Yi-An Lo Burleson, PhD

Current Roles

Dr. Burleson is a core faculty member and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology. She is trained as a counseling psychologist and serves as a supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She plans to continue to conduct research related to couples relationship and family systems in the biopsychosocial framework, and alternative interventions for international students.


• PhD Counseling psychology from West Virginia University, WV in 2013

• MA Rehabilitation counseling from the University of Maryland, MD in 2007

• BA in Japanese from Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan in 2002

Past Experience

Dr. Burleson has worked part-time or full-time over ten years with both international and domestic individuals with diverse backgrounds in a variety of clinical settings, such as six and half years in college counseling centers, three years at a group practice, and two and half years in community mental health agencies.  She has provided individual, couples, career, and group counseling to clients whose ages range from 3-67. 

Dr. Burleson received training in scholarly teaching while completing her degree at West Virginia University.  She taught for several semesters at West Virginia University and one semester at Miami University.

Dr. Burleson recently completed the comprehensive dialectical behavioral therapy training at Behavioral Tech, Seattle, WA.  She completed her APA accredited internship at Mimi University, OH where she provided individual, group, and career counseling, substance abuse assessment, and attention deficit screening assessment. 

Classes Taught

Current courses at Bastyr: Psychological Foundations: Personality, Counseling Adults II: Assessment & Treatment, Practicum Seminar

Previously Taught Seminars/Workshops: career development, attention and learning, cognitive behavioral therapy, stress and anxiety management, alcohol education, counseling international students, multicultural case seminar, career counseling and assessment, and crisis assessment and intervention.

Previously Taught Courses: Learning Strategies for International Students


Dr. Burleson’s clinical interests include multiculturally sensitive counseling for children, adolescents, family, couples, international students, and immigrants.  She has worked with individuals who deal with depression, anxiety, eating concerns, interpersonal, couples, family dynamic issues, and career distresses.  She has worked with international students for five years and is still developing outreach programming and outcome assessment for international students and immigrants.

Dr. Burleson’s research interests include mutually cultural adaptation and associated eating concerns of international students and ethnic minorities, alternative interventions for international students, the impact of romantic relationships and family dynamic on mental health.


Dr. Burleson believes that teaching is to foster and support students to become their own learning agencies who challenge their thinking, facilitate connecting self-awareness and knowledge to clinical practices, and explore and develop new perspectives in the learning process. 

She applies cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and family systems theories when counseling, assessing, and diagnosing clients.  She believes every person can bring unique strengths to cultivate hope in the healing process.

Yi-An Burleson PhD