Eileen Burker, PhD, CRC

Division Director and Professor

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Phone: (919) 966-9125
Email: eburker@med.unc.edu


  • BA, Rider University
  • MA, Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Vocational Evaluation, master’s level certificate in Gerontology: University of Georgia
  • MS, PhD, Clinical Psychology: Auburn University
  • Internship in Clinical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests

Quality of life before and after heart transplant, lung transplant, and VAD; vocational issues associated with chronic disease.

Courses Taught

  • CRMH Applied Counseling Skills in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • CRMH Principles of Group Counseling in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Recent Publications


Bernacchio, C. & Burker, E. (2016). Psychiatric rehabilitation of persons with co-occurring disorders and corrections involvement. Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education Journal, 30 (3), 230-242.

Thomas, L., Burker, E., & Kazukauskas, K. (2015). Thinking outside the box: Maximizing vocational outcomes post-traumatic brain injury through rehabilitation counseling and recreation/leisure activities. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 46(4), 38-45.

Burker, E., Fingerhut, D., Ebneter, D., Giza, M., Weber, R., Noone, P., & Egan, T.  (2015). Emergency medical services knowledge and attitudes about non-heart-beating donors: effect of an educational intervention. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 34(2), 204-212. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2014.09.020

Carpenter, V.R., Bernacchio, C., & Burker, E. (2013). Use of evidence-based practice in rehabilitation counseling: Facilitating recovery and community integration for persons with schizophrenia. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 44(3), 11-22.

Buse, N., & Burker, E. (2013). Fostering Resilience in Consumers. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 44(3), 3-10.

Eileen Burker