Carlene S. Thornton, PhD

Dr. Thornton received the Ph.D. degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University and the Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University.  Her work as a School Psychologist for several Florida public school systems prompted her interest in children with special abilities or disabilities.   Several years ago, she proposed the development of an undergraduate psychology course on the topic of autism spectrum disorders.   She designed the fully online three-credit-hour course and has taught the autism spectrum class six times.  The course is usually offered in the spring semester and the summer term each year.

Dr. Thornton has extensive university teaching experience in the disciplines of psychology, education and public administration.  After completing her doctoral program at FSU and working as an academic administrator and teacher in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, she returned to the Pensacola area in 2000 to work as a School Psychologist for Santa Rosa County and to teach courses at UWF as an adjunct instructor.  The courses included Child Development, Psychological Assessment and Social Psychology.  The first online courses Dr. Thornton developed and taught at UWF were Public Administration Special Topics courses.