Dr. Tiffany Brown, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Director in the Couples and Family Therapy graduate program. Her main clinical and research focus is substance use, and more specifically collegiate recovery programs.
Brown’s current research investigates the effectiveness of collegiate recovery programs for supporting students. Brown received training in substance use and recovery through the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University. During this time, she trained with one of largest collegiate recovery programs (CRP) in the country. CRP's are campus support programs for substance use and recovery issues in the collegiate population. She is committed to providing advocacy for people in recovery in hopes to shift the social stigma attached to substance use issues, including the importance of discussing the racist and sexist history of the ‘war on drugs.’ Currently, Brown works with SAMHSA to support the development and sustainability of collegiate recovery programs via Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS). Brown’s clinical experience also includes self-harm education, prevention, and intervention, the family dynamics of substance use and recovery, grief and loss, and pediatric cancer. She worked in a pediatric hospital and employed the principles of medical family therapy with an interdisciplinary team working with families with a child cancer diagnosis. In addition, she regularly consults with schools and community programs regarding best practices for screening and intervening with individuals struggling with self-harming behaviors. Brown is a clinical fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an approved supervisor in the state of Oregon.
After a mass shooting in her hometown of Roseburg, Oregon in 2015, Brown joined a small statewide, multidisciplinary taskforce to provide crisis support for survivors and community members. She worked at the site of the shooting for several months to support students, faculty, and staff to navigate the intersection of surviving trauma and immediate coping.
Locally, Brown has served on several non-profit boards. Currently, she is the advisory board chair for Courageous Kids (grief support program for youth) and the treasurer for Carry it Forward (providing resources to unhoused community members). Brown previously served as the treasurer of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE).
Honors and Awards
2014 Early Career Teaching Award, College of Education, University of Oregon
2005-2008 Teaching Assistantship, Texas Tech University, 6 semesters
2005-2007 Research Assistantship, Texas Tech University, 3 semesters
2002 University of Oregon Peer Advisor of the Year
2001 - 2002 Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society
Brown, T. & Johnston, T. (2016, April). Ethical behavior, standards, and risk management in collegiate recovery. Association of Recovery in Higher Education national conference. Atlanta, GA.
Brown. T. (2015, June). Diversity, inclusion, and equity in the landscape of collegiate recovery programs. Association of Recovery in Higher Education national conference. Reno, NV.
Brown, T., Todahl, J., & Linville, D. (2014, October). Brief intervention for new parent couples: Research findings. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference. Milwaukee, WI.
Brown, T. & Kimball, T. (2014, June). Self-harm: How to integrate this process addiction into your collegiate recovery community. Association of Recovery in Higher Education national conference. Minneapolis, MN.
Shadley, M., Kimball, T., Brown, T., & Harris, K. (2013, October). Recovery in the college years: A family of friends. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference. Portland, OR.
Brown, T., Page, M., Todahl, J., Linville, D., & Armstrong, A. (2013, October). Healthy Nests intervention study: A qualitative follow up. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference. Portland, OR.
Brown, T. & Kimball, T. (2011, September). Cutting to live: A phenomenology of self-harm. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference. Fort Worth, TX.
- Self-harm and the intersection of family and school systems
- Collegiate recovery
- Family dynamics of substance use and recovery
- Collaborative healthcare and medical family therapy (i.e. pediatric oncology, grief)