After earning a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Virginia Tech, Dr. Brothers was awarded a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health to further her education. She came to Texas, earned a master’s degree in psychology at Texas Tech, and became certified as a Texas Psychological Associate. For the next 10 years, she worked in clinical and administrative positions in public mental health, mostly in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas.
Returning to graduate school at the University of Houston, Dr. Brothers was awarded another NIMH fellowship and joined a research team led by Dr. Gordon Paul that examined clinical assessment and treatment of adult mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. She earned a master’s and a doctorate in clinical psychology, trained in the rigorous scientist-practitioner model of the UH APA-accredited psychology program. Her extensive doctoral clinical training included the Houston Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Harris County MHMR, Houston Child Guidance Center, Harris County Child Advocacy Center, University of Houston Psychology and Research Center, and Texas Children’s Hospital.
After her completing her doctorate, Dr. Brothers became licensed as a Texas psychologist and certified as a National Health Service Provider in Psychology. She worked in the Houston medical center until 2000, when she and her now-late husband, otolaryngologist Dr. Gustav Braun, relocated their practices to north Texas. Known then as Dr. Gail Brothers Braun, she established the first psychology practice in the rural community of Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County, with a secondary practice in the Fort Worth medical center. She maintained privileges at Palo Pinto General Hospital and worked closely with the medical community in Mineral Wells, providing care to patients with a broad range of ages and disorders until 2020, when she closed that office during the covid pandemic. Her Fort Worth practice has continued. She maintains a clinical practice in southwest Fort Worth and consulting practice with hospital staff affiliations at Texas Health Select Harris Fort Worth and Baylor Scott and White Fort Worth.
In addition to her substantial clinical experience, Dr. Brothers has taught, trained and supervised at several universities and clinical training sites, and she has been active in local, state and national psychology for years. Recently, she served as president of the Fort Worth Area Psychological Association and as member of the Texas Psychological Association’s board of trustees. She is currently on the board of the Texas Psychological Association’s Political Action Committee. She shares her home with her husband and three cats, enjoys trying out new vegan restaurants, and finds special joy in Fort Worth’s thriving theatrical, musical and visual art communities.
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