Alison Sutton-Ryan, DBH, LCSW, LISAC

Mental Health Services, Director

Alison Sutton-Ryan DBH,  LCSW, LISAC is the Director of Mental Health Program at UA College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, she developed the mental health services program at UA College of Medicine. She has a Doctorate in Behavioral Health and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC).  She developed the Program for Mental Health Wellness within the UAHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has also assisted with the development of the new UA Survivor Advocacy Program and serves as a Faculty Associate at ASU’s School of Social Work. With more than 20 years of experience as a Psychotherapist, she has maintained a private practice and worked in a variety of mental health settings. Specialties include addictions, perinatal mood disorders, and the mental health needs of medical trainees. Her doctoral research is on access and barriers to mental health care of physicians and medical trainees. She is currently a Co-PI on a research study with David Lynch Foundation and UA College of Medicine on the effects of Transcendental Meditation for medical trainees. She enjoys spending time with her family and pack of rescue dogs.

Here at CVM Program for Mental Health, Dr. Sutton-Ryan will be providing individual and group therapy, providing mental health trainings such as suicide prevention and Mental Health First Aid, and developing mental health initiatives.