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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).  Previous to his full-time appointment at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2006, he served 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 is a trainer and seminar director for the Prepare-Enrich Inventory (Life Innovations, Inc.) since 2010, and he is a trained facilitator of Immunity to Change workshops (Minds at Work, Inc.) since 2013.  

Dr. Stratton has provided psychological services to adolescents and adults in hospitals, community mental health agencies, pastoral settings, and college and university centers since 1983.  Dr. Stratton has special interest and training in the areas of human relational attachments, contemplative prayer, and the integration of counseling and Christianity.  

His current research interests include, first, contemplative/meditative practices and professional self-care.  His most recent publication in the American Counseling Association journal, Counseling and Values was entitled Mindfulness and Contemplation: Secular and Religious Traditions in Western Context.  He is presently leading a study, in collaboration with the Kentucky Counseling Association, to consider the use of self-care practices among the membership of that organization.  Second, he is part of a research team investigating the experience of sexual minorities at faith-based colleges and universities.  He is a research affiliate with the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, where he helps to facilitate a longitudinal study looking at the undergraduate years through the alumni years of same sex attracted students at Christian colleges and universities across the United States. 

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 Psychological Association for “his innovative teaching and outstanding scientist-practitioner model[ing]” in the state.

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 leaders in worship and laity training at Nicholasville United Methodist Church.