M. Duncan Stanton, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Spalding University
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, United State


M. Duncan Stanton, Professor Emeritus at Spalding University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology, research and education administration.

Dr. Stanton’s upbringing played a large role in his eventual decision to go into the field of psychology as his father was a scientist, as well as a scientist and mathematics teacher. Along with his mother, who had an outgoing personality, Dr. Stanton became interested in the workings of the human mind which later shaped his career path. In his career, Dr. Stanton spent many years as both an educator and psychologist. One of his earliest positions was working at the Chief Psychologist at Fort Dix from 1968 to 1969 and then with the 98th Medical Detachment in Vietnam for the following year. Upon returning to the United States, he worked in similar positions at Fort Meade and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 1972, he began his foray into academia, joining the faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as an associate professor. Throughout the next several decades, Dr. Stanton worked at a variety of institutions such as the Family Institute of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and the Wilmington Medical Center. He joined Spalding University in 1997 after working at both the University of Rochester and Harvard Medical School.

In his own academic pursuits, Dr. Stanton first attended Alfred University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1962. He continued his education at The George Washington University, receiving a Master of Arts in clinical psychology in 1964. In 1968, Dr. Stanton earned a PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland. He is a certified psychologist in the State of New York and a diplomate of clinical psychology at the American Board of Professional Psychology. Furthermore, he is a diplomate of family psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He considers the highlight of his career to be the first time he was invited to present at a conference in Canada. After this invitation, he received numerous others, resulting in 27 speaking engagements and in different countries. Another highlight of his career was being invited to The White House to consult from 1977 to 1981.

Dr. Stanton has been the chair of various review committees, task forces and site visit teams for the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1975, and with the National Institute of Mental Health with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Since 1970, he has served on more than 75 governmental and private agency advisory boards. In recognition of his work, Dr. Stanton has received such awards as induction to the Schenectady City School District Hall of Fame in 2008 and an Award of Appreciation from the Kentucky Division in 2000. He is also the recipient of a Cumulative Contribution in Family Therapy Research Award, a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, the Legacy Circle Award and an Award in Appreciation for Dedication to the Enhancement of Family Life in addition to many others.

Throughout his career, Dr. Stanton has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations. These organizations include Family Systems Research, the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Family Psychology, the National Council on Family Relations, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Family Therapy Association, the Association Sistemica de Buenos Aires and the South African Institute of Marital and Family Therapy. He has been a grantee of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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