Since 1993, Laura R. Brooks has had a family therapy practice in Ellicott City, Maryland. Previously, she worked as a family therapist for various non-profit organizations. Since 1991, she has been affiliated with the Bowen Center and was appointed to the faculty in 2008. Her responsibilities include supervising and teaching in the Postgraduate and Online Training Programs as well as coordinating the Internship Program, Research Committee, and Clinical Conference Series. She serves on the editorial board of Family Systems journal as well as the Board of Directors. She has presented at local and national conferences in addition to various conferences and meetings at the Bowen Center. Her interests include adoptive families, family projection process, within-family variability, emotional cutoff, the family as an emotional unit and qualitative research from a family systems perspective.

Ms. Brooks graduated from the University of Iowa in 1980. Her postgraduate training started at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas for two years and continued at the Bowen Center from 1986 to 1991. Between 1990 and 1996, Ms. Brooks was an Associate Clinical Professor at The University of Maryland and the Catholic University Schools of Social Work. In this role, she supervised social work students in their internships at the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.