Adam Brown, PhD

The New School
Principal Investigator

Adam Brown, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Research. He is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on identifying psychological and biological factors that contribute to negative mental health outcomes following exposure to traumatic stress and developing interventions guided by advances in cognitive neuroscience. A focus of this research is the use of behavioral and brain-imaging techniques to examine the role of memory and self-appraisals in the onset and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Brown is a member of the Human Rights Resilience Project, an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners carrying out research and creating tools to improve resilience and well-being in the human rights community.

In the Trauma and Global Mental Health Lab, he partners with researchers around the world to assess and develop novel mental health treatments for refugees in diverse contexts.

Prior to joining the faculty at NSSR, he was a member of the psychology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where he held the Sara Yates Exley Chair in Teaching Excellence from 2017-2018. He holds an academic appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine and completed a two-year NIH funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is the recipient of grants from the National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense, Fulbright, and private foundations.


Adam Brown, PhD