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1st Year Psychology Resident
Cheryl Burns is a first year postdoctoral resident at Northshore Neurosciences. Originally a Pittsburgh native, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from La Roche University, her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University, and graduated from Fielding Graduate University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a neuropsychology concentration. During her doctoral education, she completed clinical training through UPMC in pediatric neuropsychology and forensic assessment, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital in dual disorders, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) in dementia care. She completed her doctoral residency training through the Erie Psychological Consortium, APA accredited, with specialized training at Encompass Health of Erie, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, and Northshore Neurosciences. She was also employed during her doctoral education as a Research Principal at UPMC, conducting assessments through several grant-funded studies on cognitive outcomes of neonatal withdrawal and long-term neurocognitive outcomes of acute respiratory failure in early childhood, of which she has been published in JAMA as a co-author. Additionally, she has worked in the counseling field for over 20 years, providing treatment in addiction and recovery, trauma, and marital therapy.
In her postdoctoral residency, Dr. Burns is focusing on acquiring additional training in neuropsychological assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapeutic treatment, particularly with adults and geriatric individuals who are experiencing cognitive changes related to dementia and other neurological conditions. She also desires to gain specialized training in forensic assessment, completing ACT 120 & ACT 235 examinations. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and the International Neuropsychological Society.
Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 2022
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Concentration
Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 2015
M.A., Clinical Psychology
Chatham University, Pittsburgh,
M.S., Counseling Psychology
La Roche College, Pittsburgh 2000
Professional Affiliations, Designations:
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
International Neuropsychological Society
American Psychological Association
2020- 2022 Northshore Psychological Associates
2019-2020 Erie Psychology Consortium
2011-2022 North Way Christian Counseling Center Wexford, PA
2014 - 2020 UPMC, Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Clinical Neuropsychology Pittsburgh.
2017-2018, University of Pittsburgh – Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2012-2013 and 2016 UPMC – Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA
2013 - 2014 UPMC, Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Clinical Neuropsychology Pittsburgh.
2016-2022 Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA
Dissertation: Body Image and Relational Satisfaction Among Same-Sex Couples
2012-2017 Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA Research Practica
2014 - 2017 Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Pittsburgh PA
Schermer, T. & Burns, C. (in progress). Body Image and Relational Satisfaction Before and After Marriage: A Q-Study. [Data Analysis]
Watson, R.S., Beers, S.R., Asaro, L.A., Burns, C.,Koh, M.J., Perry, M.A., Angus, D.C.,Wypij, D., & Curley, M.A.Q. (2022). Association of acute respiratory failure in early childhood with long-term neurocognitive outcomes. JAMA 327(9), 836-845. https//:doi:10.1001/jama.2022.1480.
Fink, E.L., Beers, S.R., Houtrow, A.J., Richichi, R., Burns, C., Doughty, L., Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Madurski, C.A., Valenta, C., Chrisman, M., Golightly, L., Kiger, M., Patrick, C., Treble-Barna, A., Pollon, D., Smith, C.M., Kochanek, P. (2019). Early protocolized versus usual care rehabilitation for pediatric neurocritical care patients: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 20(6), 540-550.
Pasek, T.A., Burns, C., Treble-Barna, A., Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Kochanek, P.M., Houtrow, A.J., Beers, S.R., & Fink, E.L. (2019). Important outcomes for parents of critically ill children. Critical Care Nurse, 39(3), 74-79.
Curley, M.A.Q., Watson, R.W., Cassidy, A.M., Burns, C., Delinger, R.L., Angus, D.C., Asaro, L.A., Wypij, D., Beers, S.R. (2018). Design and rationale of the “Sedation strategy and cognitive outcome after critical illness in early childhood” study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 72, 8-15.
Burns, C. (2021, January). Personality Inventories: Who are the New Players?. Erie Psychological Consortium, Erie PA.
Badaly, D., Burns, C., Ceschin, R., Lee, V.K., Sulaiman, S., Zahner, A., Gruss, M., Beers, S.R., Lo, C.W., Panigrahy, A. (2019, February). Cerebellar and Prefrontal Structures Associated with Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents with Congenital Heart Defects. International Neuropsychological Society Conference, New York, NY.
Madurski, C., Beers, S.R., Houtrow, A.J., Smith, C., Doughty, L., Feldman, K., Richichi, R., Burns, C., Rubin, P., Zhou, A., Benken, L., Krallman, K., Stanger, M., Orringer, M., Ortiz-Aguayo, R., Valenta, C., Pollon, D., Kochanek, P.M., Fink, E.L. (2019, February). Serum Biomarker Relationships with Functional Impairment Following Acute Pediatric Brain Injury. Society for Critical Care Medicine Critical Care Congress, San Diego, CA.
Schermer, T.W., & Burns, C. (2014, November). Body Image and Satisfaction Before and After Marriage: Implications for Counseling. Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, State College, PA.
Burns, C. & Enciso, S. (2010, October). The Struggles of Non-Traditional Counseling Students: Predictors of Coping with Stress. Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, State College, PA.
Burns, C. (2016, January). Cultural Sensitivity in Neuropsychological Assessment. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Clinical Neuropsychology, Pittsburgh, PA.
Burns, C. (2013, April). What Messages are You Sending? Getting lost in Countertransference and Compassion Fatigue. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA.