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Brenda Bursch, PhD

UCLA Physician Brenda Bursch, PhD specializes in Psychology.
Specialty
Psychology
Gender
Female
Language Spoken
English
Hospital Affiliation
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
PSY13896
Contact
(800) 825-9989 Information and referral
Email Address
bbursch@mednet.ucla.edu
PRACTICE LOCATION

Academic office:
760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

EDUCATION
Degree
PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 1990
AFFILIATION
Department Affiliation
Clinical Director, Pediatric Consultation & Liaison Service
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Additional Information

Department / Division Affiliations:
Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Pediatrics
Clinical Director, Pediatric Consultation & Liaison Service
Member, Semel Institute (NPI)

Dr. Bursch received her PhD from Claremont Graduate School in 1990. She is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she has been on faculty since 1994. She is the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Liaison service, overseeing child psychiatry consultations for pediatric medical inpatients. Dr. Bursch is a medical psychologist with clinical and research interests in pediatric pain, palliative care, somatization, and illness falsification. She has presented lectures at professional conferences within the United States and abroad, and has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters. She is co-author of a book published in 2012, “How Many More Questions?” Techniques for Clinical Interviews of Young Medically Ill Children, Oxford University Press.

Awards & Recognition
  • 2011 Awarded UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching.
  • 2005 Awarded UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Housestaff Teaching.
  • 2003 Co-author on paper that won "Young Investigator Paper Award" (Lester, Stein, & Bursch. Developmental Predictors of Somatic Symptoms in Adolescents of Parents with HIV: A 12-Month Follow-up. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics).
  • 2001 Nominated for UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Housestaff Teaching.
  • 2000 Nominated for UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Housestaff Teaching – Psychologist.
  • 1984 Awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit, an award to select nominated individuals who save or sustain a human life. The certificate is signed by the President of the United States and the Chairman of the American Red Cross.
  • 1984 Mortar Board, a national honor society which recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service, served as President (1983-1984); Phi Kappa Phi scholarship honor society; selected as the Psychology Undergraduate Representative (serving as liaison to faculty and administration); Graduating Psychology Student of the Year; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Publications
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS:
  1. Lewis, C.E., Bursch, B., Klau, M., Konitsney, D., & Conrow, S. (1993). Continuing medical education for AIDS: An organizational response. AIDS Education and Prevention, 5, (3), 263-271.
  2. Bursch, B., Beezy, J. & Shaw, R. (1993). Emergency department satisfaction: What matters most? Annals of Emergency Medicine, 22, 586-591.
  3. Krubel, R., Freedman, D., & Bursch, B. (1996). Effects of transvaginal sonography on pregnant patients' perceptions of care in the emergency department. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14 (2), 232-233.
  4. Bursch, B., Weinberg, H. D., & Shilkoff, S. (1996). Nurses' knowledge of and experience with Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Comprehensive issues in pediatric nursing, 19 (2), 93-102.
  5. Zeltzer, L. K., Bursch, B., & Walco, G. (1997). Pain responsiveness and chronic pain: A psychobiological perspective. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 18, 402-412.
  6. Bursch, B., Walco, G., & Zeltzer, L. K. (1998). Clinical assessment and management of chronic pain and pain-associated disability syndrome (PADS). Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 19 (1), 44-52.
  7. Bursch, B., Schwankovsky, L., Gilbert, J., & Zeiger, R. (1999). Construction and validation of four childhood asthma self-management scales: Parent barriers, child and parent self-efficacy, and parent belief in treatment efficacy. Journal of Asthma, 36 (1), 115-129.
  8. Zeltzer, L. K. & Bursch, B. (2001). Psychological management strategies for functional disorders, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 32, S40-S41.
  9. Tsao, J. C. I, Glover, D. A., Bursch, B., Ifekwunigwe, M. & Zeltzer, L. K. (2002). Laboratory pain reactivity and gender: Relationship to school nurse visits and school absences. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 23 (4), 217-224.
  10. Ayoub, C. C., Alexander, R., Beck, D., Bursch, B., Feldman, K., Libow, J., Sanders, M., Schreier, H., & Yorker, B. (2002). Position paper: Definitional issues in Munchausen by Proxy. Child Maltreatment, 7, (2), 105-111.
  11. Hyman, P. E., Bursch, B., Beck, D., DiLorenzo, C., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2002). Discriminating pediatric condition falsification from chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction in toddlers. Child Maltreatment, 7, (2), 132-137
  12. Sanders, M. J. & Bursch, B. (2002). Forensic assessment of illness falsification, Munchausen by proxy, and Factitious Disorder, NOS. Child Maltreatment, 7, (2), 112-124
  13. Bursch, B. & Zeltzer, L. K. (2002). Chronic pain and pervasive developmental disorders. The Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 6, 41-48
  14. Hyman, P.E., Bursch, B., Lopez, E., Schwankovsky, L., Cocjin, J., & Zeltzer, L.K. (2002). Visceral pain-associated disability syndrome: A descriptive analysis. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 35(5), 663-8
  15. Lester, P., Stein, J.A., & Bursch, B. Developmental predictors of somatic symptoms in adolescents of parents with HIV: A 12-month follow-up (2003). Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 24(4):242-250. [Winner of "Young Investigator Paper Award"]
  16. Bursch, B, Ingman, K, Vitti, L, Hyman, P. E., & Zeltzer, L.K. (2004) Chronic pain in individuals with previously undiagnosed autistic spectrum disorders. The Journal of Pain, 5 (5): 290-295.
  17. Tsao, J. C. I, Myers, C. D., Craske, M. G., Bursch, B., Kim, S. K., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2004) Role of anticipatory anxiety and anxiety sensitivity in children's and adolescents' laboratory pain responses. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 29, 379-388.
  18. Tsao, J. C. I, Myers, C. D., Craske, M. G., Bursch, B., Kim, S. K., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2005) Parent and child anxiety sensitivity: Relationship in a non-clinical sample. Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 27 (4), 259–268.
  19. Tsao, J. C. I, Meldrum M., Bursch, B., Jacob, M.C., Kim, S. C., Zeltzer, L. K. (2005). Treatment expectations for CAM interventions in pediatric chronic pain patients and their parents. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2(4):521-7.
  20. Zeltzer, L. K., Tsao, J. C. I, Bursch, B., & Myers, C.D. (2006). Introduction to the special issue on pain: From pain to pain-associated disability syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31(7):661-666.
  21. Shaw, RJ, Wamboldt M, Bursch B, & Stuber M (2006). Practice patterns in pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry: A national survey. Psychosomatics, 47(1):43-9.
  22. Bursch, B. & Hyman, P. (May/June 2006). Parent perceptions of the psychological functioning of their children diagnosed with pediatric motility disorders and that of family members. Gastroenterology Nursing, 29(3):209-16.
  23. Bursch, B., Tsao, J. C. I, Meldrum, M., Zeltzer, L. K. (2006). Preliminary validation of a self-efficacy scale for child functioning despite chronic pain (child and parent versions). PAIN, 125(1-2):35-42.
  24. LaFrance WC Jr, Alper K, Babcock D, Barry JJ, Benbadis S, Caplan R, Gates J, Jacobs M, Kanner A, Martin R, Rundhaugen L, Stewart R, Vert C; for the NES Treatment Workshop participants. (2006). Nonepileptic seizures treatment workshop summary. Epilepsy Behav, 8(3):451-61.
  25. Plioplys, S., Asato, M., Bursch, B., Salpekar J., Shaw, R & Caplan, R. (2007). Multidisciplinary management of pediatric nonepileptic seizures. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(11):1491-1495.
  26. Bursch, B., Lester, P., Jiang, L., Rotheram, M. J. & Weiss, R. (2008). Psychosocial predictors of somatic symptoms in adolescents of parents with HIV: A six-year longitudinal study. AIDS Care, 20(6): 667-676.
  27. Bursch B (2008). Psychological/cognitive behavioral treatments for childhood functional abdominal pain & irritable bowel syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 47(5):706-707.
  28. Salpekar, JA, Plioplys, S, Siddarth, P, Bursch, B, Shaw, RJ, Asato, MR, LaFrance, WC, Weisbrot, DM, Dunn, DW, Austin, JK, Caplan, R. (2010). Pediatric Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures: A Pilot Study of Assessment Tools. Epilepsy and Behavior, 17(1):50-55.
  29. Lester, P., Stein, J. A., Bursch, B., Rice, E., Green, S., Penniman, T., & Rotheram-Borus, M. J. (2010). Family-Based Processes Associated with Adolescent Distress, Substance Use and Risky Sexual Behavior in Families Affected by Maternal HIV. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 39(3):328-340.
  30. Lester, P., Mogil, C., Saltzman, W., Woodward, K., Nash, W., Bursch, B., Green, S., Pynoos, R., Beardslee, W. (2011). FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress): Implementing Family-Centered Prevention for Military Families Facing Wartime Deployments and Combat Operational Stress. Military Medicine, 176 (1):19-25.
  31. Lester, P, Bursch, B. (2011). The Long War Comes Home: Mitigating Risk and Promoting Resilience in Military Children and Families. Psychiatric Times, 28(7):26-29.
  32. Lester, P., Saltzman, W., Woodward, K., Glover, D., Leskin, G., Bursch, B., Green, S., Pynoos, R., Beardslee, W. (2012). Evaluation of a Family Centered Prevention Intervention for Military Children and Families Facing Wartime Deployments. American Journal of Public Health, 102 Suppl 1:S48-54; online 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300088; e1-e7.
  33. Bursch, B., Fried, J.M., Wimmers, P.F., Cook, I.A., Baillie, S., Zackson, H, Stuber. M.L. (2013). Relationship between Medical Student Perceptions of Mistreatment and Mistreatment Sensitivity. Medical Teacher. 35(3):e998-1002.
  34. Forgey, M., Bursch, B. (2013). Assessment and Management of Pediatric Iatrogenic Medical Trauma. Current Psychiatry Reports, 15(2):340.
  35. Bursch, B., Forgey, M. (2013). Psychopharmacology for Medically Ill Adolescents. Current Psychiatry Reports. Oct;15(10):395.
  36. Bursch, B. (2014). Munchausen by Proxy and Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another. Psychiatric Times. Aug;31(8):16-27.
  37. Plioplys, S., Doss, J., Siddarth, P., Bursch, B., Falcone, T., Forgey, M., Hinman, K., LaFrance, Jr, W.C., Laptook, R., Shaw, R. J., Weisbrot, D. M., Willis, M. D., Caplan, R. (2014). A multi-site controlled study of risk factors in pediatric psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsia. Sep 19 [epub ahead of print].
  38. Forgey, M., Bursch, B. (in press). Psychopharmacology for Youth with Medical Illness. Minerva Psichiatrica.

BOOK CHAPTERS:
  1. Bursch, B. (1999). Pain-associated disability syndrome. In Hyman, P (Editor) Pediatric functional bowel disorders. New York: Academy of Professional Information Services, Inc.
  2. Bursch, B. & Vitti, L. (1999). Medically ill children and adolescents. In Galatzer-Levy, R. (Editor) The scientific basis of child custody decisions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  3. Stuber, M. L., & Bursch, B. (2000). Psychiatric care of the terminally ill child. In Chochinov, H., M. & Breitbart, W. (Editors) Psychiatric dimensions of palliative medicine. Oxford University Press.
  4. Bursch, B. & Zeltzer, L. K. (2001). Pain: A story. In Kahn, S. & Fromm, E. (Editors) Changes in the therapist: A casebook. Erlbaum Publishing.
  5. Bursch, B., Joseph, M. J. & Zeltzer, L. K. (2002). Pain-associated disability syndrome. In Schechter, N. L, Berde, C. B., & Yaster, M. (Editors) Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 2nd Ed. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  6. Bursch, B. & Zeltzer, L. K. (2004). Pediatric pain management. In Behrman, R.E., Kliegman, R.M., & Jenson, H.B. (Editors) Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th Edition, W.B. Saunders.
  7. Bursch, B. & Zeltzer, L. K. (2004). Chronic pain/somatic complaints and associated disability. In Osborn, L., DeWitt, T., & First, L. (Editors) Comprehensive Pediatrics. Harcourt Health Sciences.
  8. Bursch, B. & Stuber, M. L. (2004). Pediatrics. In Levenson, J. L. (Editor) Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  9. Bursch, B. & Zeltzer, L. (2005) Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. In J. Edmond Charlton (Editor) Core Curriculum for Professional Education in Pain, Third Edition. International Association for the Study of Pain Press, Seattle. Also: http://www.iasp-pain.org/CoreCurriculumThirdEdition.htm
  10. Bursch, B. (2006). Somatization Disorders. In: M. Hersen and J.C. Thomas (Editors), Robert T. Ammerman (Volume Editor) Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology, Volume III: Child Psychopathology. John Wiley & Sons of New York.
  11. Bursch, B. (2006). Management of Difficult Patients. In Danny Wedding & Margaret Stuber (Editors) Behavior and Medicine, 4th Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
  12. Bursch, B. & Stuber, M. L. (2006). Pediatrics. In Levenson, J. L. (Editor) Essentials of Psychosomatic Medicine. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  13. Moore, B. A., Bursch, B & Walshaw, P. (2007). Termination of Psychotherapy with Children. In William O'Donohue & Mike Cucciare (Editors) A Clinician's Guide to the Termination of Psychotherapy. Routledge.
  14. Bursch, B. & Hyman, P.E. (2008). Gastrointestinal Features of Pediatric Illness Falsification. In Ronald E. Kleinman, Oliver-Jean Goulet, Giorgina Mieli-Vergani, Ian R. Sanderson, Philip M. Sherman & Benjamin L. Shneider (Editors) Walker's Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Management, 5th Edition. B C Decker Publisher.
  15. Hyman, P. E. & Bursch, B. (2008) Munchausen syndrome by proxy. In Langnas A, Goulet O, Quigley E, Tappenenden K. (Editors). Intestinal failure diagnosis, management, transplantation. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  16. Bursch, B. (2009). Medically ill children and adolescents. In Galatzer-Levy, R., Kraus, L. & Galatzer-Levy, J. (Editors) The scientific basis of child custody decisions, Second Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  17. Stuber, M. L., & Bursch, B. (2009). Psychiatric care of the terminally ill child. In Chochinov, H., M. & Breitbart, W. (Editors) Psychiatric dimensions of palliative medicine, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press.
  18. Schreier, HA, Ayoub, CA & Bursch, B. (2010). Forensic Issues in Munchausen by Proxy. In Elissa Benedek, Peter Ash & Charles Scott (Editors) Principles and Practices of Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  19. Drews, A. & Bursch, B. (2010). Somatoform Disorders & Chronic Pain. In Jay Thomas & Michel Hersen (Editors) Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies. Springer.
  20. Bursch, B. (2010). Pediatric Pain. In Richard J. Shaw & David Ray DeMaso (Editors) Textbook of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  21. Bursch, B. (2010). Somatization Disorder. In Irving Weiner & Edward Craighead (Editors) Corsini's Encyclopedia of Psychology. John Wiley and Sons.
  22. Bursch, B. (2010). Management of Difficult Patients. In Margaret Stuber & Danny Wedding (Editors) Behavior and Medicine, 5th Edition. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
  23. Bursch, B. & Stuber, M. L. (2010). Pediatrics. In Levenson, J. L. (Editor) Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine: Psychiatric Care of the Medically Ill, Second Edition. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  24. Forgey, M., Bursch, B. (2014). Psychopharmacology in Oncology and Palliative Care: Childhood and Adolescence. In Luigi Grassi & Michelle Riba (Editors) Clinical Psychopharmacology for Oncology and Palliative Care: A Practical Manual. Springer.

BOOKS:
  1. Caplan R & Bursch B (2012). "How Many More Questions?" Techniques for Clinical Interviews of Young Medically Ill Children, Oxford University Press.
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