Professional Staff
Ernesto R. Escoto, Ph.D., DirectorErnesto R. Escoto, Ph.D., Director
New Mexico State University

Prior to joining the University of Miami Counseling Center, Dr. Escoto served as the Associate Director - Director of Clinical Services at The Ohio State University's Counseling and Consultation Service. His areas of professional interests include working contextually with multiple identities, trauma, mood disorders, bilingual therapy (English-Spanish), and issues concerning underserved populations. As part of his theoretical orientation, Dr. Escoto integrates time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral frameworks. Dr. Escoto earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

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, and identity development. She has served as a staff coordinator for Lifeguards, the Counseling Center's suicide prevention outreach program, and is a co-advisor for the Counseling Center's Sexual Assault Response 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 Response 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.

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.

Patricia Rodriguez Gilmore, M.S.ed, LMHCPatricia Rodriguez Gilmore, M.S.ed, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
University of Miami

Ms. Gilmore became licensed in the field of Mental Health Counseling in 2006. She has worked at various treatment settings in both Miami and New York City, including a substance abuse treatment center, a psychoanalytic institute and within the juvenile detention system. The goal of her work is to help individuals articulate thoughts and feelings more authentically, neutralize disturbing emotions, and clear up irrational perspectives that are self-defeating. Her clinical interests include substance abuse issues, GLBT concerns, relationship issues, and depression prevention. She also coordinates Lifeguards, UM's suicide prevention outreach programs.

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. Dr. Sifre is responsible for the coordination of Body Acceptance Resources and Education (BARE) outreach programs.

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.
Darren Bernal, M.A.Darren Bernal, M.A.

Darren Bernal is scheduled to graduate with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami in 2014. He earned his M.A. in General Psychology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he gained experience leading therapeutic and psycho-educational groups for emotion regulation, interpersonal issues, and conflict resolution. His therapeutic approach is goal focused and is grounded in mindfulness and cognitive behavior based practices. Darren’s clinical interests include anxiety issues (performance, sport, social anxiety and excessive worry), stress management, well-being, as well as international and cultural concerns.
Rachel Bloom, Psy. M.Rachel Bloom, Psy. M.

Rachel is completing her Psy.D in the Clinical Psychology Program at The George Washington University where she focused on treatment with adolescents and young adults. During her doctoral training, she has done individual and group therapy as well as psychological and psychoeducational testing in a variety of settings, including a university counseling center, public and private schools, and a community mental health center. Before beginning graduate school, Rachel taught at a school for students with social, emotional, and behavioral issues. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University with a clinical psychology major. Rachel's clinical approach is primarily psychodynamic and relational, but she integrates cognitive and behavioral techniques into her work as well. Her areas of interest are anxiety, college adjustment, relationship distress, family concerns, sexual orientation exploration/LGBTQ issues, athletes, and trauma, among others.
Rafael Hernandez, M.A.Rafael Hernandez, M.A.

Rafael Hernandez is completing his Ph.D. with emphasis in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara. He was raised in San Diego, California and graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Psychology. Rafael speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese and has experience providing counseling in a variety of settings. He employs a strengths-based, collaborative approach to understanding and addressing student concerns within their unique social and cultural contexts. His professional interests include college adjustment and persistence, anxiety and stress reduction, multicultural issues, mindfulness, and career counseling and assessment.
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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