Dr. Darrell Burnett is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a Licensed Marriage, Family, & Child Therapist, and a certified Sports Psychologist, specializing in youth sports. He is listed in the National Register of Health Providers in Psychology. He has a certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.
He received a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He received an M.A. in psychology from Xavier University before moving from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to complete a Ph.D. in psychology at the United States International University, San Diego, California. He was awarded a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in psychology at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA.
Dr. Burnett, The Speaker
Dr. Burnett is a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the National Association of Sports Psychologists, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. He is also a member of the National Speakers Association.
Dr. Burnett is a member of the National Speakers Association, and is active on the lecture circuit, known for his lively presentations as a keynote speaker, (Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Verizon Wireless, Missouri State High School Athletic Association, Toshiba America, Cellular One, Air Touch Cellular, Institute of International Sports, American Youth Soccer Organization, National Junior Basketball Association, Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation, and others), and as a workshop leader (AYSO, Little League, YMCA, Parks and Recreation Departments, School Districts, Juvenile Officers Associations, Insurance Adjusters Associations, National Association of Youth Sports Coaches, Psychological Associations, Counselor Associations, PTA Conferences, and others).
Following his keynote address to parents at the Rhode Island Scholar-Athlete Games in 1995, Dr. Burnett was recognized as a 1996 National Sports Ethics Fellow by the University of Rhode Island's Institute for International Sport, acknowledging his "concern and effort for maintaining ethics and a spirit of fair play in sports and society."
Dr. Burnett, the Writer
Dr. Burnett has contibuted articles to "Youth Sport Coach", the newsletter of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, and to newsletters for AYSO, National Junior Basketball Association, Southern California Amateur Hockey Association, and others. His article on "parents and sportsmanship" appeared in USA Today. He contributed a chapter, "Kids & T- Ball; What's a Parent to Do?" In The Official T- Ball USA Family Guide to T- Ball, "A Coach with Soul", in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, and "Challenger Baseball", in Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul. He contributed two chapters, “Raising Responsible Kids” and “Kids and Sports: What’s a Parent to Do?” in a book, Parenting School. His 10 item Sportsmanship Checklist for Kids, which appeared in his article, “How to Teach Youngsters to be Good Sports”, was used by the New Balance Shoe Company as part of a Sportsmanship Contest in 2005.
In addition, he has published books, booklets, and audio tapes with a positive tone, on topics covering positive parenting in family life, positive parenting and coaching in youth sports, and the psychological aspects of positive corporate management.