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Dr. Burns left her previous career as a software engineer to earn her Doctorate (2009) and Master of Science (2007) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Technology-Assisted Mental Health Intervention in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is currently a Research Assistant Professor.

Dr. Burns’ research has focused on the following areas:

  1. Computerized, Internet, and mobile phone treatments for anxiety and depression;
  2. The relationship of depression and anxiety to minority stress and related cognitions in gay men; and
  3. Co-occurring psychiatric disorders and outcomes of underserved populations in randomized controlled psychotherapy trials.

She is currently developing research that weaves each of these interests and her engineering experience together by creating a mobile phone application to deliver culturally tailored, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders to young sexual minority men. Dr. Burns is excited about the potential of technology to overcome barriers to psychotherapy and reach hidden, under served communities.