About Us

Meet 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.

We are staffed with three professional administrative staff, three leadership team members, fourteen professional clinical staff (three part-time), and nine clinical trainees (three part-time). 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 identity, 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.   

Feel free to click on staff members who have bios to learn moe about the Counseling Center staff at the Tampa campus, which are linked below. You may click on the embedded links 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

Josephine Chu

Josephine Chu Kai Shin,
Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist, Interim Assistant Director for Clinical Services

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Associate Director of Training

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


Professional Staff

Rachel Gilmore

Rachel Gilmore, MA, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Lashley Marks

Lashley Marks, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellowship Coordinator 

Hege Riise

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

Heather Walders

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

Diane Williams

Diane Williams, MSW, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker, Referral Services Coordinator

Gabrielle Zimmerman

Gabrielle Zimmerman, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Part-Time Professional Staff

Cassandra Alvarado

Cassandra Alvarado, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist


Lisa Beckman, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Disha Patel

Disha Patel, Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist


Psychology Residents

Doctoral Interns

Graduate Student Clinicians

Professional Administrative Staff

Marsha Beharry

Marsha Beharry
Client Services Assistant

Amanda Haas

Amanda Haas
Clinical Administrative Specialist


Nazaret Rodriguez
Staff Assistant