Nancy G. Burlak, Ed.D., LMFT

Adjunct Professor, MACC

Dr. Nancy Burlak joined the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) program as an adjunct professor in 2017. She came to PLNU with nearly 30 years of counseling experience. Specifically, she has worked as a clinical therapist at several mental health companies, including Sharp HealthCare’s Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital where she has served as the Manager for their Specialty Outpatient programs for the past 6 years. Dr. Burlak has served in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient programs, outpatient programs, and military programs. Dr. Burlak teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with subjects including Introduction to Counseling, Psychological/Sociological Aspects of Aging, Death, and Dying, and Treatment of Older Adults.


  • Ed. D., Argosy University, Counseling Psychology, 2014
  • M.A., Psychology - Marriage & Family Therapy, Chapman University, 2004
  • M.A., Criminology, CSU, Fresno, 1984
  • B.S., Criminology, CSU, Fresno, 1983

Courses Taught


PSY630 Treatment of Older Adults
PSY695-697 Supervised Practicum

Experience in Field

Teaching Experience

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Adjunct Professor, 2017-Present
  • San Diego City College, Adjunct Professor, 2014-Present
  • Azusa Pacific University, Adjunct Professors, 2014-2015

Clinical Experience

  • Sharp HealthCare, Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital, Manager, 2011-Present
  • Sharp HealthCare, Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital, Lead Clinical Therapist, 2008-2011
  • Paradise Valley Hospital, Interim Inpatient Case Management Manager, 2007-2008
  • Paradise Valley Hospital, Lead Clinical Coordinator, 2004-2008
  • Riverside County Department of Social Services, Social Worker, 2001-2004
  • Riverside Department of Mental Health, Clinical Therapist, 200-2001
  • Arapahoe House, Lead Therapist, Clinical Manager, 1998-2001
  • Cleo Wallace Center, Inpatient Therapist, 1996-1997
  • Department of the Air Force, Drug Demand Reduction Program Clinical Manager, 1993-1996
  • Department of the Army, Drug Demand Reduction Clinical Manager, 1993-1996

Professional and Community Involvement

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), 2004 – Present
  • Student member, San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA); October, 2011-Present
  • American Psychological Association, Graduate Student Affiliate (APAGS), 2011- Present
  • Lifetime member, National Honor Society for Psychology (Psi Chi) MSCD chapter, September 2002-Present
  • Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Health, Southern California, President -Member, 2006-Present

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

Burlak, N (April 2016) Zero Suicide Initiative; Designing and Implementing the CSSRS in a Hospital Intensive Outpatient Setting. AABH Symposium, Buena Park, CA.

Burlak, N. (March 2015) Optimal Duration of Treatment for Older Adults Diagnosed with Depression Based on the Geriatric Depression Scale. Aging in America annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Burlak, N. (April 2015) Developing Intensive Outpatient, Evidenced Based Programs. AABH symposium, Buena Park, CA.  

Burlak, N. (April 2011) Recognizing and Treating SPICE addiction. EAPA annual conference, San Diego, CA

Burlak, N. (June 2010) Development and Implementation of Treatment Programs for Veterans with PTSD. AABH annual conference, San Diego, CA.