Professional Bio


  • Post-doctoral Fellowship: Research, Evaluation and Policy Psychology, University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Chicago, Magna cum Laude
  • B.A., Psychology, emphasis in Leadership, William Jewell College, Magna cum Laude

I strongly believe that strong pedagogy skills, teaching methodology, passion for the topic and real invested care in students are invaluable qualities in a professor. I am extremely intentional about how I teach class because it is a tremendous privilege to do this work. I believe that teaching style and process can be as impactful as the content that is delivered. In order to teach, I think it is necessary to have lived the experience and have fully embraced the topic from multiple perspectives. During the past seven years I have taught counseling students and marriage and family therapy students at Regis and family medicine residents at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. I also have a small clinical practice in primary care and supervision caseload. 

My role as an educator is to encourage reflective thinking processes about the subject matter and to challenge each individual’s fundamental assumptions. I enjoy when students can look at one topic such as diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions through several different perspectives. I like to engage ambivalence and encourage the dialectic between what a student may feel about course material and how research, society or student may hold the opposite viewpoint.

I have a passion for the health and wellbeing that considers the whole person. Mental, physical, spiritual and relational health can be nourished and acknowledged in a dynamic reciprocal way in healthcare. This integration can have a positive and powerful impact on the lives of patients. In both faculty roles, there are varying emphases on the body, biological processes, disease, and pharmacology. I am fortunate to teach, learn and practice in both environments. I am also aware of how it is necessary it is to study and learn about how all of these elements impact health, well-being and satisfaction. I feel blessed to be able to teach about ideas that directly inspire and impact me and the lives of others.

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Certifications & Expertise

Practice Licensure

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LP), State of Colorado

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)  
  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Gender issues in romantic relationships
Relationship satisfaction
Medical education
Integrated healthcare
Health behavior change
Counselor education

Recent Publications

Cates, J., Christensen, T., Beres, S., Stratton, J., Lonneman-Doroff, T., & Reynolds, J. (2013).     Engaging children in family therapy: Using play RESPECTFULly. Family Therapy: The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Newsletter, May/June.

Recent Presentations

Stratton, J.S. & Buck. Couples Counseling in Primary Care. (March 2015). Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Falardeau, A.,  Buck, K., Brown Levey, S., & Stratton, J.S. (March 2015). Changing Your Status to "It's Complicated": A Family Medicine Residents' Curriculum for Partnering with Complex Patients to Improve Care and Decrease Cost. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Brown, Levey, S., Hubley, S., Buck, K., Seymour, D. Stratton, J. S., Taylor, D., Weiner, A. (January, 2015). Mirror, mirror on the wall. Does your practice do it all? Association of Psychologist in Academic Health Centers. Accepted. Atlanta, GA.

Stratton, J.S., DeBell, C., Cates, J., Huntington, J. Sablatura, P. (October, 2014) Uh oh!  Missed opportunities, do-overs, and lessons learned in counselor supervision. Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Jackson Hole, WY.

Stratton, J. & Cuccia, J. (March 8, 2014) The phenomenon of idiopathic pain: A mindbody illustration and the essential role of the counselor in treating pain.  The Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference, Creating Community through Social Justice: Unlocking Invisible Fences.  Denver, CO. 

Brown Levey, S., Green, L., Stratton, J.S., Cifuentes, M., Seymour, D. (2013). Improving Integration: Making Better Use of Behavioral Health Provider Skills. Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 15th Annual Conference.

Cates, J., Christensen, T., Beres, S., Stratton, J.S., & Reynolds, J. (2013). Engaging children in family therapy: Using play RESPECTFULly. AAMFT National Conference. Portland, OR.

Stratton, J. S. & Seymour, D. (2012). Engaging residents in the PCMH curriculum: One unified goal. The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine. Chicago, IL.

Stratton, J. S. & Huntington, J.  (2012). Training Counseling in Mind Body Health. ASERVIC Conference on Spirituality and Counseling. Sante Fe, NM.

Seymour, D., Stratton, J. S., Taylor, G., Mami, C. (2011). Teaching and Measuring Health Behavior Change Curriculum. The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine. Chicago, IL.

Stratton, J. S. & Medina, S. (2010). The Recipe for Successful Couple’s Counseling: Does Compromise or Individuation Help Cook up the Best Relationship? Colorado Counseling Association. Denver, CO.

Seymour, D., & Stratton, J. S. (2010). Countertransference in the Doctor Patient Relationship. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine. Vancouver, B.C.

Seymour, D., Stratton, J. S., & Clampitt, D. (2009). Lights, Camera, Action (or Contemplation): Facilitating Health Behavior Change Conversations in Family Medicine Residents. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine. Denver, CO.

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Awards & Recognition

  • U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) Grant, 2008-2014
    • Helped write and secure two separate multi-million dollar grants given over eight years to address the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity in a high risk urban community
    • Provide mental and physical health services to patients and training to University of Colorado Denver family medicine residents and deliver these services in health clinics and hospitals


Community Involvement & Service

Service to Profession

  • Journal Article Reviewer: The Clinical Supervisor: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, Theory, and Practice, 2009-present

Service to University

  • Regis Neighborhood Health - Founding member