Dr. Stephen P. Stratton

Dr. Stephen P. Stratton

Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling


  • Counseling Psychology
  • Integration of Theology, Psychology, and Spiritual Formation
  • Attachment Theory and Relational Processes
  • Shame-based and Trauma-related Recovery


  • B.A., Asbury College, 1982
  • Ph.D., Auburn University, 1991
  • Licensed Psychologist, Kentucky State Board of Psychology, 1991

Stephen P. Stratton, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (KY) and Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care. He also serves as an adjunct professor at University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and at Asbury University where he was the Director of the Center for Counseling for 18 years. He earned his doctoral degree at Auburn University (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology).

He has provided psychological services to adolscents and adults in hospitals, community mental health centers, and college student services since 1983. He is currently hosting a monthly webinar series for the Kentucky Psychological Association (Religious, Spirituality, and the Clinical Practice of Psychology). Dr. Stratton counts as areas of special interest and training the integration of counseling and Christianity, human relational attachments, and helping survivors of past traumas. His research interests include forgiveness, contemplative and meditative practices, and college student life. In 2010, Dr. Statton was named “Psychologist of the Year” by the Kentucky Psychologist Association for his work in psychology and the state community.