Faculty & Staff Profiles
Meet the Counselor Education Staff
Counselor Education Adjunct Instructors
Dr. Stephanie Carter Larson
Carmen Stephanie Larson, Ph.D. (University of Florida) has been an educator for 25 years as a dance teacher, school counselor, and counselor educator. She has taught courses for University of Florida and New College of Florida and was the program chair for School Counseling at Argosy University. Currently, Dr. Larson is a school counselor in Sarasota County. She is a member of the Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). She currently serves as the Governing Board Chair (15-16) and the Ethics Chair for FSCA.
Dr. Gwen Gold Pearlstein
Gwen Gold Pearlstein, Ph.D. (University of South Florida) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Marriage and Family Therapist, and Qualified Supervisor for the State of Florida. Prior to her teaching appointment, she was Clinical Director of Jewish Family and Childrens Services in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Gold-Pearlstein has given expert testimony in the 12th District Family Court in conjunction with the Safe Children Coalition, at-risk youth, Sarasota, Florida. In addition to supervising registered interns seeking licensure in mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy, in her private practice she serves families in crisis/conflict, individuals with autism spectrum disorder, parenting skills workshops, IEP referrals, and privately referred individuals. She is also a consultant for school counselors about school-aged children (K-12). Her research interests focus on determining the extent to which the theories and practices of counseling, psychotherapy, and cognitive development modify family systems that are in crisis and couples seeking conflict resolution; and curriculum policy and procedure in Counselor Education programs.
Dr. Brenna Hicks
Brenna Hicks, PhD, LMHC (University of South Florida) owns a private practice working with children and teens, and provides a parent training program in person and online. She has experience working with grieving children and specializes in child-centered play therapy for social, emotional, and behavioral issues. Her interests include virtual therapy advances, filial therapy, and providing play therapy resources to parents through her websites, social media, and newsletters.
Other Faculty at USF College of Education
Find out more about our College of Education faculty members. They have excellent teaching records and are actively engaged in research and other scholarly activities, including service to the University, the community, and the field of education. These pursuits enable them to be at the cutting edge in their respective fields and to advance the knowledge base for those fields of study and for education in general. In addition, faculty members hold offices in professional organizations and make substantial contributions as members of University and College of Education committees.