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Erin Burns, PhD


Erin is a Senior Research Associate for the Assessment and Evaluation Services Division at SEI, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. For the last five years, she has managed a variety of projects in the areas of education, homeless children and youth, trauma, and substance use disorders, in addition to women’s physical and behavioral health. She has conducted process and impact evaluations in both government and non-profit organizations to improve intervention and dissemination efforts in both public and private health and education institutions. Prior to joining SEI, Erin worked as a staff psychologist engaged in research and treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national conferences, supervised students and residents, and taught undergraduate and graduate students in psychology and research methodology. Erin received her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on identifying mediators to better understand the relationship between childhood trauma and adult psychopathology. 

Erin’s desire to incorporate sustainability into her current work with non-profit, government, and private businesses brought her to PGS. In addition to introducing students to program and policy evaluation, Erin engages students in a research process informed by diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

When not teaching in the classroom, Erin can be found on the athletic field, coaching high school and club lacrosse, in addition to serving as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Lacrosse Club. 


PhD, Psychology, University of Georgia
MS, Psychology, University of Georgia
BS, James Madison University
Certificate in Sustainable Management, Presidio Graduate School


LDR6100 – Personal Development and Communication

MSS6240 – Research Methods and Policy Evaluation

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