Harvey Burnett

Harvey Burnett

Harvey Burnett

Title: Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences

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


PhD Counseling Psychology, Andrews University
M.Div, Andrews SDA Theological Seminary
BA Psychology,  University of Michigan


Harvey Burnett is an associate professor of psychology on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.  He joined the Department of Behavioral Sciences faculty in January 2010 and became the chair on July 1, 2015 he became Chair of the department.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Burnett graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1991, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  In 1994, he received a Master’s of Divinity degree from Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Burnett earned his doctoral degree in 2001 from Andrews University, the title of his dissertation being: “A Study of the Relationship between Police Stress and Moral Reasoning, Coping Mechanisms, and Selected Demographic Variables.”

Dr. Burnett is a licensed psychologist and certified police officer in the State of Michigan and is currently vice president of the Michigan Crisis Response Association, Inc.  He also is a member of the Berrien County Critical Incident Stress Management Board and Team and the Berrien County Crisis Negotiation Team.  Dr. Burnett responded to New York City shortly after the 9-11 attacks and has participated in numerous critical incident stress interventions. 

Some of the organizations that Dr. Burnett has had membership with include the American Psychological Association, International Conference of Police Chaplains, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc., and the National Tactical Officers Association.

He is the father to Joshua, Micaela, and Rebekah Burnett. 

Special Activities:
     Michigan Crisis Response Association Board Member, MI
     Berrien County Negotiation Team Member, County of Berrien, MI
     Berrien County Child Death Review Team Member, County of Berrien, MI
     Berrien County Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team Board Member, County of Berrien, MI
     Buchanan School Board Trustee, Buchanan area Schools Dist, Buchanan
     Redbud Area Ministries Liaison Officer, Buchanan, MI

Professional Memberships:  Memberships & Leadership
     American Psychological Association
     International Conference of Police Chaplains
     Vice President, Michigan Crisis Response Association
     National Tactical Officers Association

Current Research or Professional Activities

Primary Research Interests:  

Critical Incident Stress Management; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Stress, stress management, and disease; Police stress and prevention; Suicidology; Dream analysis and interpretation; Substance abuse prevention and education; emergency management and disaster preparedness; police psychology; emotional intelligence; and multicultural issues in psychotherapy, especially for African American and Native American populations.

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.


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.