Kristina S. Brown, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

Kristina S. Brown, Ph.D., LMFT
Chair, Couple and Family Therapy Department
Professor, Couple and Family Therapy Department

Dr. Brown specializes clinically in couples and families, LGBTQ couples and families, medical family therapy (specifically endometriosis and chronic illness in general), infidelity and divorce. Her research areas of interest include #metoo, women’s health (including endometriosis), suicide, infidelity, women/gender issues, body modification, and families with children with special needs.

Please email or call me (312.662.4312) if you have questions or would like more information about me about the Couple and Family Therapy programs.


  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University
  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of San Diego
  • B.A., English, Minor in Women’s Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional and Scholarly Positions of Note

  • Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • Licensed Marital & Family Therapist (LMFT), MO
  • Member, AAMFT Elections Council (2018-2021)
  • Editor, AAMFT Textbook on Systemic Ethics (Alexandria, Virginia: AAMFT)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, Special Issue: Women’s Health (Taylor & Francis)
  • Commission on Accreditation for MFT Education (COAMFTE) Site Visit Chair and Site Visitor
  • British Columbia’s Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) Secretariat, Expert Reviewer

Select Publications

  • Brown, K.S., Londergan, K., & Bluvshtein, M. (2020). And they lived happily ever after: An intimate closeness of Systems and Adlerian Theories in the case of a transgender couple. The Journal of Individual Psychology
  • Brown, K.S. (2019). #metoo: Sexual harassment within Psychology, Social Work, and Marriage/Couple and Family Therapy training programs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 31(4): 195-210. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2019.1676958
  • Torres Bernal, A., Le, K., West, A. M., & Brown, K.S. (2017). An examination of rates, rank, advancement, and salary of women faculty in COAMFTE-accredited training programs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 29(1-2): 88-101. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2016.1268449
  • Harvey, R., Brown, K.S., Miller, B., Williams-Reade, J., Tyndall, L. & Murphy, M. (2016) Theory into research practice: Reflections and recommendations on collaborative feminist research. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 28 (4): 136-158. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2016.1235410
  • Brown, K.S. (2016). An ode to my uterus. Families, Systems, & Health, 34 (2): 176. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000205
  • Upton, M., Carwile, T., & Brown, K.S. (2016). In their own words: A qualitative exploration of last statements of capital punishment inmates in the state of Missouri, 1995 – 2011. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 0(0): 1-19. doi: 10.1177/0030222816652972

Select Presentations

  • Brown, K.S. & Iverson, L. (2020, April). Using BDSM for Pain Management of a Pain Disorder: A Clinical Case Report of Endometriosis. Presentation at the Society for Sex Therapy and Research 2020 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
  • Brown, K.S. (2020, March). Providing Mental Health Consultations as a Volunteer with Floating Doctors in Panama. Presentation at the International Family Therapy Association 2020 Conference in Basel, Switzerland.
  • Brown, K.S. (2019, April). Creativity with Couples and Families: Using Music in Therapy. Presentation at the Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists 2019 Annual Conference, Naperville, IL.
  • Brown, K.S. (2018, November) #metoophd: Too Close for Comfort as part of the symposium presentation, The #Metoo Movement: Implications for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Harassment, with Baptist, J., Hust, S., Murphy, M., & Rodgers, K. at National Council for Family Relations, San Diego, CA.
  • Brown, K.S. (2018, September). Dyspareunia Due to Endometriosis: A Qualitative Study of its Effect on the Couple Relationship. Presentation at Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  • Brown, K.S., Harvey, R., Miller, B, & Williams-Reade, J. (2018, September). Reflections and Recommendations on Collaborative Feminist Qualitative Research. Presentation at Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  • Jimenez, M., Chow, T., & Brown, K.S. (2017, October). Cross-Departmental Collaboration Among Chairs: Interprofessionalism in the Curriculum. Presentation at the Leadership in Higher Education Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Brown, K.S. (2017, July). The Utilization of the Consensus Rorschach with Couples. Oral communication at the Congress of the International Society of Rorschach and Projective Methods, Paris, France.
  • Petinelli, D. & Brown, K.S. (2015, April). Understanding Self of the Therapist as the Cornerstone of the Therapeutic Process. Presentation at the Missouri Association of Marriage
    and Family Therapy 2015 Annual Conference, Warrensburg, MO.
  • Carwile, T., Upton, M., & Brown, K.S. (2015, April). Death and Dying: Where Missouri Inmates Stand at Execution. Mental Health in Corrections Conference: Leadership Solutions in a Time of Change, Springfield, MO.


  • Recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award for Education from the Missouri Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (MOAMFT), 2014
  • Recipient of the President’s Award from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, 2014
  • Recipient of the Family Process New Writer’s Fellowship, 2014 
  • Springfield Business Journal’s Class of 2013, 40 Under 40, 2013