Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Programs Director and Director of Clinical Training
LAMFT Past President
Jana P. Sutton, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and an AAMFT/LMFT/LPC Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Sutton is Program Director and Director of Clinical Training and Services at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Marriage and Family Therapy Programs, where she is also an Assistant Professor. She works very closely with the legal system, having developed a juvenile drug court in Ouachita Parish and having recently secured a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative.
Dr. Sutton’s main areas of expertise are the application of systemically focused models of treatment to domestic violence, adolescent substance abuse, and group therapy. She has published on interactional approaches to brief therapy and has presented at the local, state, national, and international levels on such topics as those mentioned previously and on professional and legal issues such as child custody, sexual abuse, oppositional youth, conflict resolution, and family therapy theory and education. Dr. Sutton has an interest in the use of story in therapy, which stems largely from her interest in qualitative approaches to research and the historical influence of cultural anthropological methodological approaches to gathering and interpreting data. Dr. Sutton has been greatly influenced by the works of Gregory Bateson, Bradford Keeney, Steve de Shazer, and John Weakland.
Dr. Sutton has served on the LAMFT Board since 2005.