Sandra’s Bio

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Sandra L. Brown, M.A. holds a master’s degree in counseling with a former specialization in personality disorders/pathology.  She is a program development specialist, lecturer, community educator, and award-winning author.  Her books include the award-winning Women Who Love Psychopaths:  Inside the Relationships of Inevitable Harm with Psychopaths, Sociopaths and Narcissists, as well as How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved, and Counseling Victims of Violence:  A Handbook for Helping Professionals.

Sandra is recognized for her pioneering work on women’s issues related to relational harm with Cluster B/Axis II – Sociopathy/Psychopathy disordered partners.  She specializes in training professionals from various professions about pathological love relationships based on her books/products, and helps women’s organizations modify their survivor support services to include recognizing pathological love relationships.  Under her direction, The Institute has developed the Advanced Community Education Program for professionals in pathological love relationships, utilizing The Institute’s Model of Care Approach with our team of affiliated licensed mental health professionals.

Her books, CD’s, DVD’s, and other training materials have been used as curriculum in drug rehabs, women’s organizations and shelters, women’s jail and prison programs, school and college-based programs, inner city projects, and various psychology and sociology programs, and has been distributed in almost every country around the world.

Her collaborative research on Women Who Loves Psychopaths was presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, as well as The Ruth Ginsberg Lecture Series, Women and the Law on Domestic Violence, and Domestic Violence Provider and Batterer Intervention Training, in which her unique focus on pathological love relationships has been featured.  Her exclusive insight into pathological love relationships is now regularly quoted as a resource in new books on this topic.

She is a writer for Psychology Today and has been interviewed in magazines such as Seventeen.  She has appeared in more than 50 television shows including Anderson Cooper’s daytime show, Anderson.  She has provided consultation to film producers regarding pathological love relationship dynamics based on her books.

Sandra’s previous work included the founding and directing of a counseling center, which was a multi-faceted mental health treatment center.  She also worked as a specialist in a women’s trauma inpatient hospital program.