Our Ph.D. Students

2017 Cohort

Jon Borland

Jon Borland completed his Master's degree in Counselor Education with a School Counseling concentration at the University of Toledo. He is a licensed Professional School Counselor in State of Ohio. His research interests include post-concussion syndrome, trauma work in schools, and sexual identity theory. Jon is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES), and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC).

Amanda Dilorenzo

Amanda Dilorenzo completed her Master's of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Florida. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the State of Florida. Her research interests include the internationalization of counseling (specifically the development of the counseling profession in Haiti) and counseling clients who have experienced disasters. Amanda is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI).

Heather Geils

Heather Geils completed her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Central Florida. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in the State of Florida and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her research interests include chronic and persistent illness from a family systems perspective, schizophrenia, career development, and wellness. Heather is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Florida Counseling Association (FCA), the Florida Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (FACES), and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI).

Amber Norman

Amber Norman completed her Master's degree in Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling track at the University of Central Florida. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. Her research interests include multicultural counseling competencies, individual and systemic trauma among marginalized groups, post-traumatic growth, and constructivism in psychotherapy. Amber is an AACTE Holmes Scholar and is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES), and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD).

Jeongeun Park

Jeongeun Park completed her Master's degree in Educational Counseling at Seoul National University in South Korea. She is a Certified Counselor in Korea. Her research interests include LGBTQ+ issues in counseling, counseling outcomes and effectiveness, and factors affecting the therapeutic relationship between a counselor and client. Jeongeun is an active member of the Korean Counseling Association (KCA) and the Korean Counseling Psychological Association (KCPA).

2016 Cohort

Nayoung Kim

Nayoung Kim completed her master's degree in Educational Counseling from Seoul National University in South Korea and is a doctoral student in the counselor education program in the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include multiculturalism, counseling process and outcomes, and group counseling. Nayoung is currently active in conducting studies exploring international students' help-seeking attitudes and the related factors.

Jayna Mumbauer

Jayna Mumbauer completed her master's degree in School Counseling from Wake Forest University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified School Counselor in the state of North Carolina. Her research interests include school refusal, mental health literacy, and bibliotherapy. She is an active member of ACA, ACC, ALGBTIC, ACES, and is a Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Scholar.

Mary Perleoni

Mary Perleoni completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Saint Joseph. During her time at USJ, she spearheaded a number of campus wide programs including a wellness group that addressed issues experienced by women, the campus wide pet therapy program as well as stress reduction workshops for at risk students. Her clinical background includes working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Mary's research interests include trauma-based interventions for sexual assault survivors on college campuses and treatment for the LGBTQ+ population.

Saundra Tabet

Saundra Tabet completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Alabama. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Her clinical work focused on individuals with pervasive and severe mental illness in a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program. Research interests include process addictions (specifically disordered eating behaviors), psychopharmacology, counseling of elite athletes and interventions for suicide loss survivors. Saundra is an active member of ACA, ACES, IAAOC, IAEDP and CSI.

2015 Cohort

Caitlyn McKinzie Bennett

Caitlyn McKinzie Bennett completed her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her research interests include neurofeedback training and anxiety, self-efficacy and counselor development, and therapeutic interventions for transgender adolescents. Caitlyn is engaged in professional leadership and service, serving as the Junior Graduate Representative for Division E of AERA as well as Vice President for Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society, Upsilon Chi Chapter. She is an active member of ACA, ACES, AERA, and AARC and has been recognized for her research efforts through awards such as the 2017 ACA Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award and the 2016 SACES Research and Best Practice Award.

Laura Rendon Finnell

Laura Rendon Finnell completed her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and she possesses additional training in school-based counseling and play therapy. Her research interests include counselor education and supervision, counseling children and families, and multicultural and diversity issues in counseling. Specifically, Laura is most passionate about the development and preparation of bilingual Spanish-speaking counselors-in-training. Laura is an active member of ACA, ACES/SACES, ACAC, AMCD and CSI. She has been recognized as a SACES Emerging Leader and was recently named a CSI 2017-2018 Leadership Fellow.

Nevin J. Heard

Nevin J. Heard completed his master's degree in Clinical Counseling from The Ohio State University. He is working toward state licensure and national certification. His research interests championing social justice and focuses on the disparities facing ethnic and racial minorities, people living with HIV, marginalized socioeconomic populations, and the LGBTQ community. Nevin is an active member of ACA, ACES, ALGBTIC, and FAMCD.

Michelle D. Mitchell

Michelle D. Mitchell completed her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her research interests include multicultural issues and the integration of spirituality and counseling. Michelle is a AACTE Holmes Scholar and an active member of ACA, ACES, AMCD and FAMCD.

Seungbin Oh

Seungbin Oh completed his master's degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy Counseling from Emporia State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. His research interests include multicultural and international counseling issues, counselor education and supervision, and client outcome research in individual, couple, and family counseling. Seungbin is an active member of ACA, ACES, SACES, AMCD, and AARC.

Elizabeth R. Pennock

Elizabeth R. Pennock completed her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL). She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Her research interests include trauma treatment, trauma-informed care, and counselor education. Elizabeth is an active member of ACA, ACES, AMHCA, and the Association for Creativity in Counseling.

Yvette Saliba

Yvette Saliba completed her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her research interests include health and wellness, playfulness, and first generation college students. Yvette is an active member of ACA, AMCD, ACES, SACES, ACC, and FASERVIC.