Barbara M. Burns is a Professor of Child Studies at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. She received a B.A. in Psychology from University of Connecticut; a Ph.D. in Experimental Child Psychology from Brown University;  and a NICHD postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Psychology at the University of California (Berkeley).  Prior to coming to Santa Clara University, she was a Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. Barbara Burns’s 30+ year research career has focused on understanding and promoting resilience in young children. Barbara Burns has been the Editor-in-Chief of the National Head Start Association Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, and a consultant for the Early Intervention Program in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and has been fortunate to work with many dedicated, resilient and inspiring child advocates. She has published more than 50 articles and chapters demonstrating how family factors, such as parent-child interactions, maternal temperament and mental health, impact young children’s attention and self-control skills related to school readiness. Her findings have added to the body of research that shows a critical need for effective science-based early intervention for families exposed to the chronic stress from poverty and community violence.  She created Safe, Secure and Loved: Resilient Families based on knowledge gained from listening and learning from hundreds of families and community leaders at community nonprofits, pediatric groups, government organizations, faith-based institutions, and schools.


Burns, B. M. (in press, 2018) Mindfulness-based parenting programs: Significance for young children experiencing adversity and trauma. In T. G. Plante (Ed.) Healing With Spiritual Practices: Proven Techniques for Disorders from Addictions and Anxiety to Cancer and Chronic Pain. NY: Praeger.

Barbara Burns, Ph.D. 

Founder and Executive Director of SAFE, SECURE AND LOVED

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