Assistant Professor, History & Society

Hart Hall 214, Troy
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Dr. Brayton received her PhD in psychology and her J.D. in California from Palo Alto University and Golden Gate School of Law.  She has worked in legal positions assisting in the defense of victims of intimate partner violence.  Clinically she has experience working with severely mentally ill clients that have ended up in the legal system as the result of being determined to be not guilty by reason of insanity or a mentally disordered offender.  Her work in that field gave her experience in assessment of individuals who fall into these categories.  In addition, she gained additional experience working with adult survivors of trauma as well as chemical dependency treatment in both a VA setting as well as a private psychiatric facility setting.  In 2005, Dr. Brayton opened a private practice, specializing in the treatment of anxiety based disorders and assessment.

Since 2010, Dr. Brayton has also been a professor with Sage Colleges, primarily teaching in the graduate program Forensic Mental Health. She has taught classes in Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Forensic Mental Health and Chemical Dependency regularly within the graduate program.  In addition, she has had the opportunity to develop classes in Criminal Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Most recently Dr. Brayton has begun to work with the students at Russell Sage, teaching Victimology as well as an undergraduate class of Abnormal psychology.