Jeffrey D. Burke

Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D., 1997, University of Connecticut
Research Interests: The development of the disruptive behavior disorders


Chronic irritability and outcomes of depression and anxiety


Treatment and service engagement related to disruptive behavior disorders

Research Synopsis: Dr. Burke’s interests involve understanding the etiology, developmental course and outcomes related to oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. His work includes a focus on irritability as a component of oppositional defiant disorder, which raises the risk for the development of depression and anxiety in some people. Dr. Burke also studies factors related to service engagement and treatment outcomes for the disruptive behavior disorders.
Courses: Developmental Psychopathology

Evidence Based Methods

Practicum in Child Psychotherapy

Recent publications: Burke, J. D., Johnston, O. G., & Butler, E. J. (2021). The irritable and oppositional dimensions of oppositional defiant disorder: Integral factors in the explanation of affective and behavioral psychopathology. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America30(3), 637-647. DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2021.04.012


Derella, O. J., Burke, J. D., Romano-Verthelyi, A. M., Bertschinger, E. & Johnston, O. G. (2020). Feasibility and acceptability of a brief cognitive-behavioral group-based intervention for chronic irritability in youth. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 25, 778-789. doi: 10.1177/1359104520918331


Johnston, O. G., Cruess, D. G. & Burke, J. D. (2020). Irritability and behavioral symptom dimensions of oppositional defiant disorder in young adults: Associations with DSM-5 pathological personality traits. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 42, 424-435.


Representative Publications: Waldman, I., Rowe, R., Boylan, K. & Burke, J.D. (2021). External validation of a bifactor model of oppositional defiant disorder. Molecular Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1038/s41380-018-0294-z


Evans, S. C., Burke, J. D., Roberts, M. C., Fite, P. J., Lochman, J. E., de la Peña, F. R., Reed, G. M. (2017).  Irritability in child and adolescent psychopathology: An integrative review for ICD-11.  Clinical Psychology Review, 53, 29-45.


Burke, J. D. & Loeber, R.  (2016). Mechanisms of behavioral and affective treatment outcomes in a cognitive behavioral intervention for boys.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 179-189.


Burke, J. D., Boylan, K., Rowe, R., Duku, E., Stepp, S. D., Hipwell, A. E., Waldman, I.  (2014).  Identifying the irritability dimension of ODD: Application of a general bifactor model across five large community samples of children.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 841-851.


Burke, J. D., Loeber, R., Lahey, B. B. & Rathouz, P. J. (2005). Developmental transitions among affective and behavioural disorders in adolescent boys. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 1200-1210.


Professional Activities: Associate Editor, Journal of Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology


Vice Chair, Institutional Review Board, University of Connecticut


Member, ICD-11 Field Studies Working Group on Disruptive Behaviour and Dissocial Disorders, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland


Reviser, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR); Disruptive, Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders: Oppositional Defiant Disorder


Consulting Editor, Journal of Abnormal Psychology


Contact Information
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Office LocationBousfield 180