of mental illness and substance dependence.  Responsibilities: Conducted diagnostic clarification assessments and individual therapy.  Trained staff in treatment for severe mental illness.  Populations served: severe mental illness, substance abuse and dependence, history of trauma, HIV+, MR, geriatric.

 

 

January 2009 – January 2011

Prep for Prep, New York, NY

 

 

Prep for Prep is a non-profit organization that identifies promising young students of color and develops their academic and leadership skills.  Responsibilities: Administered intelligence assessments to gifted children for entry into a highly competitive leadership development program. Submitted detailed reports addressing student performance and suitability for program admission. 

 

 

 

 

September 2009 – December 2009

Fresh Air Fund, New York, NY

 

 

The Fresh Air Fund is a non-profit organization that provides free educational and mentoring opportunities to children and adolescents from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Responsibilities: Tutored middle school children in various subjects.   

 

 

 

 

June 2008-July 2008

Fundación, “Sol y Vida,” Quito, Ecuador

 

 

 

Sol y Vida is a non-profit organization that helps economically disadvantaged families pay for medical supplies and medication for their terminally-ill children.  Responsibilities: Interacted with and cared for children with oncologic illnesses.  Picked up and delivered medication to children and their families.