John S. Carton, Ph.D. - Board Certified/Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Education:
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Wake Forest University, with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi Honor Societies
  • M.A., Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Emory University (specializing in CBT)
  • Clinical Externship in Pediatric Psychology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (specializing in behavioral therapies for children with medical conditions)
  • Clinical Internship/Residency, Duke University Medical Center (full year of inpatient and outpatient DBT & CBT training plus health psychology)
  • Postdoctoral Training in Forensic Clinical Psychology at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI
 
Research:
  • In addition to nearly 10 years of training in cognitive-behavioral psychology to earn my doctorate, postdoctoral certification, and licensure, my dissertation was on behavior therapy and I have completed many other research projects on the application of behavioral psychology for clinical benefits, as well as personality development, motivation, and social skills. My research is published in the top behavioral psychology journals, such as Behavior Therapy, The Behavior Analyst, and The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Combined, my studies have been cited over 1,000 times in the clinical literature. Many therapists will advertise as being trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, but really have minimal training and questionable expertise. To truly develop expertise, it takes time and dedication, as well as a command of the research literature. Why? Because this form of therapy is empirically-based, not just theoretical, and new techniques are being studied and developed every day.  

Licensure:
  • Board Certified/Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Georgia and Michigan
  • (GA #2307; MI #6301016260)
  • National Health Care Provider (NPI # 1881945855)
 
 
Treatment Philosophy:
  • I believe therapy involves learning new skills, gaining insight, and ultimately changing one's behavior to meet one's goals. In addition, therapy involves a respectful, trusting, collaborative relationship between therapist and client. I greatly appreciate and value the trust that my clients place in me and I strive to provide them with the best possible service that reflects the ethical and clinical standards of my profession. All of the services I provide have been studied extensively in the research literature for many years. As a behavioral psychologist, one unique feature of my practice is that, depending on the presenting issue, I am willing to meet clients outside of the office to help implement therapy skills in the natural environment. For example, when I design exposure trials for OCD and phobias, I routinely make "house calls" and go to other locations in the real world where my clients need assistance. These appointments are sometimes called "in-vivo" prolonged exposure sessions. 

  • Another unique feature of my practice is that I am a Professor of Psychology at a local university, where I teach and conduct research on mental illness, personality development, motivation, social skills, psychotherapy, and positive psychology. I have published and/or presented over 75 articles on these topics and I draw upon my extensive research and teaching experience when working with my clients. I firmly believe in educating my clients about the therapy process and working collaboratively with them to treat symptoms and improve quality of life.

  • In addition to normal clinical services, because of my 20 years of work in higher education, I regularly consult with college-bound clients on matters related to college applications and selection. In addition to the universities I attended, I have served on the faculty at small liberal arts colleges (e.g., Beloit College) and larger research universities (e.g., Emory University). At my current university I serve as the chairperson of the Division of Behavioral Sciences. I regularly participate in scholarship weekends, recruitment activities, and campus life events. This experience helps me provide an insider's perspective to students and their parents as they consider their college options.

  • My training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) took place over the course of an entire year-long residency at Duke University Medical Center in 1995, where I completed the CBT-DBT primary rotation and health psychology-behavioral medicine secondary rotation. My mentor and supervisor was Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Clive Robins, himself a co-author with Dr. Marsha Linehan on several DBT manuscripts and a BehavioralTech Foundation DBT Master Trainer. During this year I conducted daily DBT inpatient and outpatient group therapies, as well as individual sessions. I also participated in DBT peer supervision meetings and research grant meetings. Over the next 20 years I enhanced my DBT skills and offered individual and group sessions in the Atlanta area. Most recently I offer DBT only on an individual therapy basis (i.e., I do not currently offer groups). 

  • My two-year postdoctoral training was in a forensic mental hospital. At this facility I learned to perform a variety of forensic psychological tasks, such as competency and insanity evaluations. I followed this training with additional research and course development, to the point where I now regularly teach a Forensic Psychology course and a Psychology and Law course at my university. While this is a small component of my clinical career, I am available to provide forensic services and expert testimony if the case falls in my areas of expertise.
  
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