Theodore Burnes, PhD

Associate Professor and Core Faculty
MA in Psychology


Coordinator, Master of Arts in Psychology, Individual Concentration (MPIC)
(310) 578-1080 ext. 348

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

Dr. Theodore Burnes is a licensed psychologist (PSY 25544) and a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC600) in the state of California. His professional interests include teaching and training in mental health services; clinical supervision; social justice and advocacy; the psychology of sexual expression and sex-positivity; mental health and wellness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals; and qualitative research epistemologies and ontologies. Theo is a member of the American Psychological Association, and is a site visitor for the APA and for the Master’s in Counseling Accreditation Council (MCAC).


2014: Significant Contribution to Social Justice and Advocacy with LGBT Individuals, Division 17, American Psychological Association

  • 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

Hamlet, H. S. & Burnes, T. R. (in press). 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. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

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. 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, 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. (2012). Lost in trans-lation: Interpreting systems of trauma for transgender clients. Journal of Traumatology, 18(1), 45-57.

Clinical Practicum (PSY 621)
Clinical Training Readiness (PSY 500AA)
Research for Mental Health Professionals  (PSY536D)
Community Psychology: Theories and Methods (PSY 545A)
Social Justice & Advocacy  (PSY 545-JJ-1)
Grantwriting for Non-Profits
Clinical Issues and Interventions with Transgender Clients (PSY 593QQ)
Career Development