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Jana Sutton
Professor
College of Health Sciences
SUGR 151
318-342-1655
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Jana P Sutton, PhD
Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences

Education

Ph D

2002, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Louisiana Monroe

MA

1999, Marriage and Family Therapy
Northeast Louisiana University

BA

1997, Psychology
University of South Carolina - Spartanburg

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jana Sutton is Program Director of Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling Studies at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is a Louisiana Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State Approved Supervisor and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is also a Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor and State Approved Supervisor. Dr. Sutton has written and presented on systemic approaches to therapy and supervision.

Licensure & Certification

LPC Approved Supervisor, Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. (2006 - Present)
LMFT Approved Supervisor, Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners. (August 19 2005 - Present)
AAMFT Approved Supervisor, AAMFT. (October 11 2004 - October 31 2019)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Louisiana. (2002 - December 31 2018)
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Louisiana. (2002 - June 30 2018)

Research Interests

Dr. Sutton's research is predominantly qualitative in nature and her research interests include: MFT training, systemic approaches to therapy and supervision, ethics, professional identity and burnout, marriages of elderly couples, sexual abuse, self-harm, suicide prevention, domestic violence, substance abuse, and collaboration with the legal system.

Recent Publications

Fix, L. W., Sutton, J. P. (2015). A Recursive Frame Analysis of Virginia Satir’s “Of Rocks and Flowers” Session. (pp. 19-35). The Satir International Journal.
Sutton, J. P., Feduccia, M. (2009). Building Momentum by Working Together (pp. 5-6). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). A New Year Welcome from the President (pp. 1-2). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ray, W., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. P. (2009). One thing leads to another - redux - Contributions to Brief Therapy of John Weakland, Richarc FIsch, & Paul Wtazlawicky (pp. 15-37). San Diego, CA: Journal of Brief, Strategic & Systemic Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). A Message from the President (pp. 1). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). What Spells Out Father. Monroe, LA: The Newstar.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). The Beautiful String of Pearls: A Family Heirloom. (pp. 2-3). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). A Message from the President: Louisiana Marriage and Family Therapy ~ Stability and Change. (pp. 1-2). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2009). Parishes of Ouachita and Morehouse: Louisiana Models for Change. Court Columns: A Special Edition of the Louisiana Supreme Court Newsletter.
Ray, W. A., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. (2009). One Thing Leads to Another, Redux: Contributions to Brief Therapy from John Weakland, Ch.E., Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D., and Richard Fisch, M.D. [Published in French]. Cahiers critiques de thérapie familiale et de pratiques de réseaux (Family Therapy and Research Journal of France).
Ray, W. A., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. (2009). One Thing Leads to Another, Redux: Contributions to Brief Therapy from John Weakland, Ch.E., Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D., and Richard Fisch, M.D. Metalogue [Published in Greek].
Ray, W., Schlanger, K., Sutton, J. P. (2009). One Thing Leads to Another, Redux: Contributions to Brief Therapy from John Weakland, Ch.E., Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D., and Richard Fisch, M.D. Journal of Brief, Strategic, and Systemic Therapy.
Sutton, J. P. (2010). President's Welcome. (pp. 1). The LAMFT Monitor: A Quarterly Publication of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ray, W., Sutton, J. P. (2010). Strategic Couple Therapy. In D. K. Carson & M. Casado-Kehoe (Eds.), Adventures in Couples Therapy: A Theory-Based Case Study Approach. Routledge, Taylor & Francis..
Sivakumaran, T., Sutton, J. P., Todd, T., Garcia, K. N. (2011). Transcending Classroom Borders: Determining Student Perceptions of Study Abroad Programs in a Teacher Education Program. National Teacher Education Journal.
Ray, W., Sutton, J. P. (2015). Brief Therapy--In the Words of Five Founding Pioneers. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation, and Training.
Sutton, J. P., Sivakumaran, T., Garcia, K., Todd, T. (2011). Transcending Classroom Borders: Determining student Perceptions of Study Abroad Programs in a Teacher Educaion Program.
Keeney, H., Keeney, B., Sutton, J. P., Moore, J. (2013). Bringing Life to Clinical Training. Zeig, Tucker, and Theisen.

Research Grants

Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "FY 2013 Juvenile Drug Court" (Funded), Sponsored By 4th JDC, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $59650. (July 2013 - Present).
Jesmin, S. S. (Co-Principal), Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "ULM Helping Educators and Learners Prevent Suicide" (Funded), Sponsored By Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $299999. (October 2009 - Present).
Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "MacArthur: Models For Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice" (Funded), Sponsored By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $385000. (February 2009 - Present).
Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "FY 2009 - Models For Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice" (), Sponsored By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $385000. (February 2009 - Present).
Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "FY 2009 - Models For Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice" (), Sponsored By John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $385000. (February 2009 - Present).
Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "FY 2012 - Juvenile Drug Court" (), Sponsored By 4th JDC, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $67800. (July 2012 - June 2013).
Sutton, J. P., "FY 2011 - Juvenile Drug Court" (), Sponsored By Fourth Judicial Court, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $78000. (July 2011 - June 2012).
Jesmin, S. S. (Co-Principal), Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "ULM Helping Educators and Learners Prevent Suicide" (Funded), Sponsored By Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $299999. (October 2009 - February 2012).
Rodriguez, R. A. (Co-Principal), Sutton, J. P. (Principal), Buffington, P. (Supporting), Foster, K. (Supporting), Gibson, F. (Supporting), "ULM Helps" (Funded), Sponsored By SAMSHA, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $. (2009 - 2012).
Sutton, J. P., "FY 2010 - Juvenile Drug Court" (), Sponsored By Fourth Judicial Court, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $78000. (July 2010 - June 2011).
Ray, W. (Principal), Sutton, J. P. (Co-Principal), "Victims of crimes and their families: Training, Counseling and Outreach" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By US Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance,, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $1190127.58. (June 1 2009 - May 31 2011).
Sutton, J. P. (Principal), "FY - 2009 Juvenile Drug Court" (Funded), Sponsored By 4th JDC, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $67500. (October 2009 - June 2010).

Awards & Honors

February 2013 Women of Excellence Award in Education and Research Nominee.

May 2012 Administrative Appreciation Award.

May 2011 Chase Professorship in Teacher Education Nominee.

April 2011 ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Service Nominee.

April 2011 Nominee-ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Service.

March 2011 Excellence in Presidential Leadership Award.

February 2009 OSPR Star of the Month.

January 2009 Elected President.

2001 YWCA Volunteer of the Year.

Courses Taught

COUN 6067Group Counseling, 2 course(s)

MAFT 5020Mrg/Family Developmt, 1 course(s)

MAFT 5099THESIS, 2 course(s)

MAFT 6010Intro Marr/Fam Therapy, 4 course(s)

MAFT 6062Human Sexuality, 1 course(s)

MAFT 6070INTERNSHIP, 10 course(s)

MAFT 7000Fam Sys:Epis Iss/Marr/Fam Ther, 5 course(s)

MAFT 7012Family Therapy Ii, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7022Social Ecology:, 3 course(s)

MAFT 7030SUPERVISION/MARR/FAM THERAPY, 3 course(s)

MAFT 7040Iss/Prob/Sys/Marr/Fam Ther Res, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7050DOCTORAL PRAC/MARR/FAM THERAPY, 6 course(s)

MAFT 7052INTERNSHIP IN MFT I & II, 18 course(s)

MAFT 7053DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP, 3 course(s)

MAFT 7099DISSERTATION, 26 course(s)