Tom J. Brian, Ed.D.

Thomas Brian

Director of Counseling & Psychological ServicesAdjunct Associate Professor of PsychologyClinical Practicum CoordinatorAlexander Health Center 

Dr. Brian is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, which offers a broad range of professional, educational, and clinical services to all University of Tulsa students, faculty, and staff.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Doctor of Education, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College,
    Psychology & Human Development, combined
    counseling/clinical program.
  • 1983 Doctor of Education, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, Depart of Psychology and Human Development (Combined Counseling and Clinical program), Nashville, Tennessee. Advisor: Raymond Winbush, Ph.D.
  • 1975 Master of Arts, Counseling (psychology & mental health) Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.
  • 1973 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, David Lipscomb College, Nashville, Tennessee.

Areas of Research Focus

  • Research in graduate school on treatment outcome evaluation for substance abuse and psychotherapy, including reference to potential harm.
  • Doctoral dissertation comparing psychological treatments for substance use disorders with attention to developmental maturity measures.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Clinical Psychopharmacology, Oklahoma State University
  • Health Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • Educational Psychology, Southern Illinois University

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Resident Internship in Psychology: Indiana University Health
    Services Center
  • Substance use/abuse specialist, adjunct professor of applied behavioral studies, Oklahoma State University
  • Staff Psychologist, University of Illinois Health Sciences
  • Staff Psychologist, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, substance use specialist, sports consultant, University of Notre Dame
  • Biostatistician, Center for Health Statistics, Tennessee Department of Public Health

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Divisions 17, 12 (Section 8), 20, 29, 38, 50
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
  • Oklahoma Psychological Association

Courses Taught at TU

  • Clinical Practicum (Psy 7451-6 )

Awards & Recognition

  • Board Member, Current Vice Chair, Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 2004 to present
  • Board of Directors of Oklahoma Psychological Association, 1998
  • Elected Officer (President) of Health Service Provider Division of Oklahoma Psychological Association, 1998
  • Vice-chair, Northeastern Oklahoma Psychology Internship consortium, 1997


  • Rosenberg, H. & Brian, T. (1984, November). Cognitive behavior therapy for multiple DUI offenders. Presented at the convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Philadelphia, PA.

  • Bradley, L., & Brian, T. & D'Andrea, M. (1984, March). Developmental assessment: Applications to counseling and psychotherapy. Presented at the meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development, Houston, TX. Selected as outstanding convention presentation.

  • Brian, T. & Maaske, J. (1983, February). Developmental theory and assessment: Implications for interventions with university students. Presented at the meeting of the Big Ten Counseling Center Conference. Urbana-Champaign, IL. Bradley, L., & Brian, T. & Baxter, J. (1983, March).

  • Brian, T. (1998, May). Emotional and intellectual IQ: How can we use this information for better results? Presented at the Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference, Tulsa, OK. Brian, T. (l997, August).

  • Brian, T, (June, 2004). Ethical issues in the treatment of substance use disorders. Paper presented at The Northeastern Oklahoma Psychology Internship Program’s Annual Conference at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

  • Brian, T. (1999, August). Evaluating treatment outcome in clinical practice. Invited presentation at Health Service Psychology Division Conference of The Oklahoma Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Brian, T. & Mojtabai, R. (l994, April). Problems and concerns of college freshmen. Paper read at Southwestern Psychological Association, Tulsa, OK.

  • Brian, T. (1995, February). Psychological counseling and optimal student development. Invited presentation at Francis Marion University Lecture Series, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC

  • Brian, T. (1991, March). The College Adjustment Scale: Appropriateness of method, design, and validity for use in applied settings. Part of a symposium on assessment in counseling centers presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

  • Brian, T. (2000, November). What good are psychologists? Promoting substantial advantages of psychological services. Presented at the Oklahoma Psychological Association Convention, Tulsa, OK.