Dr. Banton received her BA in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, MS in counseling psychology from California Baptist University, MS in Psychology, Public Administration and Social Change from Walden University, and a EdD in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Dr. Banton has specialized in working with special populations since 2000. She began her career working as a social worker for the Department of Public Health-HIV Program. From there, she transitioned to the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry working with the inmate population who were newly released into the San Bernardino County area. She went on to work for San Bernardino County Children and Family Services as a Supervising Social Services Practitioner. In her current position she works with disabled foster children, new program development, minor mothers w/children, relative foster parents, new program implementation, and is the current county liaison for ICPC foster/relative placements out of state. Dr. Banton has presented, taught, and trained on the topics including clinical psychology, careers in psychology, human services management, child abuse and neglect, ICPC, special health care needs for foster children, achievement motivation for high risk youth, residentially based services, integration of corrections and community, abnormal psychology, foster care placement issues and a variety of topics related to child welfare practice. She teaches at the University of Phoenix, University of Riverside, California State University Riverside, Extension, and San Diego State University.She is a Board Certified Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT), American Psychological Association and the American Psychotherapy Association.