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Tina Timm - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Tina Timm

Associate Professor | Michigan State University


An expert in relationship and sexual satisfaction, sexual trauma, marriage and family dynamics and sexuality across the lifespan


An expert in relationship and sexual satisfaction, sexual trauma and sexuality across the lifespan. Timm, a marriage and family therapist and a clinical social worker, also can discuss couple and family therapy, adult attachment and feminist family therapy/women’s issues.

Areas of Expertise (4)


Sexual Satisfaction

Sexual Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Education (3)

Purdue University: Ph.D., Child Development and Family Studies 1999

Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy

University of Michigan: M.S.W., Social Work 1992

Specialization: Interpersonal Practice

University of Michigan: B.A., Psychology 1991

Affiliations (2)

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Member

Journal Articles (3)

Sexual Attraction in Conjoint Couple Therapy

Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo‐A Guide for Training and Practice

Steven M Harris, Tina M Timm

2014 This chapter focuses on feelings of sexual attraction that occur when the treatment modality is conjoint couple therapy, where the unit of treatment is a couple. Many clinical training programmes do not require training in conjoint therapy specifically. In cases of denial and avoidance of sexual attraction of therapists, it would be wise for the supervisors of these therapists to encourage some self‐exploration...

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Experiences delivering a marital intervention for couples with children with autism spectrum disorder

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Julie L Ramisch, Tina M Timm, Robert M Hock, Jessica A Topor

2013 Previous researchers have indicated that parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are vulnerable to relationship stress, lower marital satisfaction, and potential relationship dissolution. We describe the experiences of three couples who participated in a 10-week, in-home couples therapy intervention using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Each couple and their progress through the intervention are described using therapist and supervisor reflections, and qualitative evaluation interviews with the participants after termination...

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Sexual debut of young black women who have sex with women: Implications for STI/HIV risk

Youth & Society

Tina M Timm, Sarah J Reed, Robin Lin Miller, Maria T Valenti

2013 Young Black women continue to be at high risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, little is known about the risks specifically to young Black women who primarily have sex with women (YWSW). As part of a larger sexual health project, in-depth qualitative interviews were completed with 14 Black women ages 16-24, who identified as lesbian...

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