Education

Degree
PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 1990

State License

PSY13896
  • About Me

    About Me

    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, ôHow Many More Questions?ö Techniques for Clinical Interviews of Young Medically Ill Children, Oxford University Press.

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  • Locations

    UCLA Medical Psychology Clinic

    (primary location)
    Address
    760 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, California 90095
    Phone
    800-825-9989
    Address
    757 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, California 90095
    Phone
    310-825-9111
  • Education

    Education

    Degree
    PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 1990
  • Research

    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), 259û268.
    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 Fami
  • News & Awards

    Awards

    • 2011Awarded UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching.
    • 2005Awarded 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).
    • 2001Nominated for UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Housestaff Teaching.
    • 2000Nominated for UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Housestaff Teaching û Psychologist.
    • 1984Awarded 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.
    • 1984Mortar 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.