Dr. Layne holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in post-war Bosnia and conducted extensive trainings with clinicians working with youth exposed to the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks. Dr. Layne is a co-author of several widely-used manualized interventions including Psychological First Aid, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Families Overcoming Under Stress, and Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents. Dr. Layne is lead developer of multidimensional grief theory and has constructed and validated measures of grief reactions, war exposure, and social support. He also led the development of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma since its 2006 launch. Dr. Layne worked closely with the American Psychiatric Association in creating developmentally sensitive criteria for Prolonged Grief Disorder in DSM-5-TR. He is currently Principal Investigator of a SAHMSA NCTSN Category II grant overseeing the adaptation and evaluation of the Core Curriculum for training in psychology and child psychiatry. Dr. Layne’s professional interests include the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress/PTSD and bereavement/grief, competency-based professional education, evidence-based practice, evidence-based assessment, research methods, developmental psychopathology, and resilience. He provides trainings and consultation in many settings including high-risk schools, juvenile justice, community violence, and cases involving traumatic bereavement.
Dr. Layne’s invited symposium presentation (with additional notes) on developmental psychopathology perspectives on traumatic stress (resilience and resistance) given at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, November 2004. LINK