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2023 AK Visiting Lecture Series 06 w/ Drs. Brenner & Thompson-Hollands

April 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Drs. Lauren Brenner and Johanna Thompson-Hollands

Provided by: MGH Center for Faculty Development & Mass General Brigham

2023 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 06
“Continuum of trauma-related assessment and treatment in service members and veterans”

The Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series was created to support and advance the careers of women. These lectures bring together faculty from institutions that have hosted Anne Klibanski Scholars with MGH scholars, on topics that overlap both research areas.

Dr. Brenner presented on “Behavioral Health Approaches to Transdiagnostic Care with the Special Operations Forces Community.”
Dr. Thompson-Hollands presented on “Family-inclusive PTSD treatment for Veterans: Rationale and Recommendations for Clinicians.”

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to:

  • Provide overview of common presenting concerns and psychiatric diagnoses in Special Operations Forces service members and veterans presenting for comprehensive brain health and trauma evaluation
  • Describe recommendations for providers working with SOF and embedded support patients
  • Describe the potential advantages of family-inclusive treatment for Veterans with PTSD
  • Assess the evidence for Veterans’ willingness to involve family members in their PTSD treatment

Target Audience: This activity is intended for faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD, MBA, Director, Center for Faculty Development; Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Lauren Brenner, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with Home Base, a Massachusetts General Hospital and Red Sox Foundation Program. Her research focuses on establishing best practices for psychological evaluation and treatment of Special Operations Forces community service members and veterans. Dr. Brenner is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is a credentialed Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America.

Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD, is a clinical psychologist. She is a Staff Psychologist in the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Her work focuses on the role of social support in the treatment of psychopathology, particularly interventions for Veterans with PTSD. She has received multiple federal grants to support this work, and is currently conducting a multisite clinical trial to test a brief family intervention that she has developed within VA.


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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