Director, Terrorism & Disaster Program, UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Melissa Brymer, Ph.D, Psy.D. is Director of the Terrorism and Disaster Program of the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and its National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In this capacity, Dr. Brymer been involved with the development of acute interventions, assessment, and educational materials in the area of terrorism, disasters, public health emergencies, and school crises. She is one of the primary authors of NCTSN/NCPTSD Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery and has served as a consultant for many Federal, state, and local agencies across the country and internationally after disasters, terrorism, school shootings, and other mass emergencies. Dr. Brymer was the lead advisor to the Newtown Public Schools Recovery Program, and the PI for an NIJ research project examining the short and long-term impact of 10 different school shooting and mass violence incidences. Dr. Brymer is a key partner with the MUSC National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center. Finally, Dr. Brymer has led the NCTSN’s response to COVID-19.