Ronnie Burak Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
PY 4593


I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida. I received my Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, California in 1979, and have been in practice for 30 years. I am a member of both the American Psychological Association and the Florida Psychological Association. I am a Registered Art Therapist and a member of The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

I was a painting major in undergraduate school and received my BFA from Boston University. After college I married, and my husband Carl and I spent two years working on the Navajo Reservation in the city Tuba City, Arizona: he as a physician in the Public Health Service; me working with Navajo children using art techniques as a way to help them cope with living away from their families in a federal government boarding school.

"There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few that catch my heart. It is those that I consider to pursue."
Tim Redmond.

After leaving the reservation I did graduate work at Hahnemann Medical School in art therapy, and then returned to San Francisco and worked in a substance abuse program as an art therapist.

I soon realized that my interest in the field of therapy had broadened, and I decided to return to graduate school to get my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I completed my graduate education in 1979.

In 1980, I moved with Carl, (who became a Psychiatrist), and our two year old son to Bennington, Vermont. We started a practice, lived in Bennington for 11 years and enjoyed the small town New England life -especially the skiing. However, in 1990 we felt a yearning for the ocean and warmer weather.

In 1991 we left the cold and moved to Jacksonville. We have lived in Jacksonville for the last 20 years and have practiced in Jacksonville Beach.

We love living and working near the ocean. We own a professional office building in Jacksonville Beach close to JTB and have other therapists with a variety of specialties working with us. We are all in private practice, but our practices complement each other.

Over the years I have taught in a variety of academic institutions. While living in San Francisco I directed the art therapy program at Lone Mountain College and also taught at the California College for Arts and Crafts in Oakland. In Vermont I taught psychology and art therapy courses at Southern Vermont College. When we moved to Jacksonville I taught psychology courses in the graduate and undergraduate program at the University of North Florida.

I also do work outside of traditional clinical practice. I take special pride two such areas.
For more than eighteen years I have worked with the Baptist Beaches Cardiac Rehabilitation Program developing and conducting a therapeutic program in mind-body medicine, helping individuals to re-frame their lives following a serious cardiac event.

I have long been interested in the relationship of emotion and attitude to sports. For eight years, I worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars, facilitating the Rookie Success Program. I continue to consult with the team and work with players on an as needed basis.

In my free time I enjoy photography and love to dance, hike and kayak. Carl and I are movie fanatics and also enjoy being out with our friends dancing and listening to music. We love travelling and having new adventures.