G. Leonard Burns
Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1985
Office: Johnson Tower 212
Phone: (509) 335-8229
- Psychology 440: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
- Psychology 512: Correlation & Regression
- Psychology 514: Psychometrics (measurement theory and applied CFA)
- Psychology 515: Applied Structural Equation Modeling
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
Fellow, American Psychological Association (Divisions 5,12 and 53)
Current Grant Support:Leonard Burns and his colleague, Professor Mateu Servera from the University of the Balearic Islands, received a three-year grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (PSI2100-23254) to determine if Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and ADHD-inattention represent different symptom dimensions with unique and different external correlates. The project is investigating this question with mothers, fathers, teachers, and aides of Spanish children across the elementary school years. Dr. Burns is currently recruiting one or two new clinical students that have an interest in the research. Students would have the opportunity to learn to use latent variable modeling procedures to investigate this question. Interested applicants should email Dr. Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am currently using latent variable modeling procedures (e.g., confirmatory factor analysis, structural regression analysis, latent growth analysis, item response theory) to study ADHD, Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, and ODD within and across countries. Current projects focuses on the usefulness of the sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms to improve understanding of ADHD (e.g., longitudinal research with Spanish colleagues on the development of SCT and ADHD-IN symptom dimensions in Spanish children). Students who work with me have the opportunity to examine ethnic and cultural differences in child behavior problems as well as learn advanced measurement and analytic procedures.
Burns, G. L., Moura, M. A., Beauchaine, T. P., & McBurnett, K. (in press). Bifactor Latent Structure of ADHD/ODD Symptoms: Predictions of dual-pathway/trait-impulsivity etiological models of ADHD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Burns, G. L., Servera, M., Bernad, M. M., Carrillo, J., & Cardo, E. (2013). Distinctions between Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, ADHD-IN and Depression Symptom Dimensions in Spanish First-Grade Children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
McBurnett, K., Villodas, M., Burns, G. L., Hinshaw, S. P., Beaulieu, A., & Pfiffner, L. J. (2013). Structure and Validity of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Using an Expanded Item Pool in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
Lee, S., Burns, G. L., Snell, J., & McBurnett, K. (2013). Validity of the sluggish cognitive tempo symptom dimension in children: Sluggish cognitive tempo and ADHD-Inattention as distinct symptom dimensions. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10-1007/s10802=-013-9714-3.
Khadka, G., & Burns, G. L. (2013). A measurement framework to determine the construct validity of ADHD/ODD rating scales: Additional evaluations of the Child and Adolescent Disruptive Behavior Inventory. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. Advance on line publication. doi: 10.1007/s10862-012-9336-z.
Burns, G. L., Walsh, J. A., Severa, M., Lorenzo-Seva, U., Cardo, E., & Rodríguez-Fornells, A. (2013). Construct validity of ADHD/ODD rating scales: Recommendations for the evaluation of forthcoming DSM-V ADHD/ODD scales. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 15-26.
Shipp, F., Burns, G. L., & Desmul, C. (2010) Construct validity of ADHD-IN, ADHD-HI, ODD toward Adults, academic and social competence dimensions with teacher rating of Thai adolescents. Journal of Pyschopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 32, 557-564.
Burns, G. L., Desmul, C., Walsh, J. A., Silpakit, C., & Ussahawanitchakit, P. (2009). A multitrait (ADHD-IN, ADHD-HI, ODD toward adults, academic and social Competence) by multisource (mothers and fathers) evaluation of the invariance and convergent/discriminant validity of the Child and Adolescent Disruptive Behavior Inventory with Thai Adolescents. Psychological Assessment, 21, 635-641.
Moura, M. A. & Burns, G. L. (2010). Oppositional defiant disorder toward adults and oppositional defiant disorder toward other children: Evidence for two separate constructs with mothers' and fathers' ratings of Brazilian children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Severa, M., Lorenzo-Seva, U., Cardo, E., Rodriguez-Fornells, A., & Burns, G. L. (2010). Understanding trait and source effects in ADHD and ODD rating scales: Mothers', fathers' and teachers’ ratings of children from the Balearic Islands. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 1-11.