Associate Professor

Research and/or Creative Works

My research interests center on the interplay of normal and abnormal development, especially across adolescence and the transition to young adult life. I am specifically interested in relations between competence (e.g., academic success, social relationships, and work success) and broad dimensions of psychopathology (e.g., internalizing and externalizing problems). Consistent with a developmental psychopathology perspective, my research emphasizes the interplay of multiple risk factors at multiple levels of analysis, and processes related to both resilience (positive adaptation despite adversity) as well as more maladaptive outcomes.

Students who have a good fit with our lab often have strong interests in developmental psychopathology and statistics / data analysis.

Burt Laboratory
Research in the Burt laboratory examines processes of risk and resilience in adolescence and the transition to adulthood.


  • Peisch, V., & Burt, K. B. (2020). The structure and function of coping in emerging adults. Current Psychology (advance online publication).
  • Burt, K. B., Obradović, J., & Leu, J. (2018). Self-construal, family context, and the cortisol awakening response in first- and second-generation Asian American college students. Emerging Adulthood, 6(2), 104-117.
  • Burt, K. B., Whelan, R., Conrod, P. J., Banaschewski, T., Barker, G. J., Bokde, A. L. W., … Garavan, H. and the IMAGEN consortium. (2016). Structural brain correlates of adolescent resilience. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(11), 1287-1296.
  • Burt, K. B., & Paysnick, A. A. (2014). Identity, stress, and behavioral and emotional problems in undergraduates: Evidence for interaction effects. Journal of College Student Development, 55(4), 368-384.
  • Burt, K. B., & Obradovic, J. (2013). The construct of psychophysiological reactivity: Statistical and psychometric issues. Developmental Review, 33, 29-57.
  • Burt, K. B., & Paysnick, A. A. (2012). Resilience in the transition to adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 24(2), 493-505.

Associations and Affiliations

Affiliated Faculty, Developmental Psychopathology Concentration


  • B.A. Pomona College, 1998
  • M.Phil. Cambridge University, 1999
  • M.A. University of Minnesota, 2006
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2007


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Office Location:

Dewey Hall, Room 340