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Brassard, Marla
Professor of Psychology and Education
Director of Clinical Training
Health & Behavior Studies
212-678-3368

Office:
529D Thndk

Office Hours:
Monday 3-4; Wednesday 5-6; Thursday 3-4

Educational Background

B.A., Whitworth College (Psychology); Ph.D., Columbia University (Educational Psychology).

Professional License and Certification: Applied Psychologist in New York; Certified School Psychologist in states of New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

Scholarly Interests

For the past 20 plus years Professor Brassard has been studying psychological maltreatment - its assessment, the emotional injuries and behavioral problems that result, and the contextual factors that moderate the effect of maltreatment, particularly the role of schools, teachers and peer relationships. She also studies psychological aggression in the teacher-student and peer relationships and its impact on children's functioning as part of a longitudinal study of 800 secondary school children followed from middle school through high school. She is a co-author/editor of 4 books, 2 on psychological maltreatment, 1 text on preschool assessment, and numerous research articles and chapters. She was a co-chair of the task force that wrote the Guidelines for the Psychosocial Evaluation of Suspected Psychological Maltreatment (APSAC, 1995) which is the standard for forensic practice and governmental agency investigation. She teaches courses on family as the context in child development, personality and behavioral assessment of children and adolescents, a practicum on psychological assessment where student's perform comprehensive forensic evaluations of clients in the Center for Educational and Psychological Services. Clinically, she has worked in schools (preschool-high school), a prison, and clinics with normally developing as well as maltreated and other troubled children and youth and their families.

Selected Publications

Brassard, M. R., & Boehm, A. E. (2007). Preschool assessment: Principles and practices. New York: Guilford Press.

Morris-Rothschild, B., & Brassard, M. R. (2006). Teachers' conflict managment styles: The role of attachment styles and classroom managment efficacy. Journal of School Psychology,  44 (2), 105-121.

Brassard, M. R., & Donovan, K. M. (2006). Defining psychological maltreatment. In M. Feerick, J. F. Knutson, Trickett, P. K., & Flanzer, S. (Eds.), Child abuse and neglect. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing. 

Brassard, M. R., & Rivelis, R. (2006). Psychological and physical abuse. In G. Bear & K. Minke (Eds.), Children's Needs III:  Understanding and Addressing the Developmental Needs of Children ;(pp. 799-820). Bathesda, MD:  NASP.

Binggeli, N., Hart, S., & Brassard, M. R. (2001). Psychological maltreatment of children (Child abuse and neglect series). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Refereed Articles

Rothschild, B. M., & Brassard, M. R. (2006).  Teachers' conflict management styles: The role of attachment styles and classroom management efficacy. Journal of School Psychology, 44 (2), 105-121.

Brassard, M. R., & Chen, S. (2005).The boarding of upper middle class toddlers in China Psychology in the Schools, 42 (3), 297-304.

Storch, E. A., Masia, C. L., & Brassard, M. R. (2003). The relationship of peer victimization to social anxiety and loneliness in adolescents. Child Study Journal, 33, 1-18.

Dillon, D. H., & Brassard, M. R. (1999). Adolescents and parental AIDS death: The role of social support. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.Newbury Park, CA:  Sage.

Hart, S. D., Binkley, N. J., & Brassard, M. R. (1997). Evidence for the effects of psychological maltreatment. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 1, 27-58.

Brassard, M., Hart, S. & Hardy, D. (1993). The Psychological Maltreatment Rating Scales. Child Abuse and Neglect, 17 (4), 715-729.

Hart, S. N., & Brassard, M. R. (1991). Psychological maltreatment: Progress achieved. Development and Psychopathology, 3, 61-70.

Brassard, M. R., Hyman, l., & Dimmitt, C. (1991). What can children expect? Protecting and nurturing children in school and community contexts. School Psychology Review, 20 (3), 369-381.

Brassard, M. R., & Barnes, S. G. (1987). Serving emotionally disturbed students in rural settings: A case study of service delivery problems and alternative solutions. School Psychology Review, 16, 391-397.   

Hart, S. N. & Brassard, M. R. (1987). A major threat to children's mental health: psychological maltreatment. American Psychologist, 42, 161-165.

Germain, R., Brassard, M. R., & Hart, S. N. (1985). Crisis counseling: Maltreatment of children. School Psychology Review, 14, 291-299.

Brassard, M. R. (1985). Child sexual abuse: What your child should know. A review of programs for grades 7-12 and for senior high students. School Psychology Review, 14, 388-390.

Thompson, P. L., & Brassard, M. R. (1984). Cummings and Moscato soft on the Woodcock-Johnson. School Psychology Review, 13, 41- 44.

Thompson, P. L., & Brassard, M. R. (1984). Validity of the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability: A comparison of the WISC-R in LD and normal elementary students. Journal of School Psychology, 22, 201-208.

Tyler, A. H., & Brassard, M. R. (1984). Abuse in the investigation and treatment of intrafamilial child sexual abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 8, 47-53.

Brassard, M. R., Tyler, A., & Kehle, T. (1983). School programs to prevent intrafamilial child sexual abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 7, 241-245.

Brassard, M. R., Tyler, A., & Kehle, T. (1983). Sexually abused children: Identification and suggested interventions. School Psychology Review, 12, 93-97.

Brassard, M. R., & Szaranic, L. (1983). Promoting early school achievement in American Indian children. School Psychology International, 4, 91-100.

Burns, C. W., & Brassard, M. R. (1982). A look at the single parent family: Implications for the school psychologist. Psychology in the Schools, 19, 487-494.

Invited Articles

Hart, S. N., & Brassard, M. R. (1993). Psychological maltreatment, Violence Update, 1, 9-11.

Brassard, M. R., & Gelardo, M. S. (1987). Psychological maltreatment: The unifying construct in child abuse and neglect. School Psychology Review, 16, 127-136.

Brassard, M. R., & Colton, J. (1985). Sexual harassment in School Psychology: The results of a national survey. Communiqu, 14(2), 7-8.

Books

Brassard, MR. & Boehm, A. E. (2007). Preschool assessment: Perspectives and Strategies.New York: Guilford Press. This is a 14 chapter, authored graduate text.

Binggeli, N., Hart, S., & Brassard, M. R. (2001). Psychological maltreatment of children (Child abuse and neglect series). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Talley, R. C., Kubiszyn, T., Brassard, M. R., & Short, R. J. (Eds.), (1996) Making psychologists in schools indispensable: Critical issues and emerging perspectives.Washington, DC: ERIC and the American Psychological Association.

Brassard, M. R., Germain, R., & Hart, S. N. (Eds.) (1987). Psychological maltreatment of children and youth.Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press, 316 pages. Chosen Academic Book of the Year by Choice, and a selection of the Behavioral Sciences Book Service. Reviews by Choice and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Book Chapters

Brassard, M. R., & Rivelis, R. (2006). Psychological and physical abuse. In G. Bear & K. Minke (Eds.), Children's Needs III:  Understanding and Addressing the Developmental Needs of Children (pp. 799-820).  Bathesda, MD:  NASP.

Brassard, M. R., & Donovan. (2006).  Defining psychological maltreatment. In Feerick, M. M., Knutson, J. F., Trickett, P. K., & Flanzer, S. M. (Eds.), Child abuse and neglect: Definitions, classifications, and framework for research (pp. 151-197). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.

Saigh, P.A., Brassard, M. R., & Peverly, S. T. (2004). Cognitive behavioral interventions for children and adolescents with PTSD. In S. Taylor (Ed.), The treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder: Cognitive-behavioral perspectives (pp. 243-263). New York: Springer.

Brassard, M. R., & Butterfass, M. J. (2003) Escalation-de-escalation: Teacher interventions. In J. Miller, I., Rodriquez Martin, & G. Schamess (Eds.), School violence and children in crises: School and community based strategies for social workers and counselors (pp. 187-206). Denver, CO: Love Publishing.

Hart, S. N., Brassard, M. R., Binggeli, N. J., Davidson, H. S. (2003). Psychological maltreatment.  Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family Relations, 1, 221-227. New York: MacMillan Reference USA.

Brassard, M. R., Hart, S. N., & Hardy, D. B. (2001). Psychological and emotional abuse. In R. T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.), Case studies in family violence (2nd edition, pp. 293-322). New York: Plenum.

Brassard, M. R., & Hart, S. N. (2000). What is psychological maltreatment? In H. Dubowitz & D. DePanfilis (Eds.), Handbook for child protection practice (pp. 23-30).  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage.

Brassard, M. R., & Hart, S. N. (2000). How do I determine if a child has been psychologically maltreated? In H. Dubowitz & D. DePanfilis (Eds.), Handbook for child protection practice (pp. 215-219).  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage.

Brassard, M. R., & Hardy, D. (1998). Psychological maltreatment. In M. E. Helfer, R. S. Kempe, & R. Krugman (Eds.), The battered child (4th edition, pp. 393-412). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Brassard, M. R. (1997). Psychological and physical abuse. In G. Bear, K. Minke, & A. Thomas (Eds.), Children's needs II: Psychological perspectives (pp. 877-888). Washington, DC: NASP.

Brassard, M. R. (1996). Listening to our clients: A strategy for making psychology indispensable in the schools. In Talley, R. C., Kubiszyn, T., Brassard, M. R., & Short, R. J. (Eds.), (1996), Making psychologists in schools indispensable: Critical issues and emerging perspectives (pp. 91-96).Washington, DC: ERIC and the American Psychological Association.

Hart, S. N., & Brassard, M. R. (1996). Psychological maltreatment of children. In R. Gelles (Ed.), Vision 2010: Families and violence, abuse and neglect (pp. 14-15). Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Hart, S. N., Brassard, M. R. & Karlson, H. (1996). Psychological maltreatment. In L. Berliner, J. Briere, J. Bulkley, C. Jenny & T. Reid (Eds.), The APSAC handbook on child maltreatment (pp. 72-89). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Brassard, M. R., & Apellaniz, l. (1992). The abusive family: Theory and intervention. In M. J. Fine & C. I. Carlson (Eds.), Handbook of family-school problems and interventions: A systems perspective (pp. 215-230). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Bonner, B. L., Kaufman, K., Harbeck, C., & Brassard, M. R. (1992). Child maltreatment. In C. E. Walker & M. C. Roberts (Eds.), Handbook of clinical child psychology (2nd edition, pp. 967-1008). New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Brassard, M. R., Hart, S. N. & Hardy, D. B. (1991). Psychological and emotional abuse of children. In R. T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.), Case studies in family violence (pp. 255-270). New York: Plenum.

Hart, S. N., & Brassard, M. R. (1990). Psychological maltreatment of children. In R. T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.), Treatment of family violence: A sourcebook (pp. 77-112). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Brassard, M. R., & McNeill, L. (1987). Child sexual abuse. In M. R. Brassard, R. Germain, & S. N. Hart (Eds.), Psychological maltreatment of children and youth (pp. 69-88). Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press.

Hart, S. N., & Brassard, M. R. (1987). Psychological maltreatment: Integration and summary. In M. R. Brassard, R. Germain, & S. N. Hart (Eds.), Psychological maltreatment of children and youth (pp. 254-266). Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press.

Hart, S. N., Brassard, M. R., & Germain, R. (1987). Psychological maltreatment in education and schooling. In M. R. Brassard, R. Germain, & S. N. Hart (Eds.), Psychological maltreatment of children and youth (pp. 217-242). Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press.

Hart, S. N., Germain, R., & Brassard, M. R. (1987). The challenge: To better understand and combat the psychological maltreatment of children and youth. In M. R. Brassard, R. Germain, & S. N. Hart (Eds.), Psychological maltreatment of children and youth (pp. 3-24). Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press.

Brassard, M. R. (1986). Family assessment procedures and approaches. In H. M. Knoff (Ed.), The psychological assessment of child and adolescent personality (pp. 399-449). New York: Guilford Press.

Hart, S. N., Gelardo, M., & Brassard, M. R. (1986). Psychological maltreatment. In J. Jacobsen (Ed.), Psychiatric sequelae of child abuse (pp. 133-168). Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.

Test/Book/Video Reviews

Brassard, M. R. (1999). Review of the videotape, Understanding six forms of emotional child abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 25(3), 429-430.

Brassard, M. (1994). Review of K. O'Hagan's book, The emotional and psychological abuse of children. Child Abuse and Neglect, 18(3), 897-898.

Brassard, M. R. (1985). Review of Process for the assessment of effective student functioning. The ninth mental measurements yearbook. Volume II (pp. 1210-1211). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurement, University of Nebraska.

Brassard, M. R. (1985). Review of the Barclay Learning Needs Assessment Inventory. The ninth mental measurements yearbook. Volume II (p. 131). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurement, University of Nebraska.

Scholarship In Progress

Auth, J., & Brassard, M. R. (submitted for publication). Mastery orientation and teacher support as predictors of successful retention outcomes.

Hart, S. N., Brassard, M. R., Binggeli, N. J., Davidson, H. S. (in process, invited). Overview of psychological maltreatment.  Encyclopedia of Trauma and Abuse.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications

Brassard, M. R., Basch, C. E., Vogel, D., & Greenwald, M. B. (in preparation). Teacher-directed student aggression: Aggressive student or response to a "mean teacher?"

Butterfass, M., & Brassard, M. R. (in preparation). Peer sexual harassment in middle school: A developmental perspective.

Brassard, M. R., Hart, S. N., & Hardy, D. B. (in preparation). Psychological maltreatment: Predicting social competence from mother-child interactions.

DelVecchio, D., Brassard, M. R., & Kretschmer (in preparation). The development of emotional understanding in deaf and hearing children.

Morris, K. & Brassard, M. R. (revise and resubmit). How well does gender predict responses to videotaped physical versus social aggression in normal and conduct disordered adolescents?

Tests Developed

Psychological Maltreatment Rating Scales (1991, 1993) available from M. Brassard

Mental Injury Rating Scales (1993)

Teacher Psychological Aggression Scale (Casarjian & Brassard, 1998)

Comprehensive Assessment of Psychological Maltreatment (2006)

Public Education Pamphlets and Videotapes

Brassard, M. R., & Carlton, S. (1990). Helping children from troubled homes: A videotape in-service program for elementary school teachers.Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts.

Hart, S. N. & Brassard, M. R. (1988). Teacher's guide to spider-man on emotional abuse.Chicago, IL: National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Brassard, M. R., & Hart, S. N. (1987). Emotional abuse: Words can hurt. Chicago, IL: National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

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Stephen Peverly has helped establish TC as a leader in school psychology. His own research is advancing the field

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Celebrating Psychology

AT TEACHERS COLLEGE, we believe that collaboration across the academic disciplines offers the best hope for solving the most challenging problems in education and human development. One of the most compelling stories of collaboration throughout our history has been the work of our faculty in psychology.

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Why Sticks And Stones Really Hurt

Marla Brassard has helped put psychological abuse on the world's radar

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Alumni News: Unraveling Dangerous Decisions

Beth Casarjian goes straight to the source to change kids' risky behaviors

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Hope and Counseling

TC's Dean-Hope Center is an important resource for surrounding communities

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Employee News

Welcoming new employees, and celebrating promotions and long-term staff anniversaries.

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Staffing News

Welcoming new employees, and celebrating promotions and long-term staff anniversaries

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Cultures of Silence: Why Penn State and other institutions don't bring wrong-doing to light - and how outsiders should react

Why Penn State and other institutions don't bring wrong-doing to light -- and how outsiders should react

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Taking Note of Students

Stephen Peverly has helped establish TC as a leader in school psychology. His own research is advancing the field

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/articles/2011/november/what-to-say-when-the-sky-is-falling-how-to-talk-to-kids-abo/

Celebrating Psychology

AT TEACHERS COLLEGE, we believe that collaboration across the academic disciplines offers the best hope for solving the most challenging problems in education and human development. One of the most compelling stories of collaboration throughout our history has been the work of our faculty in psychology.

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