James Madison University

A. Renee Staton, Ph.D., LPC


PHOTO: Renee Staton
  • Office: Johnston Hall 116
  • Phone: 540-568-7867
  • Email: statonar@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 7401
    800 S. Main St.
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Ph.D.   University of Virginia
  • M.Ed. James Madison University
  • B.S. James Madison University


  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Prior to pursuing my Ph.D. in Counselor Education I taught public school and then served as Coordinator of Leadership Education and Development at James Madison University.
  • In my doctoral training at the University of Virginia, I had the opportunity to work with a diverse client load and gained valuable experience working with women and elderly clients. I also coordinated the Personal and Career Development Center clinic at UVA and supervised master’s level counselors. My dissertation research explored the experience of counselor supervision, and I was awarded the William van Hoose Award in Counselor Education by the Curry School of Education.
  • My first faculty position was as Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program at California State University, Fresno. In this position I taught multicultural counseling, group counseling, and counseling techniques to students in CSUF’s Marriage and Family Counseling and School Counseling Programs. I also had the opportunity to work with clients with a range of needs and from diverse backgrounds. My colleagues and I collaborated on a number of clinical, supervision, and research projects focusing on creative and collaborative approaches to intervention. My experiences at CSUF furthered my long-term interest in multicultural and social justice issues in counseling, which I have been able to pursue in my most recent position at James Madison University.
  • I moved back to Virginia in 1999 and have worked since that time as a faculty member in the James Madison University Counseling Programs, teaching multicultural counseling, supervision and consultation, and advanced development counseling. I also taught practicum for several years and still appreciate the opportunity to provide counseling supervision. While in Virginia I have occasionally had a small private-practice, seeing primarily pro bono and self-paying clients with a range of issues, specializing in women’s concerns and family issues.
  • I currently live in Staunton with Steve Grande, who is Director of Civic Engagement of Mary Baldwin College, and our two daughters, Genevieve and Georgia. We enjoy traveling and exploring.

Scholarly Interests/Research Topics

  • Multiculturalism and social justice
  • Women’s concerns and family issues
  • Selected scholarship includes:
    • Briggs, M. K., Gilligan, T. D., Staton, A. R., & Barron, K. E. (2010). A collaborative approach to evaluating well-being in the middle school setting. Journal of School Counseling, 8(8). Retrieved from http://www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v8n8.pdf
    • Briggs, M. K., Staton, A. R., & Gilligan, T. D.  (2009). The Girls’ Leadership Experience Camp: A parallel process of leadership skill development for school counselors-in-training. Professional School Counseling, 13, 125-134.
    • Staton, A. R., Evans. W. E., & Lucey, C. F. (in press). Understanding Social Class in the U.S. In Sturm, D.C., & Gibson, D.M.  (Eds.).  (2012). Social class and the helping professions: A clinician's guide to navigating the landscape of class in America.  New York:  Routledge.
    • Staton, A. R., & Wang, F. (2011, June).  The adolescent brain and education abroad: Risky Business? Paper presented at the Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice Institute, Evanston, IL.
    • Torkelson, S., Gilligan, T.D., Warner, P., & Staton, A.R. (2010, March). Effectiveness and training practices of school based problem-solving teams. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.