Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center (GWCAC)

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The Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center provides child and adolescent clinical assessments, psychological testing and referrals to community treatment and support providers based on identified needs.

Scheduling Assessments
When you call to schedule an assessment, our program specialist will collect a variety of important information about your child. Try to provide as much information as you can during the call to ensure your family is matched to a qualified assessor who can best meet your needs.

Assessment Process
Our licensed therapist will assess your child to determine his/her needs. Once complete, we will make suggestions and recommendations for treatment such as outpatient counseling, case management, psychological testing, and other services.

Visit the Greater Williamsburg Network of Care to find services and resources in your area.

Specialized Assessments

  • Mental Health: mood, behavioral, developmental, attention/concentration
  • Substance Use: screening and treatment recommendations
  • Trauma: impact of abuse, bullying, aftermath of an event or loss
  • Intelligence and adaptive functioning
  • Court-ordered: mental health evaluation and parental capacity


Williamsburg Health Foundation Support
The Williamsburg Health Foundation has generously provided financial support for children's mental health planning and GWCAC since 2008.

    Meet Our Staff


Dr. Lori A. Burkett

GWCAC Licensed Therapist

Education and Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP)
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology, Regent University
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Regent University
  • Master of Arts in Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, Evangel University
  • 20+ years of experience

Specialty/Area of Expertise

Dr. Burkett has provided individual, group and family therapy with adults, children and adolescents in residential, correctional, community, and private settings. Committed to ethical and effective treatment, Dr. Burkett invests time in a wide variety of clinical, teaching, and research experiences across diverse settings. She is published in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented at conferences on topics related to forgiveness, human sexuality, childhood abuse and sexual trauma, interpersonal violence, training and ethical issues related to clinical services, group therapies, and religious diversity.

Lori Burkett 2018 Blue  

Additional Information

Dr. Burkett specializes in psychological assessment and evaluation, trauma-informed care, forensics, adolescent substance abuse, spirituality and faith issues, and LGBTQ issues. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division of Trauma Psychology (APA, Division 56), Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (APA, Division 36), and the International Association for Trauma Professionals.



Jessica Furiness

GWCAC Assessment Specialist

Education and Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMHP)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling, Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Virginia Tech
  • 8+ years of experience

Specialty/Area of Expertise

Ms. Furiness specializes in working with adolescents with behavioral and emotional concerns, depression, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders. She has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care. Additionally, she utilizes art therapy techniques to assist the therapeutic process.

Jessica Furiness  

Additional Information

Ms. Furiness has experience working with children exposed to domestic violence, youth in the detention system, after school therapeutic day treatment, and intensive in-home services.



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