Dominique Burns, PhD, LPC, NCC
Statewide Human Trafficking Director
Dominique Burns, PhD, LPC (OH), NCC joined ONCAC in 2019. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in December 2018 from the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Burns received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2015) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to receiving her BA in Psychology (2012) from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Burns is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), she has clinical experience within clinical agencies, non-profit facilities, and college-counseling settings in Las Vegas, as well as North and Southwest Ohio. Previously, she served as a victim advocate and professional counselor for a community agency in Clark county serving underserved and underrepresented populations including survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. Her professional experience includes counseling, teaching, research, and serving marginalized and underrepresented populations. Dr. Burns has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences on topics relating to advocacy, counselor education, human trafficking, sexual violence, and social justice in addition to published peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Burns became a research intern at the Human Trafficking and Social Justice institute under the direction of Dr. Celia Williamson in 2016. Her doctoral dissertation explored independently licensed professional counselors’ perceptions, understanding, and lived experience with human trafficking funding provided by a state grant. Dr. Burns is passionate about the anti-trafficking movement. She continues efforts to combat human trafficking through training, education, and research to improve service outcomes and support for survivors of human trafficking. In her downtime, Dr. Burns loves being outdoors, yoga, dance, poetry, reading, and spending time with family and friends.