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:: Kelly Burris PhD

Kelly Burris, PhD, MBC

CEO | Burris Institute

Functional Emotional Fitness™ Outcomes

Upcoming Functional Emotional Fitness™ Workshops

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With a focus on research and behavioral science for over 37 years and the author of ten books on human behavior, Kelly Burris has made a substantial commitment to bringing science to the mental health industry. This is clearly represented by the Functional Emotional Fitness™ (FEF™) Process and the requirement of FEF™ training to measure outcomes at every session for 18 psychometrics, including depression, anxiety, and gut health. FEF™ is a system to benchmark normal, as the first step to creating measurable change. Defining normal breaks, the cycles of therapy, medication dependency, and produces measurable progress to desired outcomes at every session.

Functional Emotional Fitness™ is the first step in positively directing our emotions to enable other modalities to work efficiently. If Emotional Fitness (mental health) is the objective, then Functional Emotional Fitness™ is the tool needed to accomplish this objective.

Contributions to Science

  • Established a clear definition of behavioral epidemiology with 7 KQ’s.
  • Established a client-centric mental health data protocol with 3 KQ’s.
  • Clearly defined normal in mental health to establish baseline objectives for all clients.
  • Developed a mental health process based on the mechanism of thought, emotion, and behavior.
  • Eliminated the need for labels or personal history for emotionally driven mental health issues.
  • Established a system of measurement for gut health, which correlates with aberrant emotion.
  • Developed a mental health training and certification program based on a comprehensive client-centric data protocol of emotional and gut health.
  • Developed a military-centric process for PTSD, suicidality, and co-occurring disorders.
  • Developed a FEF™ process specific for ages 9-17.

Intellectual Properties

Client Properties

  • Functional Emotional Fitness™ for Adults
  • Functional Emotional Fitness™ for Warriors
  • Functional Emotional Fitness™ Ages 9-17
  • Functional Emotional Fitness™ Checklist for Adults
  • Functional Emotional Fitness™ Checklist for Warriors
  • Functional Emotional Fitness™ Checklist Ages 9-17
  • Burris Gut Health Checklist

Practitioner Properties

  • FEF™ Practitioner Guidelines for Adults
  • FEF™ Practitioner Guidelines for Warriors
  • FEF™ Practitioner Guidelines Ages 9-17


  • Functional Emotional Fitness™
  • Subconscious Restructuring™

Web Properties:

  • BurrisInstitute.com
  • BurrisConnect.com
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