About Us

Meet the Staff

Our Diverse Staff:

The USF Counseling Center staff is committed to supporting the mental health and wellness needs of our diverse student body. Each clinical provider is prepared to use evidence-based interventions in our short-term, goal-oriented model to help students manage common concerns seen at university counseling centers. Collectively, our staff share many cultural identities with the students we serve. These include, but are not limited to, race, gender, age, body size, language, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, social class, religious affiliation, and ability. Students can expect all staff members to respect and affirm their intersecting visible and invisible identities. Clinical providers will work with students to establish confidential and trusting counseling relationships that consider the impact of cultural identities on the counseling process. Please click on each staff member’s name to learn more about us.   

The Counseling Center staff at the Tampa Campus are listed below. Please click here to view the staff members at St. Petersburg Wellness Center and the Sarasota-Manatee Counseling & Wellness Center.

 Leadership Team

Scott Strader

Scott Strader, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Director

Lisa Ferdinand

Lisa Ferdinand, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director for Clinical Services

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director for Training

Due to administrative responsibilities, leadership team members are rarely able to meet with students on an ongoing basis for counseling.


Professional Staff

Cassandra Alvarado

Cassandra Alvarado, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Jason Axford

Jason Axford, M.A., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Josephine Chu Kai Shin

Josephine Chu Kai Shin,
Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist, Group Services Coordinator

Courtney Coggan

Courtney Coggan, M.S., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kathleen DiMattia

Kathleen DiMattia, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Jenny Dutil, MS.Ed, NCC

Jenny Dutil, MS.Ed., LMHC, NCC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Darleen J. Gracia-Housman

Darleen J. Gracia, Psy.D
Licensed Psychologist, Outreach Committee Chair

Thomas Knudsen

Thomas Knudsen, Psy.D., ABPP-CP
Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist 

Lashley Marks

Lashley Marks, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Emergency Response Coordinator

Jordie Poncy

George Poncy, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Post Doctoral Fellowship Coordinator

Hege Riise

Hege Riise, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Doctoral Internship Coordinator

Dani Rosenkrantz

Dani Rosenkrantz, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

Heather Walders

Heather Walders, MSW, CPH, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Outreach Services Coordinator

Diane Williams

Diane Williams, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Referral Services Coordinator


Part-Time Professional Staff

Madeline Colon photo

Madeline Colón, MSW, LCSW 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Graduate Student Clinician Coordinator

Mona Stribling photo

Mona Stribling, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist


Psychology Residents


Doctoral Interns

Graduate Student Clinicians







Professional Administrative Staff

Amanda Haas

Amanda Haas
Client Services Assistant


              Nazaret Rodriguez                       Staff Assistant