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 for many years. Since she was appointed to the faculty of the Bowen Center in 2008, her responsibilities have included supervising and teaching in the Postgraduate and Online Introduction to Bowen Theory Programs, coordinating the Internship Program and Research Committee, serving 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 programs at the Bowen Center. Her interests include adoptive families, family projection process, within-family variability, emotional cutoff, and 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.