Michael Burford, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor
East Tennessee State University
Dr. Mike Burford is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at East Tennessee State University and serves as the volunteer social worker at the Gary Shealy ALS Clinic in Johnson City, TN. He has an MSSW and PhD (social work) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also received an MS (Educational Psychology/Adult Education) and BA (Psychology) from the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed clinical social worker. Dr. Burford has 26 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults that suffer from mental illness. He has worked in in-patient psychiatric hospital and emergency department settings, congregate care settings, an outpatient psychiatric clinic, and private clinical practice. Dr. Burford is a faculty member in the ETSU Department of Social Work Master’s Program, teaching clinical and research classes. He has also taught third and fourth year psychiatry residents, teaching them advanced psychotherapy. He supervises and mentors master’s level clinicians working toward clinical licensure. Dr. Burford has publications in refereed journals and has presented his research at national professional conferences.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease with no cure. An interdisciplinary care model is the treatment standard for patients with ALS (PALS). An interprofessional ALS clinic provides PALS and their families with evidence-based care that focuses on improved quality of life and optimization of medical services. This lightening talk will highlight how an interprofessional group of providers serving in an out-patient ALS clinic shifted their practice during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure patients and their families received the care and guidance needed to navigate their…