Faculty Profiles

Dr. Cindy Topdemir

Associate Professor of Instruction, counselor education

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Email: ctopdemi@usf.edu
Office: USF Tampa campus, EDU 158-I

Dr. Cindy Topdemir is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Counselor Education Program at the University of South Florida. Prior to completing her doctorate in 2010, she was a School Counselor for 14 years in Pasco County, Florida.

In addition to teaching courses in the Counselor Education Program, Dr. Topdemir has coordinated the School Counseling and the Career Counseling masters programs and the School Counseling and the Career Counseling Certificate programs. She has co-chaired and served as a committee member on several doctoral students’ committees.

One of the projects Dr. Topdemir has completed includes aligning the Florida K-12 Guidance Competencies and Florida Educator Accomplished Practices with the School Counseling Program’s courses. Many school counseling related functions in the community have been organized by her as well. Dr. Topdemir created and leads the School Counselor Advisory Board meetings at USF each semester. Several of the surrounding counties’ District Guidance Supervisors and the School Counselor Consultant at the FLDOE attend these meetings.

Dr. Topdemir has served as either a Vice President or as a member of the Governing Board of the Florida School Counselor Association since 2012. She has chaired committees within this professional association as well. State and national conference presentations and publishing are also priorities of hers. Some of the topics of these include school counselor accountability practices, the school counselor’s role as a consultant, and college and career readiness.

Recent Publications

Topdemir, C. (2021). School Counseling and the Homeschool Student. In L. Teufel-Prida (Ed.) Homeschooling and Mental Health (267-286) San Diego. Cognella.

Recent Conference Presentations

Topdemir, C. & Riley, J. (2021) Emerging Leaders. FSCA Convention, Tampa, FL.