Brie A. Turns

Assistant Professor of Marital and Family TherapySchool of Psychology

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BS, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MS, Purdue University
PhD, Texas Tech University

Biographical Information

Brie A. Turns serves as assistant professor of marital and family therapy at the Fuller Southwest campus in Arizona. Her clinical and research specialization centers on families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She 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 conducted trainings for mental health professionals regarding the proper care and treatment of families with special needs, and she is currently coediting the first textbook that educates clinicians on the use of systemic models with families raising a child with ASD. 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.

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Couples therapy, family therapy, autism spectrum disorders, solution-focused brief therapy, medical family therapy


Peer Reviewed Articles:

Turns, B., Eddy, B. P., & Smock Jordan, S. (2016). Working with siblings of children with autism: A solution-focused approach. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 37(4), 558-571.

Smock Jordan, S., & Turns, B. (2016). Utilizing solution-focused brief therapy with families living with autism. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 27(3), 155-170.

Brockman, M., Hussain, K., Sanchez, B., & Turns, B. (2016). Managing child behavior problems in children with autism spectrum disorders: Utilizing structural and solution focused therapy with primary caregivers. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 44(1), 1-10.

Turns, B., & Macey, P. (2015). Cinema-narrative-therapy: Utilizing family films to externalizing children’s “problems.” Journal of Family Therapy. 37, 590-606. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12098.

Kellen, K., Schoenherr, A., Turns, B., Madhusudan, M., & Hecker, L. (2015). Ethical decision-making while using social networking sites: Potential ethical and clinical implications for marriage and family therapists. The American Journal of Family Therapy. 43(1). doi: 10.1080/01926187.2014.942203

Turns, B., Nalbone, D., Hertlein, K., & Wetchler, J. (2014). Perceptions of program enhancers and stressors by marriage and family therapy students and faculty. Contemporary Family Therapy (36). 507-517. doi: 10.1007/s10591-014-9313-7.

Turns, B., & Kimmes, J. (2014). “I’m NOT the problem!” Externalizing children’s “problems” using play therapy and developmental considerations. Contemporary Family Therapy, 36(1), 135-147. doi: 10.1007/s10591-013-9285-z

Turns, B., Morris, S., & Lentz, N. (2013). The self of the Christian therapist doing sex therapy: A model for training Christian sex therapists. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 28(3), 186-200. doi: 10.1080/14681994.2013.765557

Book Chapters:

Turns, B., Masterson, M., and Goff, B. N. (in press). Overview of developmental, intellectual, and other disabilities. In B. N. Goff & N. P. Springer (Eds.) Families and Disabilities: A Guide for Helping Professionals (pp. TBD). New York: Routledge.

Springer, N. P., Masterson, M., and Turns, B., (in press). Theoretical Perspectives and Models. In B. N. Goff & N. P. Springer (Eds.) Families and Disabilities: A Guide for Helping Professionals (pp. TBD). New York: Routledge.

Turns, B., & Eddy, B. P. (in press). The use of puppets to externalize a child’s “problem.” In A. A. Drewes & C. Schaefer (Eds.), Puppets in Play Therapy: A Practical Guidebook (pp. TBD). New York, NY: Routledge.

Soloski, K., Turns, B., Schleiden, C., & Macey, P. (2016, in press). Parentified child in family systems. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (pp.TBD). New York, NY: Springer Publishing

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