Dr. Sutton’s Current Vita

VITA of James Sutton, EdD



Birthdate: James DeWayne Sutton, born in Houston, Texas, December 13, 1944

Marital Status: Wife is Bobbie Lou Richardson Sutton

Children: James Ryan Sutton and Kathryn Nicole Sutton Brown

Present Address: 227 Bunker Hill, P.O. Box 672, Pleasanton, TX 78064



1972 — Bachelor of Education (with Honors), Southwest Texas State university. Major areas of study were disorders of speech, hearing and language.

1972 — Speech and Hearing Therapy certification, Texas Education Agency.


1975 — Master of Education, Southwest Texas State University. Major in educational psychology, including an internship in public schools, residential, custodial and rehabilitative facilities for the handicapped, retarded and emotionally/behaviorally disordered.

1975 — Psychological Associate certification, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

1976 — Associate School Psychologist certification, Texas Education Agency.


1981 — Doctor of Education, Brigham Young University, Department of Educational Psychology. Dissertation: Passive aggressive features of oppositional disorder: effects of specific training on teacher attitudes toward these behaviors in students.

1983 — Professional Counselor licensure, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

1983 — Professional Supervisor certification, Texas Education Agency.

1983 — Psychologist certification, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

1984 — School Psychologist certification, Texas Education Agency.

1985 — Psychologist licensure, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

1991 — Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist, Texas Certification Board of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

1997 — Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

1998 — Certified Speaking Professional, National Speakers Association

2000 — Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor, Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (This credential replaced the Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist, and was put on inactive status at Dr. Sutton’s request in 2002.)

2014 — Granted Emeritus Member status by the National Speakers Association

Past Employment

1966-1970 — United States Naval Security Group, USN. Leadership experience in and out of combat zones. Directed two TAD detachments to DaNang, Vietnam (First Radio Battalion, Third Marine Amphibious Force). Numerous commendations, including Presidential Unit Citation and personal decorations, including the Navy Achievement Medal. Freedom’s Foundation Award winner, 1967.

1972-1975 — Special Education teacher and speech therapist, Jackson Middle School, San Antonio, Texas.

1975-1978 — Associate School Psychologist for Cluster IV Pupil Appraisal Center, San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity performed psychological and educational appraisals for students referred for academic and/or behavioral difficulties, and wrote and coordinated plans for remediation and/or special services placement. Also directed the activities of psychological interns. Was appraisal representative to Mission Road Foundation for the Developmentally Handicapped.

1978-1985 — Associate School Psychologist/School Psychologist, Atascosa-McMullen Pupil Appraisal Cooperative, Pleasanton, Texas. Helped to bring a two-county special education cooperative into existence. Performed appraisal and supportive services of a psychological nature to teachers as well as referred students and their families. Assisted in the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans of students identified as handicapped.

Past Consultation/Staff Experience

1985-1991 — Served as a special education consultant to El Campo-Louise Coop, East Wharton County Coop, Goliad Coop, Menard Coop and Region III Education Service Center, all in south and south east Texas. In this capacity did follow-up assessments on youngsters referred for emotional/behavioral problems, and helped schools design plans to best serve the needs of these youngsters. Terminated these contracts to concentrate on speaking and writing at a state and national level.

1985-1991 — Served as consultant to 81/218th Judicial District in Texas. Worked with both adult and juvenile probation, and did the assessment components of pre-sentencing investigations. Terminated these contracts to concentrate on speaking and writing at a state and national level.

1986 – 1996 — Consulting psychologist to Buckner Treatment Center, San Antonio. This was a residential treatment facility that provided around-the-clock, long-term care for emotionally/behaviorally disabled youth. The treatment center closed down in 1996.

1987-1991 — Staff psychologist to Silvis Grove Chemical Dependency Treatment Centers at Winter Garden Medical Center in Frio County and Shepperd Memorial Hospital in Burnet County. Assessed incoming patients, assisted with individual/group therapies and consulted with staff regarding patient care and treatment. Theses contracts were terminated when both facilities closed down in 1991.

Present Activities

Private Practice– Currently licensed to practice psychology, with offices at 227 Bunker Hill, Pleasanton, Texas.

Consulting Practice– Certifies peace officers for Atascosa, Medina and Zavala Counties, Texas. Also provides consultation services to parents and schools on a case-by-case basis.

Continuing Education Trainer– Provides in-service and continuing education training to counselors, teachers, social workers, and juvenile probation/RTC staff and other allied child service professionals. Has presented at four dozen major universities in the United States. Topics typically deal with troubled children and adolescents.

Author/Speaker– Has written numerous books, guides, and workbooks, and coordinates these topics and materials in presentations to educators, child service agencies, associations and universities. Is a Emeritus Member of the National Speakers Association and is a Continuing Education Provider in Texas.

Internet Presence– Since 2011, has been the founder and host of The Changing Behavior Network, a radio-style podcast and blog website supporting the emotional and behavioral well-being of young people and their families. In this capacity, he interviews guest authors and experts who have contributed to this field of work and study.