Dr. Burns is a research assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health and is board-certified in preventive medicine. She had six years of evaluation and research experience with Community Epidemiology & Program Evaluation Group (CEPEG) from 2006-2012, primarily co-leading prior waves of a Colorado population-based cross-sectional survey, The Attitudes and Behaviors Survey (TABS). She was PI and completed a study funded by a private public health grant investigating distribution of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) through the Colorado QuitLine. Then, Dr. Burns returned to clinical practice doing primary care for three and a half years in Durango, Colorado. In summer 2016, she returned to CEPEG and continues to do clinical practice as well in occupational medicine. Her research interests include tobacco cessation, tobacco use in chronic disease, and disparities in tobacco use and effects.