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Natalie Novick Brown, PhD

Natalie Novick Brown is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in Washington State (also licensed in Florida and Alaska). Dr. Brown’s doctoral training includes a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in FASD with pioneer FASD researcher Dr. Ann Streissguth, which led to certification as a private psychological expert for the Developmental Disabilities Administration in Washington State. Dr. Brown’s formal forensic training consists of an 18-month predoctoral internship in parenting evaluation plus a year of supervised postdoctoral training in sex offender evaluation and treatment, the latter of which led to certification as a Sex Offender Treatment Provider (SOTP). In the course of her 25-year private practice, Dr. Brown has specialized in parenting, sexual offender, and child sexual abuse evaluations as well as treating and evaluating individuals with FASD and comorbid neurodevelopmental disorders. The latter has included FASD evaluations in capital murder cases across the United States. As a clinical assistant professor (courtesy staff) in University of Washington’s School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Brown consults and participates in treatment and intervention research at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. Dr. Brown has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on FASD and presented on the subject at many state, national, and international conferences. In 2007, she and colleagues founded FASDExperts, a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals who conducted forensic FASD assessments in capital and other felony contexts. In 2012, she was invited to contribute to the American Bar Association’s 2012 Resolution on FASD. In 2021, her book Evaluating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Forensic Context was published. Recognized as an FASD expert in state and federal courtrooms around the nation, Dr. Brown is considered a national and international expert on the forensic implications of FASD.

Natalie Novick Brown, PhD