Dr Brand completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2009. Since this time she has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in public mental health services and in her own private practice. Dr Brand has specialist skills in psychological therapies for psychosis and in posttraumatic mental health. She currently works with adults who are experiencing extreme mental states, often referred to as ‘psychosis’.
Clinical Psychology; Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; Trauma; PTSD; Psychosis; Schizophrenia.
Dr Brand’s current research is focussed on understanding psychological mechanisms involved in psychosis (particularly auditory verbal hallucinations, or ‘voice hearing’) and developing more effective psychological therapies for distressing psychotic experiences. Dr Brand has a particular interest in posttraumatic stress symptoms and trauma-focussed therapies for people experiencing psychosis.
Recent publications and presentations
- Varker, T., Brand, R.M., Ward, J., Terhaag, S. & Phelps, A. (2018). Efficacy of Synchronous Telepsychology Interventions for People With Anxiety, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Psychological Services, ePub ahead of print, DOI: 10.1037/ser0000239.
- Brand, R.M., McEnery, C., Bendall, S., Rossell, S. & Thomas, N. (2018) Do trauma-focussed psychological interventions have an effect on psychotic symptoms? A systematic review and meta-analysis, Open paper presentation at the World Psychiatric Association Thematic Congress, Melbourne.
- Brand, R.M., McEnery, C., Bendall, S., Rossell, S. & Thomas, N. (2018) Do trauma-focussed psychological interventions have an effect on psychotic symptoms? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Schizophrenia Research, 195, 13-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.08.037.
- Brand, R.M., Rossell, S., Bendall, S. & Thomas, N. (2017) Can we use an interventionist- causal paradigm to untangle the relationship between trauma, PTSD and psychosis? Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 306. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00306.
- Brand, R.M., Chisholm, K., Terhaag, S., Lau, W., Forbes, D., Holmes, A., O’Donnell, M. (2017) Understanding the early support needs of survivors of traumatic events: The example of severe injury survivors. Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, 10 (3), . DOI: 10.1037/tra0000274.
- Forbes, D., O’Donnell, M., Brand, R.M., Korn, S., Creamer, M., McFarlane, A., Sim, M., Forbes, A. & Hawthorne, G. (2016) The Long Term Mental Health Status of Australian Peacekeepers: Prevalence and Predictors of Psychiatric Disorder, British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 2 (1) 32-37. DOI: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.001321.
- Brand, R.M. & Palmer, F. (2015) A Service Evaluation of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group in an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service. Clinical Psychology Forum. 267
- Harrop, C., Ellett, L., Brand, R.M. & Lobban, F. (2014). Friends interventions in psychosis: A narrative review and call to action. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 9 (4), 269-278. DOI: 10.1111/eip.12172.
- Brand, R.M., Ellett, L., & Harrop, C. (2011). What is it like to be friends with a young person with psychosis? A qualitative study. Psychosis, 3 (3), 205 – 215. DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2010.528562.