Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Macdonald Hall Annex, Room 251
Research description: Dr. John Beaton primarily teaches in the Couple and Family Therapy master’s degree program. His current research interests focus on two areas: Families with children with disabilities and chronic health conditions, and Men in families. Dr. Beaton is currently the Chair of the Campus Student Mental Health Advisory Committee.
John has primarily taught in the Couple and Family Therapy Program the past 10 years, training graduate students to be therapists. John teaches courses in the areas of Solution Focused Therapy, and Health & Well-Being. He is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. His research and clinical interests focus on Men's Health and Fatherhood, Fatherhood and Special Needs Children. Fatherhood and Autism. Adoptive and Foster Fathers of Children in Care.
John is the Co-Principal investigator for a Community Action Research Project: Men's Health, Fatherhood and Cancer. A project designed to collaborate and engage men, their families and their communities who are managing Cancer. He also was a Research Collaborator (PI: Kerry Daly) with the Father Involvement Research Alliance, a Community-University Research Project. He was the Co-Coordinator of the Fathers with Special Needs Cluster group. John's newest project is to examine fathers stories about raising an autistic child.
John is the author of a number of publications in social science books and journals in the areas of fatherhood, co-parenting, and community intervention.