Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Victoria Verano

Biography:

Victoria (Vicky) Verano is a teaching professor and a licensed clinical social worker in Florida. She serves as a field placement advisor for both undergraduate students and graduate students. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to family violence, loss and bereavement and medical social work. 

Nicholas Mazza

Biography:

Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., is Dean Emeritus and Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work Emeritus. He served as a faculty member from 1981 through 2015, the last seven years as dean (2008-2015). He is a published poet, and the founding (1987) and continuing editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy. He is currently serving a second term as president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (2022-2024). He holds Florida licenses in clinical social work, psychology, and marriage & family therapy.

Tomi Gomory

Tomi Gomory is an associate professor, social work clinician and co-author of “Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs,” (2013) a book that closely reviews psychiatry and critiques its efforts to address mental health using a medical model. His research examines the conventionally accepted use of coercion in social services, the impact of the use of force on users of social services and the ethical impacts on helping professions.

Rosalyn Deckerhoff

Rosalyn Deckerhoff is a teaching professor and director of Online Field Education, facilitating field placements for students in the Online MSW Program. She is also a licensed clinical social worker in Florida. Her background and expertise in clinical practice and teaching include developmental disabilities, eating disorders, healthcare, mental health and substance use.

Margaret Ashmore

Margaret Ashmore is a teaching professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in-person and online. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Florida.  Her interest in clinical social work practices focuses on crisis intervention, cultural diversity, eating disorders, mental health and substance use, and women’s issues. She received Professor of the Year at the College of Social Work (2013) and a University Undergraduate Teaching Award (2010-2011).