Lawrence Burns

Lawrence Burns

Professor - Personality/Clinical Psychology

  • B.S. California Maritime Academy
  • M.S., Ph.D., State University of New York - Stonybrook

Outstanding University Service Award 2010

Pew Teaching Excellence Award 2000

Office: 2219 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-2862




Pew Teaching Excellence Award 2000

Outstanding University Service Award 2010


Clinical/Personality Psychology, Scholarship of Teaching

Courses Taught

PSY 303 - Psychopathology
PSY 311 - SWS Controversial Issues Psych
PSY 405 - History and Systems
PSY 492 - Advanced General: The Capstone

Research Interests

****coming soon****

Recent Publications

Hinterman, C., Burns, L. R., Hopwood, D., & Rogers, W. (2012). Mindfulness: Seeking a more perfect approach to coping with life's challenges. Mindfulness, 3(4), 275-281.

Andrews, D. M., Burns, L. R. & Dueling, J. K. (2014) Positive perfectionism: Seeking the healthy "Should", or should we? Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 27-34.

Burns, L. (2016). Perfection and the pursuit of happiness. In Leo Bormans (Ed.), The World Book of Happiness: Happiness 2.0 (vol. pp.). Tielt: Lannoo Uitgeverij.

Burns, L.R., Stephenson, P. L., & Bellamy, K.. (2016). The Socratic method: Empirical assessment of a Psychology Capstone course. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 15(3), 370-383.  doi: 10.1177/1475725716671824 

Dueling, J. K. & Burns, L. R. (2017). Perfectionism and the work-family conflict. Personality and  Individual Differences, 116, 326-330.

Plominski, A. & Burns, L. R. (2018). Troubled Minds of the Gifted: An Investigation of the Psychological Well-Being of Grand Valley State Honors Students. Journal of Advanced Academics, 29(1), 5-28.

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