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Brie A. Turns

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Current Research

What’s Working?: Identifying Parents’ Strengths While Raising a Child with Autism; Transparency in Supervision; Identifying Parent’s Experiences of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy While Raising Children with Autism


Brie A. Turns serves as assistant professor of marriage and family therapy at the Fuller Arizona campus. 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 she 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 recently coedited Systemically Treating Autism: A Clinicians Guide for Empowering Families, 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. It won the 2018 Dissertation of the Year Award from the AAMFT Foundation. 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, Texas, and Arizona, 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.

Download Dr. Turns’s  CV, which includes a list of her current publications, here.