Elizabeth Burgin

Assistant Professor

Office: 3090
Phone: (757) 221-2346
Email: [[eeburgin]]
Areas of Expertise: Military Populations, Moral Injury, EMDR, Play Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Adverse Childhood Experiences


Elizabeth Burgin is an assistant professor in the Counselor Education program and program coordinator of the Military and Veterans Counseling program at W&M. Dr. Burgin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Child-Centered Play Therapy Supervisor.

The current focus of her research includes military populations, child mental health, and play therapy. Dr. Burgin is interested in identifying culturally responsive and developmentally sensitive strategies for improving treatment efficacy and accessibility to mental health services.

Dr. Burgin engages in professional service to further address issues of access advocacy. She has been appointed to national service roles for the Association for Play Therapy, National Board of Certified Counselors, and Military and Government Counseling Association.


Ph.D. in Counseling, University of North Texas, 2020
M.A. in Counseling and Human Services, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2015

Activities and Honors

Student Research Award, Association for Play Therapy (2020)

Dan E. Homeyer Research Award, Texas Association for Play Therapy (2020)

Outstanding Doctoral Student, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2019)

Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar, Pat Tillman Foundation (2017-2020)

Selected Publications

Burgin, E. E., & Ray, D. C. (2020). Military-connected children and adolescents: Applying the competencies for counseling military populations. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 6(2).

Prosek, E. A., Burgin, E. E., Atkins, K. M., Wehrman, J. D., Fenell, D. L., Carter, C., & Green, L. (2018). Competencies for counseling military populations. Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 6(2).

Prosek, E. A., & Burgin, E. E. (2020). Counseling military populations: A content analysis of counseling journals from 1998-2018. Journal of Counseling and Development, 98(4).