Wilson Brown, Ph.D.

Wilson Brown, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Clinical Psychology M.A. program
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychology and Clinical Psychology M.A. programs
Faculty Affiliate, Susan Hirt Hagen CORE
Faculty Affiliate, The Public Policy Initiative at Penn State Behrend
106 Turnbull
Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

Wilson J. Brown, Ph.D., is an associate professor of child clinical psychology and program coordinator of the Clinical Psychology (ACPSY) master's degree program at Penn State Behrend.

He completed his doctoral training and formal trauma specialization at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a predoctoral internship in the traumatic stress rotation at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress (CTSTS) at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Brown specializes in translational research and treatment of traumatic stress. He works with both child and adult populations and has completed certified trainings in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Recently, Dr. Brown has focused on the dissemination of trauma-informed services in the community setting. Dr. Brown has conducted numerous trainings and continued consultations at community mental health agencies that service both child and adult populations. His intention is to create a change in culture at the organizational, provider, and service levels in community mental health agencies that inherently treat highly traumatized populations to a trauma-informed model.

His dissertation investigated the relationship between the neural mechanisms of emotion regulation and treatment response in interpersonal trauma survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

His teaching interests include Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, Crisis Intervention, and Trauma and Resiliency. Dr. Brown is also a Penn State alumnus, class of 2008. 

His current research interests include: 1) the interaction between affect, trauma exposure, and PTSD, 2) the utilization of translational research methodologies to understand emotion regulation in traumatized populations, 3) the improvement of evidence-based treatments for trauma and PTSD, and 4) the effective dissemination of trauma-informed practices and trauma-focused interventions.


Brown, W. (Primary Author), Hetzel-Riggin, M. D., Mitchell, M. A., & Bruce, S. E. (2019). Rumination mediates the relationship between negative affect and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in interpersonal trauma survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Brown, W. (Primary Author), Dewey, D., Bunnell, B. E., Boyd, S. J., Wilkerson, A. K., Mitchell, M. A., & Bruce, S. E. (2018). A critical review of negative affect and the application of CBT for PTSD. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 19(2), 176-194. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: 10.1177/1524838016650188

Grubaugh, A. L., Davidson, T., & Brown, W. (Co-Author) (2017). Trajectory of PTSD Symptom Change during the Course of Exposure Therapy among Veterans with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, 68(8), 859.

Grubaugh, A. L., Veronee, K., Ellis, C., Brown, W. (Co-Author), & Knapp, R. G. (2017). Feasibility and efficacy of prolonged exposure for PTSD among individuals with a psychotic spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Psychology: Psychology for Clinical Settings, 8, 1-10.

Brown, W. (Primary Author), Wilkerson, A. K., Milanak, M. E., Tuerk, P. W., Uhde, T. W., Cortese, B. M., & Grubaugh, A. L. (2017). An examination of sleep quality in veterans with a dual diagnosis of PTSD and severe mental illness. Psychiatry Research, 247, 15-20.

Brown, W. (Primary Author), Grubaugh, A. L., Knapp, R. G., & Acierno, R. E. (2016). Interplay between service era, PTSD symptom expression, and treatment completion among veterans. Military Psychology, 28(6), 418-428.

Buchholz, K. R., Bruce, S. E., Koucky, E. M., Artime, T. M., Wojtalik, J. A., Brown, W. (Co-Author), & Sheline, Y. I. (2016). Neural correlates of trait rumination during an emotion interference task in women with PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29, 317-324.

Brown, W. (Primary Author), Wojtalik, J. A., Dewey, D., Bruce, S. E., Yang, Z., & Sheline, Y. I. (2016). Affect and neural activity in women with PTSD during a task of emotional interference. Journal of Affective Disorders, 204, 9-15.

Brown, W. (Primary Author), Bruce, S. E., Buchholz, K. R., Mueller, T., Hu, E., & Sheline, Y. I. (2016). Affective dispositions and PTSD symptom clusters in female interpersonal trauma survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(3), 407-424.

Dewey, D., McDonald, M. K., Brown, W. (Co-Author), Boyd, S. J., Bunnell, B. E., & Schuldberg, D. (2015). The impact of ecological momentary assessment on posttraumatic stress symptom trajectory. Psychiatry Research, 230, 300-303.

Bruce, S. E., Buchholz, K. R., Brown, W. (Co-Author), Yan, L., Durbin, T., & Sheline, Y. I. (2013). Altered emotional interference processing in the amygdala and insula in women with post- traumatic stress disorder. Neuroimage: Clinical, 2, 43-49.

Hu, E., Koucky, E. M., Brown, W. (Co-Author), Bruce, S. E., & Sheline, Y. I. (2013). The role of rumination in elevating perceived stress in posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(10), 1953-1962.


Brown, W. (Primary Author), Wilkerson, A. K., Boyd, S. J., Dewey, D., Mesa, F., & Bunnell, B. E. (2018). A review of sleep disturbance in children and adolescents with anxiety. Journal of Sleep Research, 27, 1-18. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12635

Ph D, Clinical Psychology, The University of Missouri St. Louis

MA, Clinical Psychology, The University of Missouri St. Louis

BS, Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University