Harvey Burnett

Harvey Burnett

Harvey Burnett

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

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


PhD Counseling Psychology, Andrews University (2001)
M.Div, Andrews SDA Theological Seminary (1994)
BA 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 an Associate 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 received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University and a Master of Divinity from Andrews University Theological Seminary, and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 
Dr. Burnett is the past president of the Michigan Crisis Response Association.  Presently, he serves as the clinical director and board member of the Berrien County Critical incident Stress Management (CISM) team that 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 the past 22 years, and presently is a police sergeant, 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 the past 18 years, Dr. Burnett continues to serve as an elected trustee on the Buchanan Community Schools Board of Education and is currently the board President. 
Dr. Burnett operates a part-time private practice and is the proud father of three children.

Special Activities:
     Michigan Crisis Response Association, Inc. Board Member, MI
     Berrien County Crisis Negotiation Team Member, County of Berrien, MI
     Berrien County Critical Incident Stress Management Debriefing Team Clinical Director and                                       
     Board Member, County of Berrien, MI
     Buchanan School Board Trustee, Buchanan area Community Schools District, Buchanan, MI

Professional Memberships (Past and Present
     American Psychological Association
     International Association of Trauma Professionals    
International Conference of Police Chaplains
     International Critical Incident Stress Foundation    
     National Tactical Officers Association

Current Research or Professional Activities

Primary Research Interests:  

Dr. Burnett’s research interests include: trauma and stress related disorders, resilience, disaster behavioral health and crisis intervention response (including Critical Incident Stress Management), and substance use and abuse.  He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented on various psycho-educational topics which have included: emotionally intelligent parenting, child discipline strategies, coping with loss, domestic violence, substance use and abuse, crisis response and emergency planning, family and relationship issues, suicide prevention, critical incident stress, and 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.