Harvey Burnett

Harvey Burnett

Harvey Burnett

Title: Chair, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology

Office Location: Buller Hall 224
E-mail: harveyb@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-6881


  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Andrews University (2001)
  • M.Div, Andrews SDA Theological Seminary (1994)
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Michigan-Dearborn (1991)


Harvey J. Burnett, Jr., Ph.D. is a fully licensed psychologist in the State of Michigan and is currently a Professor of Psychology and the Chair of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Andrews University. Dr. Burnett was also a staff psychologist at the Andrews University Counseling & Testing Center for over six years where he coordinated the Center’s Substance Abuse and Campus Outreach programs.

Dr. Burnett is the past president of the Michigan Crisis Response Association and e serves as the clinical director and board member of the Berrien County Critical incident Stress Management (CISM) which he has been part of for over 15 years. He was also involved in providing CISM interventions to victims of the World Trade Center attacks after September 11th and the Adventist University in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

In addition, he has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, and is the Chief of Police for the Buchanan Police Department, assistant emergency management coordinator, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)/school liaison officer, team member of the Berrien County Crisis Negotiation Team, and coordinates the Community Policing and Behavioral Science section with the Buchanan Police Department. For 18 years, Dr. Burnett served as an elected trustee on the Buchanan Community Schools Board of Education and was the board President.

Dr. Burnett operates a part-time private practice and is the proud father of three children, and grandfather to two.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Primary Research Interests

Trauma and stress related disorders, resilience, disaster behavioral health, crisis intervention response, critical incident stress management, substance use and abuse, emergency planning, stress management for law enforcement.

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • Burnett, H. (2009). Responding to crisis in the Adventist Educational Environment: A CISM Perspective. Journal of Adventist Education, October/November, 34-39.
  • McGarrell, F., & Burnett, H. (2011). The day Bruce threw a chair: Perspectives on classroom management and discipline. Journal of Adventist Education, February/March, 31-37.
  • Burnett, H., & Helm, H. (2012). "Relationships between PTSD, Resilience, and Religious Orientation and Practices among University Student Earthquake Survivors in Haiti." International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. July 31, 2012.


  • "Understanding Critical Incident Stress Management" at the 2012 Michigan Citizen Corps Conference in Traverse City, MI on December 6, 2012.
  • Burnett, H., & White, C. (2011). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Resilience amoung 2010 Haiti Earthquake victims. Poster presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Miswestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. (Poster)
  • "Understanding Critical Incident Stress Management" at the 2012 Michigan Citizen Corps Conference in Traverse City, MI on December 6, 2012.