Professional Staff
René Monteagudo, Ph.D., DirectorRené Monteagudo, Ph.D., Director
Licensed Psychologist
Indiana University

Prior to joining the University of Miami Counseling Center, Dr. Monteagudo served as the Senior Associate Director - Director of Clinical Services at Florida Atlantic University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Originally from Miami, René received his Bachelor, Master and Specialist degrees from the University of Florida and his Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. He completed his doctoral internship at the Penn State Counseling Center. René has over 15 years of university counseling center experiences and a wealth of health administration experience. He specializes in student development, crisis intervention, training, supervision, group therapy, LGBT and Latino/a populations. He works from an integrative model that incorporates a diversity sensitive approach. When not at the Counseling Center, you can find René enjoying time with his family and friends.

Kirt McClellan, M.S.W., LCSW, Associate DirectorKirt McClellan, M.S.W., LCSW, Associate Director
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
New York University

Since obtaining his professional license in 1998 Mr. McClellan has worked in a variety of clinical settings including an acute care psychiatric hospital, an adolescent residential treatment center, a substance abuse treatment center and private practice. Mr. McClellan oversees various clinical operations of the Counseling Center. His clinical interests include individual and group therapy, with extensive experience working with trauma, sexual abuse, sexual orientation and substance abuse. He is passionate about assisting students to achieve their full potential by helping them develop greater self-awareness.

Patricia Arena, Ph.D.Patricia Arena, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
University of Miami

Dr. Arena joined the Counseling Center in 2014. She completed her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Miami with a focus on Adult Clinical and Health Psychology and Neuropsychology. Prior to returning to UM, Dr. Arena worked for Cherokee Health Systems, a community health center in Tennessee providing integrated care for the underserved. Her areas of clinical interest include mood disorders, substance abuse, severe psychopathology, and psychological assessment. Dr. Arena is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and greatly enjoys working with culturally diverse students and with the process of adjustment and acculturation.

Kisha Bazelais, Ph.D.Kisha Bazelais, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Boston College

Dr. Bazelais earned her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology at Boston College in 2011. After completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center, Dr. Bazelais went on to complete a two-year research postdoctoral fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. Prior to returning to UM, Dr. Bazelais worked in the outpatient department of a community psychiatric hospital in New York. She has a range of experience in delivering community-based psychosocial interventions, and the implementation of evidence-based interventions with non-traditional populations. Her clinical interests include racial/ethnic identity development, examining risk and resilience factors, trauma, bereavement issues, psychological assessment, and working with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. Dr. Bazelais is also fluent in French Creole.

Audrey Cleary, Ph.D.Audrey Cleary, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
University of Arizona

Dr. Cleary earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona, and completed both her pre-doctoral clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Miami Counseling Center. Prior to joining the UM Counseling Center, she worked with undergraduate and graduate students at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Arizona. Dr. Cleary's clinical interests include interpersonal and romantic relationship issues, mood management, family of origin concerns, identity development, and the use of clinical hypnosis. She has served as a staff coordinator for Lifeguards, the Counseling Center's suicide prevention outreach program, and advises the Counseling Center's Sexual Assault Resource Team.

Carolyn A. Eberhardt, Ph.D.Carolyn A. Eberhardt, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Southern Illinois University

Dr. Eberhardt has worked in several clinical settings including an adolescent residential treatment center and a forensic psychological testing facility. She has been a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center since 1994. Some of her clinical interests are relationship issues, multi-cultural counseling and counseling sexual assault survivors. Dr. Eberhardt is the coordinator of the Sexual Assault Resource Team and S.A.R.T.'s prevention and education programs.

Gina Garrett, M.S.W.Gina Garrett, M.S.W., LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Prior to joining the University of Miami Counseling Center, Ms. Garrett worked as a therapist for 8 years in community mental health clinic settings and school based mental health services in public high schools. Her areas of professional interest include working with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma history, emancipation/ young adult identity development, integrative wellness, and issues concerning minority populations. Ms. Garrett’s theoretical orientation is collaborative and goal directed, integrating Mindfulness exercises, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques. She earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she completed two years of Post Masters clinical training in individual and group psychotherapy prior to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Aliya Ismail, M.Ed., LMHCAliya Ismail, M.Ed., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
University of Toronto

From Toronto to Miami to Lima, Peru, Ms. Ismail has been working with youth and young adults in underserved communities for over a decade. Oriented by a relational framework, Ms. Ismail integrates a strength-based, anti-oppressive approach to her therapeutic practice. Ms. Ismail earned her B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University and her M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Clinical interests include critical multicultural counseling, treating trauma, family relationships, spiritual development as well as grief and loss. Ms. Ismail is fluent in Spanish and French and has elemental knowledge of Gujarati and Farsi. As a passionate professional she is dedicated to supporting students increase their overall wellness in a collaborative and creative manner.

Kimberly Martin, M.S.W., LCSWKimberly Martin, M.S.W., LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Indiana University

Ms. Martin joined the counseling center in 2010. Her clinical experience has been with various foster care and family service agencies in Indiana and South Florida. She has provided individual, group and family therapeutic services to children and adolescents in the dependency system. Ms. Martin also has extensive experience treating children and adolescents who have been both victims and perpetrators of sexual trauma. Her clinical interests include helping individuals cope with trauma experienced through physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Additional areas of clinical interest include coping with grief and loss, healthy relationship development, and transitional life issues. Ms. Martin's goal with counseling University of Miami students is to assist them in realizing their full potential within each realm of their lives. She provides a supportive environment for students to self assess feelings, process thoughts, and create individualized and attainable life plans. Ms. Martin is also the coordinator for COPE, UM's counseling outreach peer education program.

Edward Rappaport, Ph.D., ABPPEdward Rappaport, Ph.D., ABPP
Training Director and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Florida State University

Dr. Rappaport is the founding Training Director for our Predoctoral Internship Program in Professional Psychology. He is an Associate Professor and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Psychology who has served as President of the Dade County Psychological Association. His professional interests include individual psychotherapy, treatment of anxiety and depression, anger management, relationship issues and sociocultural influences on mental health.

Tammy Sifre, Ph.D.Tammy Sifre, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
University of Miami

Dr. Sifre joined the Counseling Center in November 2008. Before then she worked in private practice and spent 14 years involved in public health and psychological research including stress management interventions for people diagnosed with HIV and breast cancer. Her clinical interests include stress management, integrative medicine, and mindfulness-based approaches to well-being.

Lynn Hernandez, M.D.Lynn Hernandez, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist
Universidad Technologica de Santiago School of Medicine
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dr. Hernandez earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Miami. After completing residences in psychology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and Kings County Hospital (State University of New York) in Brooklyn, she returned to Miami where she was a Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hernandez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has consulted at a number of child, adolescent and adult mental health agencies in South Florida including the Renfrew Center. Dr. Hernandez also has a part-time psychiatric private practice in Broward County.
Angel Faith, M.A.Angel Faith, M.A.

Angel is completing her Psy.D. in the Clinical Psychology Program at Pepperdine University. After graduating from UCLA, she received her master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. Angel has specific clinical interest in issues related to adjustment, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. She describes her style as integrative and collaborative, with the intention of helping each individual in a manner that is most appropriate and fitting for them. Her desire is to help students meet their goals, reduce unpleasant symptoms, and improve life-satisfaction and overall functioning.
Justin Puder, M.A.Justin Puder, M.A.

Justin is completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. He was raised in Akron, Ohio and received a B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University and an M.A. in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Justin’s approach to therapy is interpersonally-based and utilizes collaboration to create an environment of change through unconditional positive regard, emotional exploration, and therapist authenticity. He aims to help individuals become more self-aware in order to live more fulfilling and compassionate lives. His professional interests include anxiety, relationship issues, identity formation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and group therapy.
Benjamin Stocking, M.A.Benjamin Stocking, M.A.

Ben Stocking is completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. His therapeutic approach integrates humanistic practice and acceptance-based cognitive behavioral approaches. Ben focuses on empowering clients to take mindful and value-driven steps toward creating a more authentic and fulfilling life experience. Ben also values the role of sociocultural context in addressing his clients’ issues. He views therapy as a collaborative relationship and facilitates clients in becoming more aware of the self and its surrounding experience. His areas of clinical interest include relationship concerns, grief and loss, questioning and transitioning away from religion, performance struggles, couples counseling, substance related issues, stress reduction, and LGBTQ issues.
Contract Staff
Francis J. Flynn, Psy.D.,CAPFrancis J. Flynn, Psy.D.,CAP

Francis J. Flynn, Psy.D., CAP graduated from the University of Miami in 1967; a decade later, after completing a Master of Divinity degree in Systematic Theology, he returned to the University of Miami to begin graduate studies in Psychology, He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University and is a Certified Addictions Professional. Dr. Flynn served for eleven years as a supervising chaplain in the Florida prison system and has served as an adjunct professor in the UM Department of Religious Studies.
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