Mental Health

Zhe Yang


  • M.S.W., 2019, Peking University, Social Work
  • B.S.W., 2017, China Youth University of Political Studies, Social Work


  • Christopher D. Hefren Child Welfare Endowed Doctoral Scholarship, 2021

Elizabeth Curley


  • M.S.W., 2018, Florida State University, Social Work 
  • B.S.W., 2017, Florida State University, Social Work 
  • B.S., 2017, Florida State University, Psychology


Curley, E. (2018). Narrative in social work practice: The power and possibility of story. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 15(1), 100-101.

Rebekah Nelson


  • M.S.W., 2010, Utah State University; Social Work
  • B.S., 2006, Brigham Young University; Social Work

Peer Reviewed Articles and Publications

Nelson, R. (2013). Is virtual reality exposure therapy effective for service members and veterans experiencing combat-related PTSD? Traumatology, 19(3) 171-178. doi:10.1177/1534765612459891

Victoria Verano


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. 

Susan Osborne

Areas Of Focus 

  • Bereavement 
  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Social Work
  • End of Life Issues
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Family Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness 
  • Resilience
  • Stress & Coping
  • Women's Issues


  • MSW, 2000, Florida State University; Clinical Social Work
  • MS, 1981, The Ohio State University; Agricultural Education with minor in Counseling
  • BS, 1976, Virginia Tech, Animal Science and Agricultural Education

Keithen Mathis


Keithen Mathis is the first assistant dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the College of Social Work and is a teaching professor. He served for many years as a field education faculty member. His teaching and social work practice interests include cultural diversity and competency, social work and field education and criminal justice, social justice, and human rights.  

Jeffrey Lacasse

Areas Of Focus 

  • Mental Health
  • Psychiatric Medications


  • PhD, 2008, Florida State University; Social Work
  • MSW, 2000, Florida State University; Clinical Social Work
  • BA, 1997, St. Leo College; Liberal Arts and Psychology

Selected Peer Review Articles and Publications

Lacasse, J.R. (2014). After DSM-5: A critical research agenda for the 21st century. Research on Social Work Practice.

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.