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CoE – PTSD Announces Vice-Presidents of Research for Veterans and their Families

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The Centre of Excellence on Post-traumatic Disorder and Related Mental Health Conditions is pleased to announce the addition of Rael Lange, PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from University of Southern Queensland as the Vice President of Research –  Veterans, and Tracey Brickell, D.Psych in Health Psychology from University of Southern Queensland as the Vice President of Research – Veteran Families.

Fardous Hosseiny, Deputy CEO and lead of the research portfolio, says this is an important step for the Centre as Drs. Lange and Brickell mark a robust expansion of the Centre’s research efforts. “We have an incredible research team and are strong in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, and literature reviews. Drs. Lange and Brickell round out the team by bringing an expanded wealth of knowledge and history in clinical research.” 

An active clinical researcher in both civilian and military settings, Dr. Lange has built a strong publication record (i.e., 25 book chapters, 161 peer reviewed publications, 331 published abstracts).  For the past 11 years, Dr. Lange has been the Research Director and Senior Scientist for the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE; formerly known as the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center [DVBIC]), located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. During that time, he has served as a Scientific Director for the DVBIC-TBICoE 15-Year Longitudinal Natural History Study that examines outcome from traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members and veterans.  In transition to the Centre, Dr. Lange joins the team in a part-time capacity and will move to a full-time capacity in September 2021.

Dr. Brickell has worked for the TBICoE as a Scientific Director of the DVBIC-TBICoE 15-Year Longitudinal Caregiver and Family Member Study since May 2011. For the past 11 years she has lead a program of longitudinal research examining combat injuries and psychological trauma among U.S. service members and veterans (SMVs) and their families, with a focus on TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An accomplished researcher, Dr. Brickell has more than 95 peer reviewed publications and 211 conference presentations. In transition to the Centre, Dr. Brickell has also joined the team in a part-time capacity and will move to a full-time capacity in the fall.

“Within the context of the mandate of the CoE – PTSD, Drs. Lange and Brickell bring a wealth of knowledge in not only mental health, but specific to the context Military and RCMP Veterans and their Families. Having their expertise leading the research efforts of the Centre and supporting continued collaboration with our partner Canadian researchers in the area of PTSD will be an important part of continuing to build and grow to meet the needs of Canadian Veterans and their Families,” Hosseiny added.