We welcome Brie Turns, assistant professor of marital and family therapy, who joined the School of Psychology faculty at the Fuller Southwest campus as of July 1, 2017. Dr. Turns, whose clinical and research specialization centers on families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is delighted to take on this role.
“I was drawn to educate at Fuller due to the unique opportunity of teaching future family therapists while integrating the Christian faith,” she said. “I feel so blessed to be able to work with world-renowned scholars and to be supported as a Christian educator, therapist, and author.”
Turns has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters focusing on individuals and families living with ASD, and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Turns has additionally conducted trainings for mental health professionals regarding the proper care and treatment of families with special needs. Turns is currently coediting the first textbook, Systematically Treating Autism: A Guide for Empowering Families (scheduled to be published in late 2018), that educates clinicians on the use of systemic models with families raising a child with ASD, including the application of systemic models while considering the strengths and challenges faced by families.
Her doctoral dissertation received funding from Texas Tech University and the Solution-Focused Brief Family Therapy Association. While earning her doctorate, Turns worked at a private practice, conducted medical family therapy for individuals with cancer, and was a member of the Crisis Team for the Lubbock Police Department.
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in Indiana and Texas, Turns is a pre-clinical fellow and an approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She was raised in a nondenominational Christian church and continues to stay involved in her church in Arizona.