Bethany L. Brand & Ryan Stadnik, Study Predicting Change in Treatment of Dissociation: A flawed study?

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

by Bethany L. Brand PhDRyan Stadnik BA

Author affiliations – Towson University, USA

According to the Journal, “Funding for this study came from an anonymous contribution made to Sheppard Pratt Health Systems’ Trauma Disorders Program and grants from the Constantinidas Family Foundation, Towson University, and the University of Western Ontario.

Sheppard Pratt Hospital treats dissociative identity disorder and has a Trauma Disorders Program , so there is a clear conflict of interest in this study from the start. Free Dictionary.com defines a conflict of interest as:

the situation in which a public official or fiduciary who, contrary to the obligation and absolute duty to act for the benefit of the public or a designated individual, exploits the relationship for personal benefit, typically pecuniary” 

A monetary, or pecuniary, investment in study voids its results in my opinion. Funding a study like this makes is a “study” a ridiculous waste of resources which, in the end, offer nothing to the bank of information and research aimed at helping traumatized individuals and their families.

Bottom line: The grounds on which this study was built was faulty from the start because:

1) from an anonymous donor

2) donation given to Sheppard Pratt known to support Dissociative Identity Disorder and stands to reap monetary gain

3) it misleads the public, clinicians, and patients who may not be aware of the inherent conflict of interest in studies of this nature.

Regarding the authors of this study. Bethany Brand, PhD offers this on her personal website:

Bethany Brand, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist practicing in Towson, Maryland.  Regarded as an expert in trauma, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders.

She should have recused herself from participating in this tainted research.

Ryan Stadnik, B.A. is a student of Dr. Bethany Brand and should have recused himself from participating and/or conducting this research.

On LinkedIn, Mr. Stadnik offers this information (1):

Research Program Assistant at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland Area

Current
  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. , Dr. Bethany Brand’s Lab at Towson University
Previous
  1. Indiana University Bloomington
Education
  1. Master of Arts (M.A.), Research and Experimental Psychology at Towson University

Under the bottom line: Is this research? Or is it a study paid for by people with a monetary gain in having the study reach particular conclusions? Or are Dr. Bethany Brand and Ryan Stadnik trying to make names for themselves in The Psychology Industry?

What is the result of this type of behavior disguised as “research” – you decide.

(1) retrieved 11/07/12 6:40pm EST

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  1. Rage of Those Interrupted

     /  12/01/2012

    You say” Under the bottom line: Is this research? Or is it a study paid for by people with a monetary gain in having the study reach particular conclusions? Or are Dr. Bethany Brand and Ryan Stadnik trying to make names for themselves in The Psychology Industry?”

    You’re right! Anything related to the FMSF is just parents trying to desperately prove they never raped their kids!

    Oh wait. You mean you only critically examine groups you don’t like? My bad!

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