Faculty: Jennifer Burns, PsyD, RCPF

Jennifer Burns, PsyD

Jennifer Burns, PsyD, RCPF

Adjunct Faculty, BS in Psychology and Human Services

Adjunct Faculty, MA in Organizational Psychology

Adjunct Faculty, MA/CAGS School Psychology

Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
PsyD Leadership Psychology
Neuroscience of Leadership Area of Emphasis
William James College
MA Community Social Psychology University of Massachusetts–Lowell
BLA Psychology, Legal Studies University of Massachusetts–Lowell


  • BSH311 - Leadership and Management in Human Service Organizations
  • BSMA308 - Intermediate Statistics for Social Science
  • PA550 - Organizational Assessment: Qualitative and Quantitative
  • RS526 - Statistics
  • RS555 - Research and Evaluation Method

Research and Practice Interests

  • Hope
  • Self-compassion
  • Stress
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Trauma Informed Systems
  • Teams and Groups
  • Substance Use and Co-morbidity
  • Positive Psychology
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Trainer
  • CCAR Recovery Coach Academy
  • CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches
  • Correctional Counseling Moral Recognition Therapy
  • Self- Esteem Boston Curriculum
  • SAMSHA GAINS Center “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice Responses”
  • Advanced Practitioner Hope Action Theory
  • Practitioner Fearless Organization Scan


  • Community Leadership, 2014 University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Unsung Heroine, 2017 Massachusetts Commission of Woman

Publications and Presentations

  • Kunzendorf, R., Flynn, H., Shedlack, J., Georges, M., Deno, S., Rosa, N., Burns, J. (2010). Depression, unlike Normal Sadness, is Associated with a 'Flatter' Self-perception and a 'Flatter' Phenomenal World. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 30((4)) 447-461.
  • Burns, J, A. (2022). Exploring the Relationship of Hope Action Theory, Perceived Stress and Self-Compassion using a Neuroscience Perspective. Doctoral Dissertation. ProQuest
  • Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project (MVPASAP) Community Presentations
  • Substance Use and the Effects in the Community
  • Substance Use and Mental Health
  • Substance Use in the Workplace
  • The Addicted Brain
  • Opiate Overdose Prevention
  • Substance Use and the Effects on the Family
  • Section 35 and Treatment Options
  • Ethics, Boundaries, and CRF, 42
  • Group Facilitator Skills
  • Practicing Mindfulness

Concurrent Leadership, Service and Professional Activities

  • Consultant for Lawrence Police Department on Equitable Approaches to Public Safety
  • Consultant and Grant Writer for Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project (MVPASAP)
  • Consultant for New View Addiction Rehabilitation and Educational Center

Prior Experience

  • Methuen Police Department, Methuen MA
  • Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative Beverly MA
  • Program Director of Spectrum New Beginnings Peer Recovery Center, Lawrence MA

Professional Affiliations

  • Americal Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
  • Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (MBSACC)
  • SAMSHA Gains Center