PHOTO: Renee Staton

A. Renee Staton, Ph.D., LPC

CMH Counseling Program Director


  • 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, cross-cultural competence, and social justice
  • Gender and family issues
  • Selected scholarship includes:
    • Kielty, M. L., Staton, A. R., & Gilligan, T. D. (2017). Cultivating spiritual strength in children and adolescents through contemplative practices in K–12 school settings. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 1 – 11.
    • Kielty, M. L., Gilligan, T. D., Staton, A. R., & Curtis, N. (2017). Cultivating Mindfulness with Third Grade Students via Classroom-Based Interventions. Contemporary School Psychology, 1 – 6.
    • Staton, A. R. & Grande, S. E. (2017). Enhancing global community engagement through constructivist approaches to education. In R. D. Williams & A. Lee (Eds.), Engaging dissonance: Developing mindful global citizenship in higher education, (pp. 3-24).
    • Marrs, S., & Staton, A. R., (2016). Negotiating Difficult Decisions: Coming Out vs. Passing in the Workplace. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 10(1), 40-54.
    • Staton, A. R., DeNoble, M., & Gilligan, T. D. (2015). School Mental Health Professionals and GLBTQ Youth: Professional Experiences and Recommendations. Virginia Counselors Journal, 34.