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Dr. Gary Brown, Ph.D.

Disaster Mental Health Specialist
On-Scene Support Specialist
Pre and Post Incident Training

Dr. Gary Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown is a licensed psychotherapist in the State of California.

He also brings to his consulting and clinical practice a rich background in the field of education. He earned a Teaching Credential for Life upon completing a graduate course of study in the School of Education at the University of Southern California.

In addition to his private practice, where he works with individuals, couples and families, Dr. Brown is also a specialist in the area of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). He is a clinical member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He holds two board certifications as an expert in traumatic stress and crisis response, and was recently awarded a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

One of the most active and experienced pre-incident, on-scene, and post-incident disaster mental health specialists in the United States, he has served as a crisis interventionist for numerous fire services - urban and wild land - including the United States Forest Service; the Torrance Fire Department; Culver City FD, Santa Barbara FD; and the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He has also conducted several trainings for the Ventura County Fire Chiefs Association.

In addition to serving in the public sector, Dr. Brown also provides crisis intervention services in the private and business sector. He has responded to numerous incidents involving violence in the workplace as well as other types of man-made, natural, and technological events.

A consultant to various local, regional, and national media outlets, he has also appeared on The Learning Channel’s production of “The Secret World of Paramedics” and has appeared on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC as well as being quoted in various print media.

One of the most active members of the crisis response community, Dr. Brown serves as Co-Team Leader; Senior Clinical Advisor, and on-call crisis intervention specialist and trainer for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center CISM Team in Los Angeles. Dr. Brown has also taught Crisis Intervention for Disaster Workers for the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles and currently trains and provides crisis interventions services for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team through the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security. He has lectured overseas with emergency responders and consulted for United Nations Peacekeeping Forces as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA.

An on-scene and post-incident disaster specialist, he advises incident commanders and other responders during mass casualty incidents; provides pre and post-incident support for a wide spectrum of agencies, elected and appointed governmental officials, as well as local and national media services. He has served as an Advisor and Instructor to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Urban Search and Rescue Division through the OES Specialized Training Institute, as well as the United States Army Corps of Engineers Rapid Response Center; all four branches of the Department of Defense; and NASA. In addition, he served two tours in Vietnam with the United States Navy from 1967-1969.

Trained in basic life-saving techniques, he was presented an Award for Heroism by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the American Red Cross for his successful life-saving efforts during a medical rescue. An active member of the emergency services community, he is also a recipient of numerous local and national honors and commendations for his extensive and ongoing efforts to serve those who have been impacted by traumatic events and especially those in the first response community who are tasked to respond to these traumatic incidents.

At present, he is attempting to further the application of various crisis-intervention theories and strategies as they apply to primary victims of trauma as well as emergency service workers who must respond to traumatic events. He is particularly interested in two specific aspects of critical incidents: (l) prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder through the use of various Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) techniques and, (2) pre-incident planning and education for the private business sector; emergency first responders; appointed and elected government officials; incident command personnel; healthcare providers; as well as civilian victims and survivors of traumatic events.


Dr. Gary Brown, Ph.D. travels from Los Angeles, California 90024. For more information regarding US, international and keynote speaker fees please contact Ms. Annmarie Arleo, Director of Operations, by email at or by telephone at 800-810-7550.







Invited Panelist, Los Angeles EAP: Lessons Learned From the Trenches of Critical Incidents, 2012
Workshop covered topics of critical incident response including pre-incident education; on-scene experiences of the presenters; and principles of self-care for emergency responders.

Invited Presenter, ICISF 11th. World Congress, CISM On-Scene Support: Lessons Learned, Information,
Workshop covering principles of on-scene support including integrating critical incident response with ICS and NIMS; structure of on-scene support teams; working in the public and private sector; do's and don'ts when working on-scene; assessing for safety of operations; identifying resources and follow-up to the next level of care.

Invited Presentation: Disaster Psychology; Impact and Recovery, 2010
This workshop was delivered to members of the Mayor's staff and Crisis Response Team to help government officials and other responders identify the types of disasters that they may encounter; common signs and symptoms associated with such incidents; and principles of self-care. Special emphasis on the specific demands upon public officials and how to function in a mass casualty environment.

Lead Instructor, Basic Group Interventions for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2010
Delivery of this ICISF gateway course to CISM in general and small and large group interventions including defusings, critical incident stress debriefings, crisis management briefings, and demobilizations. This course was specifically geared to hospital personnel.

Invited Instructor: Acts of Terrorism: Psychological Impact and Recovery, 2009
Customized workshop designed for the business community to help provide pre-incident education related to the impact of terrorists acts and potential impact on various elements of the business community.

Please contact Dr. Brown for information and more complete list of potential topics and trainings.



  “Immediately after the attacks of September 11th, we were able to recruit Dr. Brown to become part of our relief efforts at Ground Zero. Because of his extensive work on mass casualty incidents, he was the first CISM disaster mental health specialist allowed to work on the pile. Numerous rescue workers made it a point to thank him for normalizing their responses, thus allowing them to continue to function in their critical roles. We at the Salvation Army want to offer our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Brown for being a friend to those in need at a very stressful time and for putting himself personally at risk in a dynamic and dangerous environment. His efforts at Ground Zero continue to remain an inspiration for many who were there with him and those that followed in his footsteps.”

- Major Neil Timpson, Salvation Army

“I want to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation for the extraordinary services you rendered to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center after the loss of the Shuttle Columbia and her crew. Your dedication and efforts in leading the debriefing proved to be highly successful. Many of the attendees reported a sharp reduction in feelings of stress, grief, and anxiety as a result of this timely intervention. On behalf of the entire NASA Drydren family, I want to express our profound gratitude for helping us begin the process of healing.”

- Kevin Peterson, Center Director, NASA Dryden Research Center

(Would you recommend this course to a colleague?) Yes, absolutely! Gary did a remarkable job for our group during this two-day training. Everyone was riveted to their seats as he successfully blended theory and practice based upon his extensive real-life, real world experiences in the field. The mock defusings and debriefings were so incredibly realistic and gave me/us more confidence as a team. Our staff are in a much better position to provide crisis intervention services. Thank you!”

“Dr. Brown is simply one of the most dynamic trainers I have ever seen!”

- Jim Keany, MD, Emergency Department, Mission and Children's Hospital of Orange County

(Did the course meet your expectations?) "Dr. Brown actually exceeded my expectations and that is no easy feat! This instructor did an incredible job of explaining the background theory and then blending it with the practical applications of this model in ways that were very easy to understand in everyday language. He talked to us, not at us – thank you!”

- Flora Haus, RN, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center



  The following is a partial list:

AEG for Staples Center in Los Angeles

Alaska Airlines

Andrews International

California Governor's Office, Office of Emergency Management

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Healthcare System

City of Los Angeles Fire Department

Department of Defense including Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard

Edwards Air Force Base


International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital

Kodak Theatre

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Los Angeles Mayor's Office, Department of Homeland Security, Crisis Response Team

Los Angeles Times

Marlborough School

Mission and Children's Hospital of Orange County


Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Joseph Medical Center

Salvation Army

Social Security Administration

Sony Studios

United Nations Peacekeeping Forces

Universal Studios

Ventura County Fire Chief's Association