Psychological & Consulting Services
Meet Dr. Brittany Brown
Psychological & Consulting Services
Meet Dr. Brittany Brown
Brittany Brown, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Arizona. Dr. Brown earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2019 from Midwestern University, an APA-accredited program, and holds both a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cornell University where she was a Dean’s List recipient.
Dr. Brown is passionate about working towards the vision of a world with no more victims, promoting a safer society through ethical and compassionate treatment and evaluation services; she came to Psychological and Consulting Services (PCS) in 2019 as a postdoctoral resident under the supervision of Dr. Brecken Blades, Psy.D., with this ongoing professional mission in mind and continues to provide professional services in this capacity at PCS. Dr. Brown was awarded the Outstanding Postdoctoral Resident Award in 2020 by the Arizona Psychological Foundation for the work she completed in forensic psychology as a resident at PCS, specifically treating and evaluating persons who have sexually abused, working towards a healthier tomorrow. This award recognizes one postdoctoral resident in the state of Arizona each year, who most demonstrates exceptional leadership potential in psychology, as well as excellence in clinical skills, research productivity, and commitment to the profession.
Dr. Brown’s clinical training experience in the field of psychology includes: group therapy for geriatric survivors of domestic violence living in a shelter; community behavioral health services to persons with serious mental illness; psychological and personality assessment in general private practice; group and individual therapy for persons with severe personality disorders, a history of violent crimes, and serious mental illness in a state hospital setting; group and individual therapy in the community for persons convicted of sexual offending; annual maintenance evaluations for post-conviction, post-treatment persons who both have sexually offended and remain on probation; and psychological, personality, psychosexual, and violence risk assessments in forensic inpatient (i.e., state hospital), forensic outpatient, and other institutional (i.e., DOC) settings, both privately referred and Court Ordered.
Dr. Brown offers comprehensive forensic and psychological services for adults, including the treatment of mood disorders (i.e., depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.) and grief, as well as in treating individuals who have either engaged in or have urges to engage in sexually abusive behaviors, to facilitate healthy changes to thinking and behavior, ultimately striving to promote healing and safety for both the clients and the community.
Dr. Brown also specializes in providing evaluation services, including psychological, personality, psychosexual, and violence risk assessments, both privately referred and Court Ordered, as well as conducts forensic screening evaluations of persons determined by DOC to be considered a candidate for civil commitment a sexually violent person (SVP; A.R.S. §36-3701) and forensic annual review evaluations of persons who have been formally civilly committed as an SVP (A.R.S. §36-3708). Dr. Brown additionally performs evaluations as to a person’s competency to stand trial (Rule 11), pre-sentence evaluations (Rule 26.5), sex offender evaluations (Rule 26.5), guilty except insane evaluations (A.R.S. §13-502), and independent mental health evaluations (A.R.S. §36-358).
Dr. Brown works with various agencies (e.g., Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona State Hospital, Maricopa County Adult Probation, Yuma County Superior Court, Apache County Superior Court, Pima County Superior Court, Family Court, etc.) and professionals (e.g., County Attorneys, polygraphers, Defense Attorneys, Deputy Court Administrators, etc.) across Arizona to provide the most effective services to clients.
Dr. Brown additionally provides psychoeducational services in line with her professional mission, including teaching a public health course in the community designed for caregivers to learn how to recognize child sexual abuse and respond appropriately, including implementation of prevention techniques to protect and serve children in Arizona. Dr. Brown also spent time teaching an introduction to sex offender treatment course at PCS, to facilitate a person’s ability to understand foundational treatment material and succeed in sexual offender treatment once they begin.
Dr. Brown also actively volunteers in the community, holding several leadership roles in the field of psychology in Arizona. Dr. Brown started serving on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Psychological Foundation in February of 2020, and through this role continues to provide pro- bono services in the community related to psychological education and consultation, promotion of research that advances psychological science, and supporting leadership development within psychology. Dr. Brown separately took over as the Chair of the Arizona Psychological Association’s Disaster Response Network (DRN) committee in November of 2020, and continues to serve as both the Chair and Secretary of the DRN committee, providing pro-bono disaster mental health community outreach and response services to Arizonans impacted by both natural and manmade disasters. Dr. Brown additionally serves on the committee for the Interprofessional Behavioral Health Collaborative of Arizona, an interprofessional team striving to collaborate and work together on a pro-bono basis to address behavioral health needs across Arizona. Lastly as to volunteer leadership, throughout the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Brown participated in a Mental Health Response Work Group on an interdisciplinary team, collaboratively working together to address crisis response needs in Arizona specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic on a pro-bono basis; this team is continuing to meet on an as needed basis.