Barbara Stratton is in her second year as a Learning Specialist with the Academic Department within the University of Miami Athletics Department.
One of Stratton’s duties at UM includes coordinating the Freshman Academic Success Transition (FAST) for freshman football student-athletes. She is also responsible for selecting and administering skill assessment instruments to identify student-athletes with learning difficulties. She also recommends selected student-athletes for testing through a licensed psychologist, in addition to coordinating testing with psychologists and then coordinating with the Office of Disability (ODS).
Stratton monitors student-athletes with accommodations, and meets with coaches about student-athletes with students in the FAST program and with accommodations. Aside from those duties in the academic department, Stratton serves as an instructor for UMX courses at the university, and is the Chair of the Ethics Committee for Athletics.
Prior to arriving at UM, Stratton has 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 has been published in a chapter in the book Police Selections and Trainings: The Role of Psychology.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Barbara Stratton earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University, while going on to earn her M.A. in Education specializing in Learning Disabilities from Boston University. She would also achieve a M.S. Degree in Counseling-Psychology from the University of Southern California. Her latest academic honor has been receiving her Ph.D. in Psychology from California Coast University.
She is married to husband John, and the couple has four sons (Jim, Matt, Glennon and Jonathan). Jonathan Stratton attended UM and was a member of the University of Miami basketball team from 2004-08.