Heath J. Brightman, Ed.D.

Heath J. Brightman, Ed.D.

Research Professor
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Dr. Brightman is currently a full professor and the Director of Applied Research & Analysis at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was an associate research professor at the Naval War College from 2008-2011 prior to promotion. Dr. Brightman also served as an assistant professor and tenured associate professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Peter’s College from 2000-2008. He continues to work as an adjunct faculty member at several undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level institutions, and as a member of several doctoral dissertation committees. In addition, Dr. Brightman previously spent fifteen years in a variety of law enforcement, investigative, and intelligence analysis positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the United States Secret Service. He is well published in the areas of white-collar criminality, corruption control, and the psychology of offending.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Dr. Brightman received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Masters in Criminal Justice Administration from Boston University, two master’s degrees from Salve Regina University (a MA in Holistic Counseling and a MA in Holistic Leadership), and two certificates of advanced graduate study (CAGS) in Counseling-Applications in the Expressive & Creative Arts from Salve Regina University and Mental Health. Dr. Brightman also possesses a Doctorate in Educational Administration & Leadership (EdD) from Seton Hall University. He is a certified clinical trauma professional, holds a certificate in Jungian Dream Translation from the Assisi Institute, and in presently enrolled in their two-year certificate program in archetypal pattern analysis.

 Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Brightman accepted a direct commission in the United States Navy Reserve. In addition to performing a variety of short-term and extended active duty orders, he has twice held command, serving as Commanding Officer, Navy Reserve, Naval Security Force, Naval Weapons Station Earle (New Jersey) and later as Commanding Officer Navy Reserve, Naval Security Force, Navy Submarine Base New London (Connecticut).

Dr. Heath “Hank” Brightman possesses a wide range of applied research acumen and practical experience working with the uniformed services—especially with combat veterans who are often susceptible to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He volunteers as a trauma counselor at a local area substance abuse facility, and facilitates a monthly support group for veterans with PTSD at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. Brightman is highly regarded for his knowledge of social science research methods, including behavioral decision-making and transpersonal approaches germane to working with combat veterans with PTSD. He is currently studying of the efficacy of Parnell’s modified protocol for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), along with Jungian, gestalt, and narrative approaches to resolving complex trauma.

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