Dr. Burns is a clinical expert on pediatric and community-based healthcare. Her research is centered on innovative approaches using community-engaged research and technology (e.g., social media, mobile apps, messaging) to improve healthcare and sexual health outcomes among adolescents at community health care centers. Her secondary area of interest is improving nursing practice and training programs in underserved areas. Dr. Burns has more than 10 years of experience working with youth (ages 0-21) in a variety of clinical, community-based and academic settings. She has mentored and served as a preceptor for students in both undergraduate and graduate programs for nursing (BSN, PNP, FNP) and allied health professions (social work, public health). Additionally, she has taught courses on population health, fundamentals in nursing and interprofessional education. Her techniques for teaching include the use of invented dialogue and interactive teaching methodologies. She fully believes that students need to be pushed to think independently and critically, regardless of their level of education. Moreover, she considers it is important for faculty to be transparent and help students understand who they are as nurses. This means emphasizing being a scholar and an intellectual, and understanding the value of promoting quality care for patients and families. Dr. Burns continues to work closely with students and community partners within the city of Detroit, building upon her current research and translating her findings and real-world experiences to the classroom setting.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Clinician Scholars Program, The Institute for Health Policy
and Innovation, University of Michigan, 2019
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Michigan, 2016
MSN, Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
BSN, Nursing, University of Michigan, 2006
BS, Biology, University of Michigan, 2003