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

Areas Of Focus

  • Homelessness
  • International Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse
  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Research Methods 
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work Practice 


  • PhD, 1998, University of California at Berkeley; Social Welfare
  • MSW, 1986, New York University; Social Work
  • BS, 1970, New York University; History and Education

Selected Peer Review Articles and Publications

Rosalyn Deckerhoff

Areas of Focus

  • Clinical Social Work
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Eating Disorders
  • Healthcare 
  • Mental Health  
  • Social Work Practice 
  • Substance use & Abuse 


  • MSW, 1993, Florida State University; Social Work
  • BS, 1990, Florida State University; Psychology