Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty

Ryan Henry, PhD

Ryan G. Henry, PhD, LMFT

Associate Professor of Instruction & Program Director

Lauren Baxley, PhD, LMFT

Lauren Baxley, PhD, LMFT

Assistant Professor of Instruction/MFT Field Placement Coordinator


Vicky Buckles, PhD

Vicky Buckles, PhD, LMHC, CRC

Assistant Professor of Instruction & Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates in Addictions and Substance Abuse

Tammy Jorgensen-Smith, PhD

Tammy Jorgensen-Smith, PhD, CRC

Associate Professor

Rick Weinberg, PhD

Richard Weinberg, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Postdoctoral Scholars

Everette Coffman PhD, LMFT, LMHC

Everette Coffman PhD, LMFT, LMHC


Dr. Everette Coffman is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed mental health counselor. He now works as a postdoctoral scholar in the marriage and family department at the University of South Florida. He earned his doctorate degree at the University of Florida in counseling and counselor education. Everette is an attachment-based researcher and is published in the area of family systems, attachment science, and addiction. 

Additionally, Dr. Coffman is the clinical director of Priority One Coaching, Counseling, and Consulting. This is a private practice that he has owned and operated for 5 years. The practice specializes in relationally bound treatment for couples and families. Additionally, he is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT), trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), & Gottman Couple's Therapy.



Tatiana Acosta

Tatiana Acosta

Program Specialist