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Dr. Stephen P. Stratton

steve_strattonProfessor of Counseling and Pastoral Care


  • Counseling and Psychology
  • Integration of Theology, Counseling/Psychology, and Spiritual Formation
  • Attachment Theory, Relational Processes, and Affective Neuroscience
  • Meditational and Prayer-based Practices


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

Stephen P. Stratton, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care and a licensed psychologist (KY).  He also serves as an adjunct professor at Asbury University where he was the Director of the Center for Counseling for 18 years.  He is an Approved Supervisor for the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and a Health Service Provider/Supervisor for the Kentucky Board of Psychology.  Dr. Stratton holds membership in both counseling and psychology professional guilds, and he regularly presents at the state, national, and international conferences of these organizations.  He has moderated an annual webinar series for the Kentucky Psychological Association since 2008.

Dr. Stratton has provided psychological services to adolescents and adults in hospitals, community mental health centers, and college student services since 1983.  Dr. Stratton counts as areas of special interest and training the integration of counseling and Christianity, human relational attachments, and contemplative prayer.  His research interests include forgiveness, contemplative and meditative practices, and the experience of sexual minorities at faith-based colleges and universities.  He is a trainer and seminar director for the Prepare-Enrich Inventory (Life Innovations, Inc.) since 2010, and he is a facilitator of Immunity to Change workshops (Minds at Work, Inc.) since 2013.  

In 2012, Dr. Stratton was presented the “Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award” by Asbury Theological Seminary for “consistent excellence in the classroom.”  In 2010, he was named “Psychologist of the Year” by the Kentucky Psychologist Association for his work in psychology and the state community.

He is married to Carol (Lehikoinen) Stratton and they enjoy connections with their adult daughter, son and daughter-in-law.  The Strattons are active in premarital preparation and marriage enrichment training.  They are active members at Nicholasville United Methodist Church.