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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

Hidden Helpers Coalition, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, 2021-present

Outstanding Advocacy Award, Military & Government Counseling Association, 2022

Outstanding Research Award, Association for Play Therapy, 2022

Tillman Scholar, Pat Tillman Foundation, 2017-2020

Selected Publications

Burgin, E. E., & Ray, D. C. (2022). Child-centered play therapy and childhood depression: An effectiveness study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 31, 293-307.

Ray, D. C., Burgin, E. E., Ceballos, P. L., Lindo, N., Gutierrez, D. (2021). Child-centered play therapy and Adverse Childhood Experiences: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Counseling and Development, 100(2), 134-154.

Burgin, E. E., & Prosek, E. A. (2021). Culturally-responsive play therapy with military-connected children and families: Opportunities for rigorous research. International Journal of Play Therapy, 30(4), 221-230.

Prosek, E. A., Burgin, E. E., Atkins, K. M., Wehrman, J. D., Fenell, D. L., Carter, C., & Green, L. (2021). Exemplary practices for military populations. Republication of Competencies for counseling military populations.

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).

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).