Meet Dr. Jazmin Burns
Dr. Burns is a native of Sacramento, California and now live in San Antonio, Texas. She earned my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English with an emphasis in Literature, Criticism, and Theory, as well as obtained my minor in Psychology in 2013. In 2015, she started her graduate program at Alliant International University in Sacramento, where she obtained her Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Clinical Psychology in 2017 and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in 2019.
Dr. Burns began working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs) in 2010 when she was a volunteer and research assistant at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She also worked as an ABA Behavioral Technician while completing her undergraduate degree. She continued working at the UC Davis MIND Institute for several years and received extensive training in NDDs under some of the leading ASD researchers and clinicians in the field. She has experience working with individuals of all ages with a variety of diagnoses in private practice, as well as clinics, hospitals, and community-based settings.
Dr. Burns has a passion for increasing access to care for children and families, which is why she became licensed under PSYPACT so that she could help individuals across the country who may not have access to resources and providers in their state. Dr. Burns enjoys empowering individuals to advocate for themselves. She takes time providing families with psychoeducation regarding diagnoses, school rights, and resources so families can feel more confident and competent in supporting their child and themselves.
She is a co-facilitator of Sankofa, a free parent support group for families raising African American children with NDDs, as well as served as California’s Children’s Mental Health Champion, a program funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). As a Champion, Dr. Buns worked to develop state-specific work plans to implement effective strategies for mental health promotion, prevention supports, and the creation of networks (e.g., school, healthcare, and community) to promote better inter- and intra-system connections.
In her free time, Dr. Burns enjoys spending time with her family, playing videogames, watching TV/movies, singing, cooking, trying new foods, and traveling.