Scott W.M. Burrus Ph.D.

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Scott W.M. Burrus, Ph.D.

Scott W.M. Burrus Ph.D.

Lecturer in Psychology

(480) 204-4923


  1. Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2007
  2. M.A., Golden Gate University, 1996
  3. B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1994


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 10 years as a research faculty and executive administrator. His leadership responsibilities include overseeing schools of business and technology management, education, marriage and family therapy and psychology. 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 is 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.