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Kristina S. Brown

Professor and Chair of Couple and Family Therapy, Adler University

Dr. Brown is a Professor and core faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy Department serving as Chair since Fall 2015.

Dr. Brown has held leadership positions serving the field across four states (California, New York, Missouri, and Illinois) and was a member of the Elections Council for American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) from 2018-2021. She has been a Site Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) since 2013 and trained to be a Site Visit Chair in January 2016.

Dr. Brown has a strong history of over 50 regional, national, and international presentations including conferences with AAMFT, Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists (IAMFT), International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA), Qualitative Research in Mental Health, and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and has delivered over 80 units of continuing education.

Dr. Brown is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and Editor of the new AAMFT Systemic Ethics Textbook (anticipated release for fall 2023). She also serves as the Director of Mental Health Board Member for Floating Doctors and is a frequent donator as a quiltmaker to Project Linus!

Dr. Brown identifies as a feminist (social justice) qualitative researcher with a broad focus on the experiences of women across identities as represented in her publications. Her specific areas of interest are varied including approaches to qualitative research, the impact of COVID-19 on couples and families, sexual harassment (#metoo) in higher education, the experiences and treatment of endometriosis (medical family therapy), and infidelity. Other scholarly passion projects are exploring tattoos in academia and academics who swear!


  • 2015–present
    Professor of Couple and Family Therapy, Department Chair, Adler University