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I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with over 10 years of experience in independent practice, providing psychotherapy and assessment services to adults, as well as clinical supervision to other mental health providers.

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University, a program accredited through the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. I interned in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, accredited by the American Psychological Association. I then completed a clinical and research Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard with the Victims of Violence Program under the supervision of Dr. Judith Herman, working with survivors of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse (www.cha.harvard.edu/vov/vov.shtml).

In addition to my private practice work, I work as a clinician in a teaching hospital where I received the Psychology Leadership award. I have also held the position of Internship Director, overseeing APPIC training of the hospital’s psychology interns and the hospital’s most recent reaccreditation of the internship program by the Canadian Psychological Association. I have previously worked in community-based settings and in the Department of Psychology at York University. I have also provided clinical training workshops to other service providers on various topics such as partner abuse, vicarious trauma, and working competently with LGBT clients.

I believe in being attentive to how the social world can affect us. My research interests include social determinants of health; sexual trauma; and the service needs of trans people, and their partners and families.

Select publications:

Kallivayalil, D., Levitan, J., Brown, N., & Harvey, M.R. (2013). Preliminary findings from a qualitative study of trauma survivors in treatment: Changes in personal narratives. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22 (3), 262-281. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2013.743942

Brown, N.R., Kallivayalil, D., Mendelsohn, M., & Harvey, M.R. (2011). Working the double edge: Unbraiding pathology and resiliency in the narratives of early- recovery trauma survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4 (1), 102-111. doi: 10.1037/a0024969

Brown, N.R. (2010). The sexual relationships of sexual-minority women partnered with trans men: A qualitative study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 561-572.

Brown, N.R. (2009). "I'm in transition too": Sexual identity renegotiation in sexual- minority women's relationships with transsexual men. International Journal of Sexual Health, 21, 62-78.

Brown, N. (2008). Families in TRANSition: A resource guide for parents of trans youth. Toronto: Central Toronto Youth Services. Available: www.ctys.org

Brown, N.R. (2007). Stories from outside the frame: Intimate partner abuse in sexual-minority women's relationships with transsexual men. Feminism & Psychology, 17, 373-393.