School of Health and Human Sciences


Joan L. Sutton, M.S., LRT/CTRS
Professional Track - Assistant Professor
M.S. in Recreational Therapy Administration, East Carolina University
Office: Ferguson 211
Phone: 336-256-8639
Curriculum Vitae

Brief Bio

Ms. Joan L. Sutton is an AP Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Recreational Therapy Administration from East Carolina University. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Licensed Recreational Therapist with the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure and a Certified Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

She currently serves as the Board Chair on the licensure board in North Carolina (NCBRTL) and on the NCRTA Research Committee. Prior to her employment with UNCG, she worked as a Recreational Therapy Supervisor in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). There she was responsible for creating and managing recreational therapy and general recreation programming to enhance person-centered care in older adults.

Ms. Sutton supervised recreational therapists; music therapy, activities professionals; fitness and entertainment contractors. She developed a large (100+) group of community volunteers forming new initiatives with UNC Charlotte, Therapy Dogs International, and the Center for Civic Engagement at Davidson College. Additionally, Ms. Sutton established her facility as an internship site partnering with many colleges and universities. Ms. Sutton is an active member of the International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) and has obtained her Leadership in Wellness Management Certificate. She is interested in trends, culture change, leadership, management, and ethical issues within the industry.