Theodore R. Burnes

  • Professor of Clinical Education

Research Concentration

  • Educational Psychology


PhD in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

MSEd, Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania

BA, Psychology, Spanish, Bucknell University


  • Psychotherapy practice with adolescents and their families • sex education • sex-positivity • program evaluation research methods • teaching pedagogy for mental health training • clinical supervision • Development of mental health workers across the professional lifespan • mental health work with queer and gender diverse (LGBTQ+) clients
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Theodore R. Burnes

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Dr. Burnes (he/him) is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of California. He has received numerous awards for teaching and training of therapists, and is passionate about creating learning environments for therapists-in-training that infuse a commitment to social justice, application of theory and research to practice, and a self-awareness of the person-as-therapist. He has been facilitating learning in graduate psychology, counseling, education, and mental health training programs (in both didactic and applied settings) since 2006. 

Dr. Burnes has been a practicing mental health worker since 2001 in a variety of community, school-based, organizational and mental health settings. In partnership with faculty work, he currently sees clients (adolescents, adults, relationship therapy, family therapy and group therapy) and supervises pre-licensed, post-degree professionals in private practice in Westwood, CA. He specializes in working with queer and gender diverse youth; sexuality, intimacy and relationship therapy; grief and loss; and normative life stressors for adolescents and adults. 

Awards and Grants

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

2018 Outstanding contribution to The Counseling Psychologist, 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. 

Courses Taught

Currently Teaching:

EDUC 507: Professional Identity, Laws and Ethics for Counselors

EDUC 635: Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

EDUC 636: Perspectives on Human Sexuality

EDUC 644: Practicum I

EDUC 645A/645B: Practicum II/Practicum III

Courses Taught in the Past: 

EDUC 646: Capstone in Marriage & Family Therapy

EDUC 541: Theories of Counseling

EDUC 508: Dismantling Systems of Inequity in Professional Practice

EDUC 637: Group Counseling: Theory and Process



Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Dr. Burnes is an active scholar and citizen in mental health organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 17 and 44). Dr. Burnes is also a member of several other state, national, and international organizations dedicated to advancing understanding of mental health for queer, gender diverse, and LGBTQ+ mental well-being. 


Dr. Burnes' research program includes empirically-supported models of training therapists in sexuality-focused practice; the experiences of queer and gender diverse clients who use mental health therapists; development and validation of training models for mental health workers. Dr. Burnes uses both qualitative and mixed methods in his research program. 


Dr. Burnes has consulted on both contracts and grants related to program evaluation of mental health services and mental health programs throughout the state of California. Many of these grants and contracts are for a variety of non-profit and government agencies. 


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of California (PSY25544)

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, State of California (LPCC0600)