Dr. Grayce Marie Stratton is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 21668) who evaluates and treats cognitive and emotional problems and coaches and advises regarding work and life challenges. She employs state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and relies on the latest research and clinical outcomes in the fields of neuroscience, physical medicine, and psychology to guide her diagnostic, guidance, psychotherapeutic, and brainwave biofeedback work.
After attending Wellesley College near Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Stratton worked for Harvard University, initially as an administrative assistant on the Dean’s staff of the Harvard Law School and subsequently as a medical research chairman’s assistant in a clinical service at one of the Harvard teaching hospitals. She went on to become the staff administrator in the Neuropathology Department of the Harvard Medical School. During the same period she completed linguistics and advanced mathematics coursework at Harvard College and MIT.
At the age of 23, Dr. Stratton was appointed by the Harvard Medical School Dean to be the medical school staff representative to a committee formed to investigate the feasibility of Harvard’s extending its clinical care services into the Boston-Roxbury neighborhood surrounding the medical school campus. This review committee, chaired by the pre-eminent medical economist Rashi Fein, was also comprised of a member of the Roxbury community, a medical school student, and a small number of medical school faculty, including Nobel laureate Dr. David Hubel. Involvement in the work of this committee sparked a lifelong interest in community health.
While working on the medical school campus Dr. Stratton met and married a newly graduated physician about to join the house staff at Harbor General Hospital in Los Angeles. After relocating with him to Southern California, she became a social worker for the County of Los Angeles in the South Central Los Angeles inner city (Watts district). Although illuminating, this work was frustrating to her in that the “system”, beleaguered by underfunding and bureaucratic logjams, had become notably unresponsive to the plight of the socially, educationally, and economically handicapped poor it was intended to serve. This recognition led to the realization that improvements in social welfare relied on the real purposes and knowledge base of governmental leadership, in turn prompting a return to school for graduate work that would eventually qualify her for higher level authority to affect policy.
Some of Dr. Stratton’s studies involved research through the department of psychology at UCLA and led to her participation in a project focused on a little known and, at-that-time, rare condition called autism. The project was designed to ‘shape’ lacking social behaviors in autistic children through the application of the learning principles of operant conditioning. By chance, the preceptor of the study was Dr. Ivar Lovaas, a currently renowned UCLA professor responsible for pioneering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). This is a highly praised, almost universally utilized, early intervention for many of the behavioral and communication deficits of the disorder. The project, conducted at Camarillo State Hospital with severely afflicted institutionalized children, formed the basis for the present ABA approach.
Dr. Stratton continued her health and welfare training to include health services management coursework at the UCLA School of Public Health. This was followed upon by 2 years of staff employment and 5 years of board leadership in the public health field at what is presently known as the Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, California, an organization founded as a free clinic delivering no-cost health screening examinations to older adults.
Early in her career with the Center for Healthy Aging, Dr. Stratton and another staff member realized that mood issues and multiple losses were as significant for the over 55 population as were their physical challenges. To proactively address this reality, along with Estelle Tuvman, M.P.H., she co-designed and co-authored a grant proposal for a California State-funded mental health project entitled “Peer Counseling for Elderly Persons (PEP)”. The proposal was approved, and the program it underwrote became so successful that not only did it emerge as the major program of the organization, it became an international model for innovative outpatient mental health care for older adults. Successively it was replicated in many states outside of California, as well as in several other countries, eventually to be featured in a news article by Mike Douglas on the television program, Sixty Minutes.
Dr. Stratton’s practical involvement in the mental health field interested her in deeper studies of human behavior. She spent a full-time graduate year in social-clinical psychology and psychoanalysis at the Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA) before enrolling in a Masters degree program in clinical psychology at the California Graduate Institute (CGI). Once advanced to doctoral candidacy at CGI, Dr. Stratton undertook two internships, one in Workers Compensation evaluations and one in adult psychotherapy and neuropsychology following the diagnostic approach of the UCLA Department of Neurology. This was conducted under the preceptorship of Dr. Marion Schulman, a former Neuropsychiatric Institute fellow. She was then accepted into a 2-year doctoral fellowship in psychoeducational assessment at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles, an experience that equipped her well to assess and diagnose the problems of children and young adults before devising treatment strategies for them.
Dr. Stratton earned a Ph.D. in 2001 with the research dissertation “Music, Movement, Reading Achievement, and Self-Esteem in Second Grade Children.” In 2003, she completed a Psy.D. at the American Behavioral Studies Institute in Beverly Hills. This culminated in a second dissertation entitled "A Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Diagnostic Protocol for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder."
Dr. Stratton’s relevant pre-licensure practicum experiences are these:
- psychotherapy and family therapy in a residential care setting for seriously emotionally disturbed and substance-abusing and -dependent adolescents
- educational therapy for school age children
- mental status and adaptive living evaluations of underfunctioning adults living in group homes
- career evaluation and work and life coaching and training for major U.S. corporations (listed below)
- private practice adult and child psychodiagnostic work: psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological
- child custody evaluations
- EEG biofeedback in a medical clinic for children with pervasive developmental delays and learning disabilities and in two private psychological adult-child practice settings
Her psychology and psychotherapy training supervisors and mentors have been the following:
Robert Zaitlin, M.D., former Supervising and Training Analyst for the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute (psychoanalysis)
Marion Schulman, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and forensic neuropsychologist (neuropsychology and adult psychotherapy)
James A. Incorvaia, Ed.D., Ph.D., Director, the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, author, The Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating AD/HD in Children and Adolescents (psychoeducational diagnostics)
Jerzy Monkewicz, Ph.D., psychologist, specialist in treating dual diagnosed adolescents (child, family, and adult psychotherapy)
Lynne R. Mielke, M.D., psychiatrist and founder of Developmental Spectrums East Bay Medical Clinic for the advanced biomedical treatment of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD assessment)
David L. Greene, Ph.D., psychologist, biofeedback and pain management specialist; psychological diagnostician and Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California (psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, biofeedback, and pain management)
Melanie Moran, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and assessment expert (Workers Compensation evaluations)
Jane E. Shatz, Ph.D., developmental psychologist and parenting/custody evaluation expert; Founder, Keeping Kids First; and Past President, Association of Family Conciliation Courts (A.F.C.C.) of the State of California (custody evaluation methods and co-parenting training)
Dr. Stratton’s contributions to the fields of physical healthcare, social welfare, business, and political science include:
- inceptual involvement and Board leadership (President) in the founding and development of a community clinic for older adults in Santa Monica
- research, grants writing, management and policy-setting roles in non-profit , medical, and educational organizations for children, including evaluation responsibility for a joint program of the Superior Court of Los Angeles & the Los Angeles Child Development Center that focused on the impact of divorce on children
- executive search consulting in the advertising and healthcare industries
- directorship of the Wellesley College Los Angeles Urban Studies Summer Political Science Internship program
- directorship of the Technology Executive Roundtable of Southern California, a venture of Digital Equipment Corporation
- executive coaching in start-up entrepreneurship (Fit-Hits, Comprehensive Patient Management Systems)
In 1991 Dr. Stratton became the Director of Physician Training (worldwide) for National Medical Enterprises (NME), a Fortune 50 proprietary hospital corporation. When NME changed its name to Tenet Healthcare and moved its operations from Santa Monica, CA, to Dallas, Texas, in 1994, she remained in Southern California and embarked on a consulting career in staff development, executive coaching, administrative management, and outplacement counseling.
Dr. Stratton has worked on-site in intensive, short-term staff transition initiatives at Texas Instruments, Gateway Computers, Merrill Lynch Asset Managers, Applied Materials and Cisco corporations. More recently (2004-2006) she has been a consulting diagnostician and neurofeedback provider for Developmental Spectrums, a Northern California clinic offering advanced biomedical treatments for ASD children, and (2006 & ongoing) a consulting neurofeedback provider for Dr. Mark Steinberg, author of ADD: the 20-Hour Solution.
In the consultant role, Dr. Statton’s well-known clients have included the Montsanto Corporation (pharmaceuticals); Drake Beam Morin (outplacement); Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich (publishing); Thomson Learning (testing, training and education); McKinsey and Co. (management consulting), Western International Media (advertising); and Xerox (document management); Sony (entertainment); IBM (information technology & business solutions); Fit-Hits (sports performance & physical fitness); CPM Systems (health information management); and Flip Dog Records (sound media).
Dr. Stratton’s professional memberships include the International Society of Neuronal Regulation (ISNR); the Northern California Neurofeedback Providers Consortium; Associates of the EEG Institute; and Associates of EEG Spectrum International. She is a Board member of the Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles, Past President of the Board of the Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, Commissioner of the American Youth Soccer Organization, and a member of the Wright Institute and Wellesley College Alumnae Associations.