Faculty & Staff


Norton, Aaron, PhD


Title: Assistant Professor of Instruction
Phone: (813) 974-5538
Office: MHC 2734
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Curriculum Vitae


Aaron Norton is a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy.  He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from USF in 2021, his M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from USF in 2007, and his B.A. in Psychology from USF in 2002.  He taught as an adjunct instructor in USF’s Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program from 2013 to 2022.  He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Master Addiction Counselor, and Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator.  He serves as the Southern Regional Director of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Chair of Government Relations Committee and Education Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of Legislative Committee for the Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association.  He has 20 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist and a forensic evaluator.

His primary research interests involve the recognition and understanding of the role of clinician bias within the mental health professions and professional advocacy for clinical mental health counselors.  


A.A., St. Petersburg College
B.A., University of South Florida
M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., University of South Florida

Research Interests

Clinician bias within the mental health professions
Professional advocacy for clinical mental health counselors

Recent Publications

Norton, A.L., Chen, A.Z., & Tan, T.X. (2022). Firearms in clients' homes: Role of clinical mental health counselors' political beliefs and treatment objectives. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 20(3), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.24135/ppi.v20i3.04 

Davis, E. S., Norton, A., & Chapman, R. (2020). Counselors’-in-training perceptions of using music for theoretical conceptualization training. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 15(4), 443-456. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2020.1731041

Davis, E., Norton, A.L., & Chapman, R. (2019). Using music for case conceptualization: Looking through an Adlerian lens. Journal of Individual Psychology, 75(2), 156-170. https://doi.org/10.1353/jip.2019.0013  

Norton, A.L., & Tan, T.X. (2019). The relationship between licensed mental health Counselors’ political ideology and counseling theory preference. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(1), 86-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000339

Tan, T.X., Smith, L.S., & Norton, A.L. (2017). Adoption of Black children by White parents in heterosexual and homosexual relationships: Exploring mental health trainees’ explicit and implicit attitudes. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 29(3), 233-251. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2017.1320256