Biography

Dr. Burke is a Professor of Psychology at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is faculty in the doctoral degree program in Counseling Psychology and in the master’s degree program in Counseling. Her scholarly interests include minority mental health in the context of oppressive systems, gender-based violence, trauma, and human trafficking. In 2004, she founded the Project to End Human Trafficking (www.endhumantrafficking.org), an all-volunteer United States based non-profit group that works regionally, nationally, and internationally to raise awareness about the enslavement and economic exploitation of people. Dr. Burke has begun anti-trafficking coalitions in Pennsylvania and Virginia and consulted on the development of coalitions in other regions. In addition, she has spoken to various state and regional elected officials in Pennsylvania and Virginia regarding this issue and has worked on legislation in these states in support of strengthening human trafficking laws. Dr. Burke served on Pennsylvania’s Senate Resolution 253 Advisory Committee, which was established for the purpose of making recommendations to the State’s General Assembly regarding human trafficking in Pennsylvania.

Current international work is focused in Uganda where she and her team work collaboratively with citizens to prevent trafficking through school and community based programming. Access to education and therapeutic services for women and child sex trafficking survivors is also part of the effort in the Soroti and Lira areas of northern Uganda, a region traumatically impacted by armed conflict for over twenty years. Dr. Burke is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and is working to advance knowledge about current best practices regarding therapeutic work with survivors.


Some Favorite Quotes

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
---Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

"Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."
--Susan B. Anthony

"We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever."
--Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Burke, M. (April 2013). Introduction to human trafficking: Definitions and prevalence. In Burke, M. (Ed.), Human trafficking: Interdisciplinary perspectives. New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis.

Burke, M. (2013). Human trafficking: Interdisciplinary perspectives. New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis.

Burke, M. (2013). Trauma and human trafficking: Psychological implications and treatment considerations. Invited article, ASTRA, Belgrade, Serbia.

Burke, M. (2012). Human Trafficking: An Overview for Law Enforcement. Invited journal article. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 12(1). 

Burke, M. & Pilecki, A. (2010). The effects of trauma on self-esteem. In Guindon, M., (Ed.), Self-Esteem Across the Lifespan (pp. 63-78). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Burke, M. (2007). The anti-Slavery movement: Facilitating change in your local community. Invited article published by the World Association of Nongovernmental Organizations. Tarrytown, NY: WANGO.

Burke, M. (2006). Child sex trafficking: An international threat to the wellness of children. Invited chapter published in The NGO Revolution: Healing a Hurting World. Tarrytown, NY: World Association of Nongovernmental Organizations.

Lightsey, O., Burke, M., Ervin, A., Henderson, D. & Yee, C. (2006). Generalized self-efficacy, self-esteem and negative affect. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 38 (1), 1-91.

In process:

Dean, H. (2011). Psychological wellness of transgender individuals as influenced by attachment
and parenting style. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Greisler, M. (2011) Examination of the nature and degree of relational aggression and social aggression experienced by individuals diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Merchant, K. (2011). Examination of the relationship between creativity, openness, and depression. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Reese, M. (2011). Multicultural competence and ethnocultural empathy. (Doctoral dissertation).
Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

Schneider, B. (2011). An examination of the effects of race-related stress, perceived social
support, and racial identity development on psychological well-being. (Doctoral dissertation). Carlow University, Pittsburgh.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS 

Burke, M. (November 2013). Human trafficking in the United States. Invited presentation, Sonoma State University.

Burke, M. (November 2013). The world of human trafficking: A Question & Answer session with Dr. Mary Burke. Invited presentation, Center for Ethics, Law and Society, Sonoma State University.

Burke, M. (November 2013). The ultimate exploitation: Human trafficking in a global context. Invited presentation, Saint Vincent College.

Burke, M. (October, 2013). Human trafficking and the risks of migration. Invited presentation for the Education without Borders Conference, Pennsylvania Department of Education Migrant Education Program.

Burke, M. (October 2013). Human Trafficking: United States and International Perspectives. Invited presentation, Villanova University School of Law.

Burke, M. (November 2013). Exploitation and Violence: Human trafficking as an assault on basic human rights. Invited Keynote Speaker for the Community College of Allegheny County Human Trafficking Program.

Burke, M. (March 2013). Complex trauma and human trafficking. Invited presentation, Belgrade, Serbia.

Burke, M. (October 2012). Human trafficking: What young adults worldwide can do about human trafficking. Invited presentation for One Young World conference 2012.


Burke, M. & McHugh, M. (June 2012). Social Class and why it Matters. Invited presentation for the Association for Women in Psychology Annual Board Meeting.

Burke, M. (March, 2012). Human Trafficking: Global and Local Issues. Invited Speaker, World Affairs Council, as part of the commemoration of International Women’s Day.

Burke, M. (March, 2012). Human Trafficking: Overview and Coalition Building. Invited Speaker, in support of forming the Beaver County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

Burke, M. (June, 2011). The negative impact of conflict on the psychological well-being of children in conflict zones. Invited Speaker, United Nations, high level panel discussion as part of the International Day of the African Child's celebration.

Burke, M. (June, 2011). Human trafficking and human rights. Invited presentation for the Pennsylvania Inter-branch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

Burke, M. (April, 2011). Identifying and supporting child victims of human trafficking. Invited Speaker, Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program.

Burke, M. (March, 2011). Slavery today. Invited Speaker, Office of Academic Affairs, Pennsylvania State University.

Burke, M. (March, 2011). Child Trafficking. Invited Speaker, United Nations, United Nations Women’s Guild, New York, New York. 

Burke, M. (April, 2011). Identifying and supporting child victims of human trafficking. Invited Speaker, Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program.

Burke, M. (March, 2011). Slavery today. Invited Speaker, Office of Academic Affairs, Pennsylvania
State University.

Burke, M. (October, 2010). Human trafficking: Overview and action. Invited Speaker, American
Association of University Women, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Burke, M. (October, 2010). Human trafficking: An issue of human rights. Invited Speaker, School of
International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.

Burke, M. (October, 2010). Human rights and responsibility: The issue of modern slavery. Invited Keynote Speaker, Annual United Nations Day Program at Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.

Burke, M. (Spring 2010). Human trafficking & the universal declaration of human rights. Invited
Keynote Speaker, Annual Human Rights Day Program at Indiana State University, Terra Haute, Indiana.

Burke, M. (Spring 2010). Human trafficking: Global overview and United States-based action.
Invited presentation, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Burke, M. (Spring 2010). Sexism & human trafficking: The exploitation of women & girls. Invited
Presentation, Department of Women’s Studies in support of Women’s History Month, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Burke, M. (Spring 2010). Human trafficking: Global overview and United States-based action.
Invited presentation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Commission on the Status of Women and the Department of Psychology, Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Burke, M. (Spring 2010). Social justice in the doctoral level curriculum in psychology & counseling. Invited presentation, American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Burke, M. (Spring 2010). Slavery today: Problems & solutions. Invited presentation, Carnegie
Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Burke, M. (2009). Child labor: Issues and strategies for change in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, &
Kyrgyzstan. Invited presentation, Adolescent Health Symposium hosted by Magee Womencare International and sponsored by the United States Department of State, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Burke, M. (2009). Human trafficking: Issues and strategies for change in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, & Kyrgyzstan. Invited presentation, Adolescent Health Symposium hosted by Magee Womencare International and sponsored by the United States Department of State, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Research Interests

Dr. Burke is interested in issues related to minority mental health, trauma, and human trafficking.  

In Process or Under Review  

Burke, M. (2011). Human trafficking: Interdisciplinary perspectives. New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis.

Burke, M. (2011). Incorporating social justice into the doctoral level curriculum in counseling psychology: Extending the knowledge & skill base.