University at Buffalo

Courtney Ward-Sutton, PhD, CRC (she/her/hers)

Courtney Ward-Sutton, PhD, CRC

Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Addictions; Access and Equity; Administration/Management; Cultural Studies; Child and Adolescent Development; Disability Studies; Diversity; Educational technology; Cultural Competence; Multicultural Competence; STEM education; Higher Education; Medical Aspects of Disability; Race, Inequality, and Education; Mental Health; Social Justice; Universal Design; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Professional / Staff Development; Research Design; Research Methods; Rehabilitation Counseling; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues; Social and Emotional Development

Contact Information
418 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-1122

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Professional Summary:

•Conduct research related to the field of rehabilitation counseling (e.g., Assistive Technology), disability, and other mental health and psychology related fields.
•Teach master’s level rehabilitation counseling courses in a council for accreditation of counseling and related educational program (CACREP) accredited program.
•Provide organizational awareness through service to the University at Buffalo and the community at a local and national level.
•Facilitate course instruction, advisement, grade assignments, and offer mentorship in the rehabilitation counseling program for students in-person and on-line (distance learning program).
•Meet with colleagues to review, write, plan and evaluate program matters, policies, and engage in department discussions.
•Participate in professional development by presenting research at conferences.
•Facilitate grants management with Services, Mental Health, Assistive, Rehabilitation Technology Lab (S.M.A.R.T) as Principal Investigator.

Education and Training:
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Langston University, Rehabilitation Counseling (2021)
  • Doctorate, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education (2017)
  • Masters, North Carolina Central University, Psychology (2014)
  • Bachelors, Bennett College for Women, Psychology (2010)
Recent Presentations:
  • Burt, I. Munoz-Lorenzo, O., Ward-Sutton, C., Tosado II, L.A., Gonzalez, T., & Hunter, T. (2023, October). Real talk on navigating academia from diverse intergenerational perspectives: Not just surviving, but striving and thriving! [Conference Session]. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference in Denver, CO.;
  • Peterson, G., Webb, K., & Ward-Sutton, C. (2024, February). Employment disparities among multiply marginalized people with disabilities during the covid-19 pandemic: A scoping review [Conference Session]. Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity Conference in Honolulu, HI.;
  • Sutton, C.W. & VanderMolen, J. (2023, July). Human resources management professionals encompassing awareness, assistive technology [Paper presentation]. National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC) Conference, Tulsa, OK.;
  • VanderMolen, J., Dudick, B., Ward-Sutton, C. (2023, October). Human Resources Management Professionals Encompassing Awareness, Assistive Technology Knowledge, and Workplace Accommodations (AT-WA) [Paper presentation]. State Conference 2023 Michigan Council of SHRM, Grand Rapids, MI.;
  • VanderMolen, J., Ward-Sutton, C., & Dudick, B. (2024, March). Human resources management professionals encompassing awareness, assistive technology knowledge, and workplace accommodations. 2024 MiBiz360 Summit. Lansing, MI.;
Recent Grants:
  • Visiting Disability and Rehabilitation Equity Researcher Mentorship Program (VERMP); Federal; Administration for Community Living; Awarded; (11/10/2023-12/13/2024)
  • Long-Term Training: Rehabilitation Counseling; Federal; U.S. Department of Education; Continuing; (08/01/2019-12/31/2024)
Recent Activities:
Professional Service:
  • National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC) President-Elect
  • National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) Social Media and Public Policy Committee Member
Recent Editorships:
  • Editorial Board Member; Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (American Counseling Association)
  • Editor; Suicide and Self-Injury as part of the series currently titled Dangerous Behavior in Clinical and Forensic Psychology

Contact Information

418 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-1122

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