Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2008
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2003
  • B.A., Communications, Colorado Christian University, 1998

“To me, education is leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.” Muriel Spark

This quote exemplifies one of the core components of my teaching philosophy. I believe each student brings something unique to the learning environment. This uniqueness results from a combination of life experiences, relationships, personality, and worldview. My job as a teacher is to assist this person in more fully developing the capabilities with which she entered her clinical training and to recognize and accentuate the way those capabilities enhance the learning of those around her. Teaching is ultimately a balancing act. The core of this balancing act is creating an atmosphere of safety and challenge. In order to flourish and develop to the height of his abilities, a student must feel safe enough to access all parts of him, while also feeling challenged to reach and grow further. 

After completing my clinical and research training at Texas Tech University, I had the great pleasure to join the faculty of Saint Louis University where I trained Couple and Family Therapists and Medical Family Therapists for seven years before transitioning to teach at Regis University. I am a clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and served as the Ethics Chair for the Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I have specialized training as a Filial Therapist and Instructor. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I believe staying clinically active, both as a therapist and supervisor enhances my effectiveness as a trainer in my field. My practice focuses on work with adoptive families, infertility, and families encountering difficult life transition. Finally, I enjoy supervising professionals working toward their AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation.

Clinical Certifications and Expertise

Clinical Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado (LMFT) #MFT.0001197
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Clinical Fellow
  • Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFT), Committee Chair on Ethics and Legislative
  • National Council on Family Relations

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Interracial/Intercultural Families
  • Transracial Adoption
  • Effective Training in Ethics for Family Therapists

Recent Publications

Miller, B. J. and Mitchell, S. W. (2016). Children's Literature and Family Diversity. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies. 1–3. doi: 10.1002/9781119085621.wbefs159

Brimhall, AS, Miller, BJ,  Maxwell, KA, Alotaiby, AM (2016). Does it help or hinder? Technology and its role in healing post affair. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2016.1142408.

Scherrer, JF, Salas, J, Brieler, J, Miller, B, Meyer, D, Schneider, FD (2015).  Depression leads to incident vascular disease: evidence for the relevance to primary care. Family Practice, 32(2): 147-151. Doi:10.1093/fampra/cmu092

Miller, B.J.  (2014).  Creating space for dialogue: Discussing interracial relationships in a racialized world. [Review of the book Interracial couples, intimacy, and therapy: Crossing racial borders]. PsychCRITIQUES, 59, 19

Miller, B.J. (2014). A review of “Working with adoptive parents: Research, theory, and therapeutic interventions”, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy: Innovations in Clinical and Educational Interventions, 13:2, 171-172, DOI: 10.1080/15332691.2014.895267

Recent Presentations

Bosley, A., Ranck, A., Scarpella, K., & Miller, B. (2016, August) Increased recognition- For better or Worse?: Transgender individuals, couples, and families in the 21st century. Moderator and contributor to panel for the Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family, Denver, CO.

Heiden-Rootes, K., Miller, B.J. (2016). Promoting cultural attunement in multicultural families: A mediation model of parental cultural competence. American Family Therapy Academy, Denver, Colorado, June 24, 2016.

Heiden-Rootes, K., Miller, B.J., & Hughes, R. (2016). Addressing race in multicultural families and the role of parents. Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, April 9, 2016

Cates, J., Miller, B., Stratton, J., Huntington, J., King, M., Bowman, A. The relationship between MFT students’ knowledge and skills,  American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Annual Conference.  Austin, TX.  Platform presentation. September 5, 2015.

Scherrer J, Brieler J, Miller B, Meyer D, Schneider JD, Salas J. Major depression and risk of vascular disease: Relevance to primary care. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference. Orlando, FL: Platform. April 25-29, 2015.

Miller, B.J., & Pomerantz, A. (2014). Informed consent in the age of technology: An updated written question format. Presented in a “Global Paper Session” at the annual convention of the American Psychology Association, Washington, D.C.

Miller, B.J., Hooker-Jones, A., Gildenblatt, L., & Barenboim, H. (2014). Ethical practice in a digital age. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, St. Louis, MO.

Heiden-Rootes, K., & Miller, B.J.. (2013). Development of parental cultural competence in transracial adoptive parenting. Research symposium presented at the annual conference for the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX.

Maxwell, K., Alotaiby, A., Brimhall, A., & Miller, B. (2013). Does it help or hinder?: Technology and its role in healing post-affair. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Columbia, MO.

Pettinelli, D., Heiden-Rootes, K., Hooker-Jones, A., Rorer, A., Maxwell, K., Reddick, G., Miller, B. (2013). The impact of supervision training on the clinical development of MFT doctoral students. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Columbia, MO.

Chou, J., & Miller, B. (2012). Acculturation and international adoption: Becoming a family. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte, NC.

Miller, B., & Springer, P. (2012). Ethics in action: An integrative approach to teaching ethics. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte, NC.

Schwerdtfeger, K., Miller, B., Brimhall, A., Englblom-Deglmann, M., Wilson, G., & Osterland, L. (2012). Dealing with empty arms: Women and Infertility. Pre-conference institute presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte, NC.

Miller, B. (2012). Informed consent contracts: Ethics in day to day practice. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Springfield, MO.

Chou, J., Mirecki, R., & Miller, B. (2012). Exploring immigrant families’ attachment styles using a narrative lens. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Springfield, MO.

Chou, J., & Miller, B. (2012). Acculturation and international adoption: It’s all in the family. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the International Family Therapy Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Miller, B.J., Mirecki, R., & Diamond, J. (2011). The duty to warn: Therapist and supervisor perspectives. Workshop that was presented at the state conference of the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, St. Louis, MO.

Chou, J., & Miller, B.J. (2011). Acculturation and international adoption: A journey through cultures. Workshop that was presented at the state conference of the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, St. Louis, MO.

Awards and Recognition

Grant
  • Smith, C., Pettinelli, D., Brimhall, A., Miller, B. Early child mental health consultation and training. Contracted by Queen of Peace Center, St. Louis, MO. Contract Amount: $35,000, 2010

Recognition

  • 2016 Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Educator of the Year
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, St. John’s University Adoption Initiative, 2010

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession

  • Site Visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFT), 2009-present
  • Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy- Chair Committee on Ethics and Legislation, 2016-present
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer- Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2014-present
  • Ethics Chair, Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2012-2014

Service to Community

  • Pro bono mental health services, Give an Hour (to military members and their families)
  • Member of Mission Advisory Board, Emmaus Homes, 2014

Service to University and College

  • RHCHP HIPAA Committee, 2015-present
  • RHCHP Rank and Promotion, 2015-present
  • RHCHP Faculty Awards, 2015