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Brett Merrill

Clinical and Disability Counselor
Counseling Services
  • Academic Training

    • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2014
  • Internship

    • Counseling and Psychological Services, Brigham Young University, 2013-2014
  • Licensure/Certifications

    • Licensed Psychologist, State of Utah
    • American Board of Professional Psychology
    • Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT)
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Areas of Special Interest/Current Professional Activities

    • Individual, Couples, Group Psychotherapy
    • Internet Gaming Disorder
    • Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
    • Faith Crises and Faith Transitions
    • Psychological Assessment
    • Psychotherapy Supervision
  • Primary Theoretical Orientation

    • Integrative with Developmental Influences:
      • Humanistic
      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
      • Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Multicultural Interests

    • Religion/Spirituality
    • Asian/Asian American
    • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
    • Intersectionality
  • Previous Clinical Work Settings

    • College Counseling Center (4-6 yrs)
    • Community Mental Health Center (1-3 yrs)
    • Assessment/Testing (1-3 yrs)
    • Substance Abuse/Rehab (1-3 yrs)
    • Residential Treatment Center (1-3 yrs)
    • Case Manager (1-3 yrs)
  • Recent Scholarly Works

    • Coyne, S. M., Stockdale, L. A., Warburton, W., Gentile, D. A., Yang, C., & Merrill, B. M. (2020). Pathological Video Game Use from Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood: A Six-Year Longitudinal Study of Trajectories, Predictors, and Outcomes. Developmental Psychology,. 56 (7), 1385-1396. Doi: 10.1037/dev0000939
    • Merrill, B.M., Boardman, R.D., Griner, D., Kirchhoefer, J., Vogeler, H., Tass, S., Erekson, D., … Cox, J. (November, 2019). Fake News? The Impact of Presidential Elections on University Students Locally and Nationally. Poster presentation at the Utah University and College Counseling Centers Conference (UUCCCC). Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Merrill, B.M., Fox, S.T., Johnson, T., Top, D.N., Ghelfi, E.A., Simpson, D., Park, P., Sardoncillo, D., Erekson, D.M., Bailey, R.J., & Goates-Jones, M.K. (October, 2019). Therapy outcomes and suicidal risk of LGBT+ students at a large religiously conservative university. Paper presented at the conference of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists (AMCAP), Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Merrill, B. M., Garcia, D. J., Warren, J. S., & Hardy, S. A. (2015) Youth Motivation as a Predictor of Treatment Outcomes in a Community Mental Health System. Psychotherapy Research. 27. 1-12 Doi: 10.1080/10503307.2015.1090037