Barbara Stratton is in her third year as a learning specialist with the University of Miami Athletics Department.Stratton coordinates the Freshman Academic Success Transition (FAST) for freshman football student-athletes and administers skill assessment instruments to identify student-athletes with learning difficulties. She also recommends selected student-athletes for testing through a licensed psychologist, while coordinating the testing with psychologists and the Office of Disability (ODS).
Aside from her duties in the academic department, Stratton serves as an instructor for University of Miami Experience (UMX) courses at the university and is the chair of the Ethics Committee for athletics.
Prior to arriving at UM, Stratton worked as a Director and Therapist for Psychological Associates in Sandusky, Ohio, as well as a Resource Specialist/Department Chair for the Inglewood Public School system in Los Angeles. She published a chapter in the book “Police Selections and Trainings: The Role of Psychology”.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Stratton earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State, while going on to earn a master’s in education, specializing in learning disabilities from Boston University, a master’s in counseling-psychology from USC and a Ph.D. in psychology from California Coast University.She and her husband John have four sons — Jim, Matt, Glennon and Jonathan. Jonathan was a member of the University of Miami basketball team for four years (2004-08) and graduated from UM in 2008.