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Educational Foundations

Educational Foundations & Special Education

Alison Barton PhD
Alison Barton

Alison L. Barton PhD

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
423-439-7682 /
Warf-Pickel 312




See Dr. Barton's Selected Works


  • Ph.D. School Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Kentucky


  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Social and Political Influences on Schools
  • Advanced Educational Psychology


Primary Interests:

  • College student development:
    • Parenting of college students
    • Helping behaviors among peers at the college level
    • Learning processes at the college level
    • Emotional adjustment among college students
    • College student suicide prevention and intervention

Secondary Interests:

  • Religious/spiritual development
  • Overindulgent parenting


Barton, A. L. & Hirsch, J. K. (2016). Permissive Parenting and Mental Health in College Students: Mediating Effects of Academic Entitlement. Journal of American College Health, 64(1), 1-8.

Barton, A. L., Hirsch, J. K., & Lovejoy, M. C. Peer Response to Messages of Distress: Do Sex and Content Matter? Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 34(3), 183-191. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000169

Barton, A. L., J. B. Snider, A. T. Vazsonyi, and J. L. Cox. Adolescent Religiosity as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Parental Religiosity and Adolescent Health Outcomes. Journal of Religion and Health, TBA. DOI 10.1007/s10943-012-9596-7

Barton, A. L., and M. K. Kirtley. Gender Differences in the Relationships Among Parenting Styles and College Student Mental Health. Journal of American College Health, 60(1), 21-26.

Hirsch, J. K., and A. L. Barton. Positive social support, negative social exchanges and suicidal behavior in college students. Journal of American College Health, 59(5), 1-6.

Lang, A. and M.C. Lovejoy. Perceptions of Suicide Risk and the Helpfulness of Intervention Strategies: A Comparison of Students and Mothers. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 27, 362-372.

Christiensen, N., J. Szymanski, M.C. Lovejoy, and A. Lang. Evaluating the Structural Validity of Measures of Hierarchical Models: An Illustrative Example Using the Social Problem-Solving Inventory. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 56, 600-625


Barton, A. L. A New Measure of Helicopter Parenting: Does It Make a Difference If Students Solicit It? Poster presentation at the American College Personnel Association’s 2016 annual convention (March 6-9), Montreal, Canada.

Barton, A. L., & Chesley, C. G. Does Student Mindset Impact the Effectiveness of Online Instructional Methods? Poster presentation at the 9th annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (February), Blacksburg, VA.

Barton, A. L. Can Guided Inquiry Be Done in an Online Setting? Presentation at the 8th annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (February), Blacksburg, VA.

Epps, S. B. & Barton, A. L. Enhancing student motivation using Self-Determination Theory: Practical applications for the online environment. Presentation at the 6th annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (February), Blacksburg, VA.

Nsamenang, S., A. L. Barton, J. K. Hirsch, & M. C. Lovejoy. Peer Response to Messages of Distress: Do Sex and Content Matter? Poster presentation at the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) 45th Annual Conference (April). Baltimore, MD.

Barton, A. L., & Coalson, K. M. New Perspectives of Multicultural Education: Measuring Banks’ Five Dimensions from the Student Point of View. Poster presentationat the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Annual Conference (November), Chicago, IL.

Bartoszuk, K., & Barton, A. L. Exploration of the Association Between the EOM-EIS-2 and the IDEA in Predicting Emotional Outcomes. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Identity Formation (SRIF) Annual Conference (February). Monterey, CA.

Bartoszuk, K., Barton, A. L., and Snider, J. B. Identity Processes and Perceptions of the Attainment of Adulthood: A Model for Investigation. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Identity Formation (SRIF) Annual Conference (March), Washington, D. C.

Barton, A.L., and M.C. Lovejoy. The Effects of Attribution and Affect on Responses to Suicidality in the College Setting: An Experimental Study. Poster presentation at the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Annual Convention, June 28 – July 2, Washington, D.C.

Invited Presentations/Speeches:

Hiwassee College: Series of professional workshops on instructional methods (3 total workshops). April 1, 8, & 22, 2016

Keynote speaker/workshop, Lincoln Memorial University: “College Student Success: How Universities Can Impact Outcomes,” August 12, 2015, Opening Faculty-Staff Conference

Commencement Address, ETSU Fall 2014 Commencement

Guest Speaker, Initiation Ceremony for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Fall 2014

Barton, A. L. Igniting student motivation. Presentation at the POGIL SE Regional Conference, Johnson City, TN (July) 2014


  • Awarded ETSU Online Master Teacher designation 2017.

  • Awarded ETSU Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching 2014.

  • Awarded Clemmer College (ETSU) Faculty Award for Teaching 2014.

  • Awarded ETSU IntopForm fellowship for AY 2013-2014.

  • Recipient of the Clemmer College (ETSU) Faculty Award for Technology.


Reid, J., Chesley, C., Brown, P., Barton, A., Epps, S., & Johnson, A. Teaching from the Edge: Innovative Practices for Learning (Faculty Development Conference). Instructional Development Grant, ETSU.

Barton, A. Suicide pilot 2 – open responding. Clemmer College.

Barton, A. Suicide pilot 1 – condition validity. Clemmer College.

Barton, A., & Bartoszuk, K. Helicopter parenting survey. Clemmer College.

Bartoszuk, K., & Barton, A. Identity/emerging adulthood model. Clemmer College.


Dr. Barton enjoys singing, mindfulness practices, Zentangling. Dr. Barton is a Licensed Lay Preacher for the Episcopal Church.

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