Greetings! Thanks for your interest in the USF Counseling Center, and my background.
My name is Scott Strader, and I am director of the USF Counseling Center. I joined the Center in July, 2017, and I am honored to serve its talented and diverse staff. After completing my bachelor's degree at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, my master's degree at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and my doctoral degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, I moved to Florida and worked in community mental health and family service agencies before landing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. I served as director of Counseling and Disability Support Services at Eckerd for twelve years before joining the USF wellness team.
I grew up in the Midwest, to parents who appreciated strong relationships with family and friends, and introduced my two brothers and me to people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. My father was a United Methodist pastor and my mother a Christian educator who valued service to others and to the world, and were active in the communities where we lived. Both my parents knew that understanding and embracing the perspectives of others made for strong communities and better citizens. I have carried that message into my work with others, as a psychologist and leader, and hope that your experience with our staff is respectful and contributes to your academic and personal development.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include working with LGBTQ+ individuals, college students, and improving therapeutic outcomes. My approach to therapy is solutions-focused and integrative, focusing on an individual's needs, their goals for treatment, and the strength of the relationship we build together.
Affiliations & Roles: I am a member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and serve on the Association's Elements of Excellence Task Force.