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Theodore Burnes, PhD

Antioch University Los Angeles

Dr. Theodore Burnes (he/him/his) is a licensed psychologist (PSY 25544) and a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC600) in the state of California. His professional interests include the psychology of human sexual expression and sex-positivity; teaching and training pedagogy in mental health services; clinical supervision; social justice and advocacy; mental health and wellness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals; qualitative research epistemologies and ontologies. Dr. Burnes is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (in Divisions 17 and 44), and is an Associate Editor for the journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC). Dr. Burnes also maintains a private practice in which he sees a range of clients and also supervises pre-licensed professionals.

Educational History

PhD in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
MA in Counseling Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
MS Ed in Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania
BA in Psychology and Spanish, Bucknell University

  • resilience and wellness for individuals in the sex industry
  • participatory action research ontologies and epistemologies
  • qualitative research exploring wellness for mental health professionals across the professional lifespan (students, pre-licensure, early career professionals, etc.)
  • clinical supervision and training outcomes and process

EDITED BOOKS

Burnes, T. R., & Manese, J.E. (2018). Cases in multicultural supervision: Models, concepts and applications. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing. 

Burnes, T. R., & Stanley, J.S. (2017). Teaching LGBT Psychology: Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Burnes, T. R. & Christensen, N. P. (2020). Still wanting change, still working for justice: An introduction to the special issue on social justice training in health service psychology. Training & Education in Professional Psychology.

Bell, D. J., Burnes, T. R., Callahan, J. L., Crowley, S. L., Frierson, G. M., McCutcheon, S. R. (2019). Next steps for training and education in professional psychology: Advancing the science and expanding our reach. Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 13(1), 1-3. doi: 10.1037/tep0000230

Mollen, D., Burnes, T. R., Abbott, D., & Lee, S. (2018). Sexuality training in counseling psychology. Counselling psychology quarterly. doi:10.1080/09515070.2018.1553146

Burnes, T. R., Rojas, E. M., Delgado, I. C., & Watkins, T. E. (2018).“Wear some thick socks if you walk in my shoes:” Agency, resilience, and well-being in communities of North American sex workers. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 14(5), 1541-1550. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0915-z

Burnes, T. R., Singh, A. A., & Witherspoon, R. G. A. (2017). Sex positivity and counseling psychology: Introduction to the major contribution. The Counseling Psychologist, 45(4), 504-527. doi:10.1177/0011000017710216

Burnes, T. R., Singh, A. A., & Witherspoon, R. G. A. (2017). Sex-Positivity Training in Counseling Psychology: An exploratory analysis. The Counseling Psychologist, 45(4), 470-486.

O’Shaughnessy, T., & Burnes, T. R. (2016). Experiences of early career women psychologists: A phenomenological investigation. The Counseling Psychologist, 44(6), 786-814.doi: 10.1177/0011000016650264

Teramoto-Pedrotti, J., & Burnes, T. R. (2016). The new face of the field: The experiences of diverse early career professionals in the science and practice of professional psychology. Training & Education in Professional Psychology,10(3), 141-148. doi: 10.1037/tep0000120

Burnes, T. R., Dexter, M. D., Richmond, K., Singh, A. A., & Cherrington, A. (2016). The experiences of transgender survivors of trauma who undergo social and medical transition. Traumatology, 99, 1-10.

Burnes, T. R., & Singh, A. A. (2016). “Gay in the bank, queer on the street”: Intersections of class-based and LGBT identities. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 10(1), 55-71.

Burnes, T. R. (2014). Psychological services with consumers living with HIV: Changing contexts and intersecting, thematic understandings. National Register of Psychologists Report, 40, 34-38.

O’Shaughnessy, T., & Burnes, T. R. (2014). Conceptualizing a path to professional wellness for women early career psychologists. Women in Therapy, 37(1-2), 59-71. doi: 10.1080/02703149.2014.850335

Singh, A. A., Richmond, K., & Burnes, T. R.  (2013). Feminist participatory action research with transgender communities: Fostering the practice of ethical and empowering research designs. International Journal of Transgenderism, 14, 93-104.

Hamlet, H. S., & Burnes, T. R. (2013). Development of the Counseling Intern Developmental Assessment-School Counseling Form (CIDASC). Counseling Outcomes Research and Evaluation, 4(1), 55-71.

Burnes, T. R., Wood, J., Welikson, G., & Inman, J. (2013). An analysis of process variables in feminist group supervision. The Counseling Psychologist, 41(1). 86-109. doi:10.1177/0011000012442653

Falender, C. A., Burnes, T. R., & Ellis, M. V. (2013). Introduction to Major Contribution:  Multicultural Clinical Supervision and Benchmarks: Empirical Support Informing Practice and Supervisor Training. The Counseling Psychologist, 41(1), 8-27. doi:10.1177/0011000012438417

Falender, C. A., Ellis, M. V., & Burnes, T. R. (2013). Rejoinder:  Multicultural Clinical Supervision and Benchmarks: Empirical Support Informing Practice and Supervisor Training. The Counseling Psychologist, 140-151. doi:10.1177/0011000012464061

dickey, l. m., Burnes, T. R., & Singh, A. A. (2012). Sexual identity development of female-to-male transgender individuals: A grounded theory inquiry. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 6, 118-138.

Burnes, T. R., Peters-Long, S. L., & Schept, B. (2012). A Resilience-Based Lens of Sex Work: Implications for professional psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(2), 137-144.

Richmond, K., Burnes, T. R., & Carroll, K. (2011). Lost in trans-lation: Interpreting systems of trauma for transgender clients. Journal of Traumatology, 18(1), 45-57.

Singh, A. A., & Burnes, T. R. (2011). Feminist therapy and street-level activism: Revisiting our roots and “acting up” for a new tomorrow. Special Issue on 21st Century Feminism. Women & Therapy, 34:129–142. doi: 10.1080/02703149.2011.532457

Burnes, T. R., Singh, A. A. Harper, A. J., Harper, B., Maxon-Kann, W., Pickering, D. L., Moundas, S., Scofield, T., Roan, A., & Hosea, J. (2010). American Counseling Association competencies for counseling with transgender clients. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 4, 135-159. doi: 10.1080/15538605.2010.5248

Singh, A. A., & Burnes, T. R. (2010). Introduction to the special issue: Translating the Competencies for Counseling with Transgender Clients into counseling practice, research, and advocacy. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 3/4, 126-134.

Singh, A. A., & Burnes, T. R. (2010). Shifting the counselor role from gatekeeping to advocacy: Ten strategies for using the ACA Competencies for Counseling Transgender Clients for individual and social change. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 3/4, 241-255.

Burnes, T. R., & Singh, A. A. (2010). Integrating social justice into the practicum experience for psychologists: Starting earlier. Journal of Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 4(3), 153–162.

Burnes, T. R., & Ross, K. (2010). Applying Social Justice to Oppression and Marginalization in Group Process: Interventions and Strategies for Group Counselors. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35(2), 169-176.

Singh, A. A., & Burnes, T. R. (2009). Creating developmentally-appropriate, safe counseling environments for transgender youth: The critical role of school counselors. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 3(3), 315-334.

Moundas, S., Singh, A. A., Hosea, J., Pickering, D. V., Roan, A., & Burnes, T. R. (2009). Counseling transgender adults: Creating safe, empowering inside and outside our offices. Counseling Today, 61-63.

Burnes, T. R., & Manese, J. E. (2008). An analysis of social justice training in a predoctoral internship in professional psychology: Answering the call. Journal of Training & Education in Professional Psychology, 2(3), 176-181.

Israel, T., Gorcheva, R., Burnes, T. R., & Walther, W. A. (2008). Helpful and unhelpful therapy experiences of LGBT clients. Psychotherapy Research, 18(3), 294-305.

Burnes, T. R. (2007). Queering college writing: Writing students’ learning of LGB issues using the Internet as an instructional tool. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, 3(4), 75-88.

Burnes, T. R. (2002). Power reframe. In A. J. D’Angelo, S. D. Collingsworth, M. Esposito, G. Hermelin, R. Sanlo, L. A. Sausa, & S. L. Windmeyer (Eds.), Inspiration for LGBT Students and their allies (pp 1401-41).

BOOK CHAPTERS

Burnes, T. R. (in press). Three stars and a wish. In J. S. Whitman & C. Boyd (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for working with gender and sexual diverse clients.

Burnes, T. R. (in press). The Quadrant Exercise. In J. S. Whitman & C. Boyd (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for working with gender and sexual diverse clients.

Burnes, T. R., & Chang, T. K. (2018). Record keeping in clinical supervision: Cultural considerations and opportunities for advocacy. In T. R. Burnes & J. E. Manese (Eds.), Cases in multicultural supervision: New lenses, models, and applications.  San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Dawson, J., & Burnes, T. R. (2018). Sexuality and clinical supervision. In T. R. Burnes & J. E. Manese (Eds.), Cases in multicultural supervision: New lenses, models, and applications.  San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Burnes, T. R. 2018). Assessment & evaluation in supervision: Culture, competency, and benchmarks. In T. R. Burnes & J. E. Manese (Eds.), Cases in multicultural supervision: New lenses, models, and applications.  San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Burnes, T. R., & Smith, S. R. (2018). Queering personality assessment: Intersections between personality assessment, sexual orientation, and gender identity (pp. 92-103). In S.R. Smith and R. Krishnamurthy (Eds.), Diversity-Sensitive Personality Assessment.  New York: Routledge.

Burnes, T. R. (2017). Flying faster than the birds and the bees: Toward a sex-positive theory and practice in multicultural education. In R. K. Gordon, T. Akutsu, J. C. McDermott, & J. W. Lalas (Eds.), Challenges associated with cross-cultural and at-risk student engagement (pp. 171-189). Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing.

Burnes, T. R (2016). Working with transgender and gender non-conforming students. In H. S. Hamlet (Ed.), School counseling practicum and internship: 30 essential lessons (pp. 104-112).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Burnes, T. R (2016). Working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer students. In H. S. Hamlet (Ed.), School counseling practicum and internship: 30 essential lessons (pp. 96-103).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Burnes, T. R., Paul, P., & Rowan, S. (2016). Clinical supervision with TGNC clients in health service psychology. In A. A. Singh & l. m. dickey (Eds.), Psychological practice with transgender and gender nonconforming clients (pp. 175-190). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Richmond, K., Burnes, T. R., Singh, A. A., & Ferrera, M. (2016). Assessment and treatment of trauma with transgender and gender nonconforming clients: A feminist, strength-based, social justice approach. In A. A. Singh & l. m. dickey (Eds.), Psychological practice with transgender and gender non-conforming clients (pp. 191-212). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Hamlet, H. S. & Burnes, T. R. (2014). Transition to post-secondary education: Working with students with disabilities. In G. T. Eliason, T. Eliason, J. L. Samide, & J. Patrick (Eds.), Career counseling across the lifespan: Community, school, and higher education (pp. 729-757). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Burnes, T. R., & Chen, M. (2012). Multiple identities of transgender individuals: Incorporating a framework of intersectionality to gender crossing. In R. Josselson & M. Harway (Eds.), Navigating Multiple Identities: Race, gender, culture, nationality and roles (pp. 113-127). Oxford University Press.

Burnes, T. R., & Richmond, K. (2012). Counseling strategies with intersex clients: A process-based approach. In  S. H. Dworkin & M. Pope (Eds.), Casebook for counseling lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families (pp. 35-44). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Hamlet, H. S. & Burnes, T. R. (2011). Career development of special needs students and students with disabilities. In J. Samide, G. T. Eliason, & J. Patrick (Eds.), Career Development in Higher Education (pp. 301-326). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Burnes, T. R., & Ross, K. (2011). Applying social justice to oppression and marginalization in group process: Interventions and strategies for group counselors. In C. Salazar & A. A. Singh (Eds.), Social Justice in Group Work: Practical Interventions for Change (pp. 95-102). New York: Routledge.

2019: Outstanding Publication of the Year Award, Section on Supervision and Training, Division 17, American Psychological Association

2018: Awarded outstanding contribution to The Counseling Psychologist, Division 17, American Psychological Association

2018: Awarded status of Fellow, Division 44, American Psychological Association

2017: Awarded status of Fellow, Division 17, American Psychological Association

2016: Outstanding Counseling Supervisor, Division 17 Section on Supervision & Training, American Psychological Association

2014: Distinguished Contribution to LGBT Social Justice Advocacy, Division 17 Section on LGBT Issues, American Psychological Association

2010: Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling Service Award, American Counseling Association.

2006: Pegasus Award for Outstanding Public Service Announcement, Cox Cable, Santa Barbara, CA.

2004: Outstanding Independent Artist Award, Poetry.com

2003: Gregory D’Amico Award for Service and Outreach to the LGBTQ Community, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

2003: University Service Award, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

2003: Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

2000: Susan Hensinger Thomas Prize, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

2000: Outstanding Defender of Human Rights, Amnesty International.

Theodore Burnes

Director of Clinical Training,

Professor and Core Faculty,

Graduate Psychology Programs

CONTACT INFORMATION

Courses Taught

Graduate courses in MA Psychology Programs:

Human Sexuality (PSY 5470)
Feminist Theories of Psychology: Application in Clinical Practice (PSY 5290)
Theories of Personality II: Postmodern Theories of Therapy (PSY 5430)
Community Psychology: Theories and Methods (PSY 5450A)
Clinical Practicum (PSY 6210)
Clinical Training Readiness (PSY 5000AA)
Research for Mental Health Professionals  (PSY5360D)
Community Psychology: Theories and Methods (PSY5450A)
Child & Adolescent Development (PSY 5430C)
Program Development & Evaluation (PSY5450E)
Social Justice & Advocacy  (PSY 5450JJ-WRK)
Grantwriting for Non-Profits (PSY5450CC)
Career Development I: Theories (PSY 5060E)
Career Development II: Assessment, Application, and Intervention (PSY 5060F)

Undergraduate courses in Undergraduate Studies:

Sex-Positivity and Social Justice (PSY-SOC 4910)
Community Psychology (PSY 4032)

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