Theodore Burnes, PhD

Associate Professor and Core Faculty
MA in Psychology


Director, LGBT Specialization and Director, LPCC Specialization
(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 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. Theo is a member of the American Psychological Association, and is on the executive board 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

Current Research Programs

  • 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




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


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

O’Shaughnessy, T., & Burnes, T. R. (in press). Experiences of early career women psychologists: A phenomenological investigation. The Counseling Psychologist.

Teramoto-Pedrotti, J., & Burnes, T. R. (in press). 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.

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


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

Burnes, T. R., Paul, P., & Rowan, S. (in press). 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.Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Richmond, K., Burnes, T. R., Singh, A. A., & Ferrera, M. (in press). 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. 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.

Human Sexuality (PSY 5470)
Community Psychology: Theories and Methods (PSY 5450A)
Clinical Practicum (PSY 6210)
Clinical Training Readiness (PSY 5000AA)
Research for Mental Health Professionals  (PSY5360D)
Field Study with LGBT Issues and Communities (PSY5120D)
Program Development & Evaluation (PSY5450E)
Child & Adolescent Development (PSY 5430C)
Social Justice & Advocacy  (PSY 545-0JJ-1)
Grantwriting for Non-Profits (PSY5450CC)
Clinical Issues and Interventions with Transgender Clients (PSY 5930QQ)
Career Development I: Theories (PSY 5060E)
Career Development II: Assessment, Application, and Intervention (PSY 5060F)