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Scott J. Burg, MA

Senior Lecturer, The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences


  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Teacher's College, Columbia University
  • BA, Psychology & Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Child Growth & Development
  • Issues in Adolescence

Academic Research/Interests & Areas of Expertise

The impact of traumatic life events on human development and the treatment of trauma-related negative health outcomes; adolescent risk-perception, risk behavior and related health outcomes; the effects of religiosity/spirituality on mental health and well-being.

On Being at SVC

I love the wide range of backgrounds and experience that our unique student body bring to the College, and the sense of community that is fostered between students, faculty and staff. In addition, I prize the intimacy afforded by the smaller class sizes and laboratory learning model at SVC, and the opportunity it presents to get to know my students and to optimize instruction in a way that engages and challenges each of them.


  • Burg, S. J. (2014). Falling Apart for the World to See: Celebrity and the Onset of Mental Illness. Paper presented at the PCA/ACA Conference, Mental Health Section, Chicago, IL.
  • Burg, S., Mayers, R. A., and Miller L. J. (2011). Spirituality, Religion and Healthy Development in Adolescents. In: B. Bradford Brown and Mitchell J. Prinstein, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Vol. 1. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. pp. 353‐359.
  • Brindis, C. D., Park, M. J., Paul, T., and Burg, S. (2003). A profile of adolescent health: the role of race, ethnicity and gender. In: D. de Anda (Ed.), Social work with multicultural youth. Binghamton, NY: Haworth. pp. 1‐32.
  • Irwin, C. E., Jr., Burg, S. J., and Cart, C. U. (2002). America’s adolescents: Where have we been, where are we going? Journal of Adolescent Health 31(6S), 91‐121.
  • Park, M. J., Macdonald, T. M., Ozer, E. M., Burg, S. J., Millstein, S. G., Brindis, C. D., and Irwin, C. E., Jr. (2001). Investing in Clinical Preventive Health Services for Adolescents. San Francisco, CA: University of California, San Francisco, Policy Center for Middle Childhood and Adolescence, & National Adolescent Health Information Center.
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