About Us


The University of South Florida

Since opening in 1960, USF has developed into one of the nation's major public research universities. Ranked among the top 100 public research universities in the annual report "The Top American Research Universities." USF has formed vital partnerships with business leaders and organizations throughout the region and contributed to the well-being of its immediate urban neighborhoods through its networks of social research and service projects.

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences enrolls nearly 2,200 students and includes the Departments of Aging and Mental Health, Child and Family Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Criminology, Mental Health Law and Policy, and Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling as well as the School of Aging Studies and School of Social Work.

The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute

The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute is a unique resource for Florida. It was created over 30 years ago by the Florida Legislature to expand our knowledge about how best to serve the mental health needs of Florida's citizens. Over 550 faculty, staff, and students work at the Institute, applying research techniques to understand complex social problems and developing and disseminating state-of-the-art technology and knowledge to improve human services.

Department of Mental Health Law and Policy

As the state and the nation's systems of health care, social service, civil and criminal justice continue to change, the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy is uniquely positioned to address the parallel changes in research and training needs. Our faculty conduct research on critical and emerging issues surrounding the funding, delivery, and outcomes of public behavioral health services as well as issues arising in public health and civil and criminal justice systems.

Department Chair:
Gregory Teague, PhD

Department Vice-Chair:
Paul Stiles, JD, PhD
(813) 974-9349

Associate Director:
Deborah Gee, BA

Academic Programs Director:
Nicoleta Zenn, Ed.S.,NCSP

Director of Policy and Services Research Data Center:

Julianne Serovich, PhD

University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612-3807

Voice: 813/974-4510
Fax: 813/974-4602