Dr. Burns graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, received his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has served as Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Presbyterian / University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (1988) and Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medical School (1998), and is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Burns is currently Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is involved in research and teaching. He has received numerous awards, including the A. E. Bennett Award for his research on brain chemistry, the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology through the Media Award, and the Outstanding Contributions Award from the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. He has been named Teacher of the Year three times from the class of graduating residents at Stanford University School of Medicine, and feels especially proud of this award.
The enormous viewership and incredible publicity I received from being a guest on the show permanently put CBT on the map of psychotherapists and offered new hope to those viewers who themselves suffered or had loved ones suffering from depression and anxiety. CBT is based on a concept, dating back to the Greek philosopher Epictetus almost 2,000 years ago. Epictetus wrote that people are not upset by negative events themselves but rather by the negative thoughts, also called cognitions, they engender. Thus, he theorized, that if people make positive changes in the way they think, they will experience positive changes in the way they feel.22 December 2021