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:
- Computerized, Internet, and mobile phone treatments for anxiety and depression;
- The relationship of depression and anxiety to minority stress and related cognitions in gay men; and
- 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.
The Behavioral Intervention Technology Model: An integrated conceptual and technological framework for eHealth and mHealth Interventions
Mohr DC, Schueller SM, Montague E, Burns M, Rashidi P.
Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2014;16:e146
Do PTSD symptoms and course predict continued substance use for homeless individuals in contingency management for cocaine dependence?
Burns MN, Lehman KA, Milby JB, Wallace D, Schumacher JE.
Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2010; 48:588-598. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.03.010 [link]
Comorbid Anxiety Disorders and Treatment of Depression in People With Multiple Sclerosis
Burns MN, Siddique J, Fokuo JK, Mohr DC.
Rehabilitation Psychology. 2010; 55(3):255-262. doi: 10.1037/a0020492 [link]
Minority stress in same-sex male relationships: when does it impact relationship satisfaction?
Kamen C, Burns M, Beach SR.
J Homosex. 2011;58(10):1372-90. Epub 2011/10/28. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2011.614904.
PubMed PMID: 22029562. [link]
Harnessing context sensing to develop a mobile intervention for depression.
Burns MN, Begale M, Duffecy J, Gergle D, Karr CJ, Giangrande E, et al.
J Med Internet Res. 2011;13(3):e55. Epub 2011/08/16. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1838.
PubMed PMID: 21840837; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3222181. [link]
Effect of telephone-administered vs face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy on adherence to therapy and depression outcomes among primary care patients: a randomized trial.
Mohr DC, Ho J, Duffecy J, Reifler D, Sokol L, Burns MN, et al.
JAMA. 2012;307(21):2278-85. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.5588.
PubMed PMID: 22706833. [link]
Development of the brief inventory of perceived stress.
Lehman KA, Burns MN, Gagen EC, Mohr DC.
J Clin Psychol. 2012;68(6):631-44. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21843.
PubMed PMID: 22467381. [link]
Minority Stress and Attributions for Discriminatory Events Predict Social Anxiety in Gay Men.
Burns MN, Kamen C, Lehman KA, Beach SRH.
Cognitive Therapy and Research. 2012;36(1):25-35. doi: DOI 10.1007/s10608-010-9302-6. [link]
Attributions for Discriminatory Events and Satisfaction with Social Support in Gay Men.
Burns MN, Kamen C, Lehman KA, Beach SRH.
Archives of Sexual Behavior. 2012;41(3):659-71. doi: DOI 10.1007/s10508-011-9822-5. [link]
A randomized controlled trial evaluating a manualized telecoaching protocol for improving adherence to a web-based intervention for the treatment of depression.
Mohr DC, Duffecy J, Ho J, Kwasny M, Cai X, Burns MN, Begale M.
PLoS ONE 8(8): e70086. 2013. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070086. [link]
Behavioral Intervention Technologies: Evidence review and recommendations for future research in mental health.
Mohr DC, Burns MN, Schueller SM, Clarke G, Klinkman M.
General hospital psychiatry. 2013. [link]
Prospective examination of anxiety and depression before and during confirmed and pseudoexacerbations in patients with multiple sclerosis.
Burns MN, Nawacki E, Siddique J, Pelletier D, Mohr DC.
Psychosom Med. 2013;75(1):76-82. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182757b2b.
PubMed PMID: 23197840; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3538885. [link]
eHealth and Behavioral Intervention Technologies.
Burns MN, Mohr DC.
Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine: Springer; 2013. p. 659-64. [link]
Do positive or negative stressful events predict the development of new brain lesions in people with multiple sclerosis?
Burns MN, Nawacki E, Kwasny MJ, Pelletier D, Mohr DC.
Psychological medicine. 2014:Jan;44(2):349-59. doi: 10.1017/S0033291713000755.
PubMed PMID: 23680407. [link]
Initial design of culturally informed behavioral intervention technologies: developing an mHealth intervention for young sexual minority men with generalized anxiety disorder and major depression.
Burns MN, Montague E, & Mohr DC.
Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2013;15, e271. [link]