Dr. Joy J. Burnham is Professor in Counselor Education in the Department of Educational Studies, Psychology, Research, Methodology, and Counseling. Since 2015, she has also been the Director of International Programs (OIP) in the College of Education. She began her work at The University of Alabama as an Assistant Professor in 2002.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Alabama and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She teaches such courses as: Internship in School Counseling, Theories of Counseling, Advanced Theories of Counseling, and Dissertation Research.
While Dr. Burnham’s primary research focus has been on children’s fears, her research agenda also includes school counseling-related topics, and the tenure and promotion process. She has published 49 peer-reviewed journal articles including publications in: The Journal of Counseling and Development, International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, Journal of Loss and Trauma, International Perspectives on Stress and Coping, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Child and Family Studies, The Journal of Family Therapy, The Professional School Counselor, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, and Psychology in the Schools. She has co-authored one book, Tools for Dossier Success: A Guide for Tenure and Promotion.
Dr. Burnham was a Fulbright Specialist at Shenyang Normal University in Shenyang, China. She currently serves on the Faculty Senate at the University of Alabama. She is the PI of the inaugural Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative. This grant is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.