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Scott Burrus, PhD

Scott W. M. Burrus was involved in program evaluation, applied social policy research, and program development and consultation for over 17 years. He has worked in higher education for over 8 years as a research faculty and executive administrator. His experience includes program evaluation and research design, data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Dr. Burrus’ primary interests lie in the areas of online education, juvenile substance use prevention and child welfare policy. Dr. Burrus has managed multi-site projects focused on understanding how the judicial, child welfare, and treatment systems serve families involved with child welfare due to parental substance abuse. He managed the first large multi-site evaluation of the Family Treatment Drug Court model. Dr. Burrus has been a member of the American Evaluation Association and American Psychological Association. Dr. Burrus has developed two community-based nonprofit organizations, and has been recognized by the mayor of Portland for his commitment to the community. Dr. Burrus has focused on the application of research methods to understand and solve challenges facing online higher education. An applied psychologist by training, Dr. Burrus has worked as a substance use counselor, college advisor, faculty, administrator and adoptive parent counselor. Living in beautiful San Diego, California, Dr. Burrus has been married for 24 years and parents two daughters ages 12 and 14.

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Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies