The Wellness Center is staffed with credentialed, licensed professionals and graduate student trainees providing Counseling & Psychological Services, Health Services, and Health Promotion & Education Services. All of our staff are Certified USFSP Safe Zone Allies and are trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Counseling and Psychological Services Staff
Dr. Anita Sahgal, a licensed clinical psychologist, has worked at USFSP since January 2008. She currently serves as the Director of the Wellness Center and Student Disability Services. Dr. Sahgal received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has trained and worked with people of all backgrounds and in many different settings throughout her career. Dr. Sahgal approaches her clinical work from an integrative and holistic perspective, emphasizing developmental and cultural dynamics. Her areas of interest include: mind-body wellness, social justice, group psychotherapy, clinical training/supervision, educational outreach/consultation, positive psychology and advocacy/leadership. Additionally, Dr. Sahgal is a certified QPR trainer, a Safe Zone Trainer, and Gallup Strengths coach. She has completed training in USFSP Leadership and Management and the NCBI Leadership for Diversity Institute.
Dr. Suzanne Stambaugh, a licensed psychologist, earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Stambaugh is a native of St. Petersburg and joined the USFSP Wellness Center in 2014 after working as a Staff Psychologist at Eckerd College Counseling Services. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center and her postdoctoral fellowship in the Multidisciplinary Eating Recovery Intensive Treatment (MERIT) Program at Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois. Her interests include interpersonal process psychotherapy, family and relationship concerns, women’s issues, eating disorders, group therapy, and training and supervision. Dr. Stambaugh works from an integrative and interpersonal theoretical orientation, incorporating feminist and dialectical behavior therapy informed approaches. Dr. Stambaugh is a Safe Zone Trainer.
Miguel Rivera completed his graduate studies in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. After working in community mental health for 13 years, he went on to counseling students and teaching several courses in psychology. Miguel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He is also trained as a Suicide Prevention Gate Keeper trainer, focusing on students and veterans. He works from a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment, which focuses on identifying dysfunctional thought patterns that are causing distress. His areas of interest and experience include: mental health disorders, substance abuse, depression, anger management, crisis intervention, trauma, gender identity, relationship issues, anxiety, and grief and loss. His approach involves a caring, acceptance, non-judgmental and holistic approach, which emphasizes the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional person as a whole. Miguel is a Safe Zone Trainer.
Kelly is a doctoral candidate studying Clinical Psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) in Tampa. Kelly has a B.A in Psychology from Argosy University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from FSPP. Her interests include working with the LGBTQ population, gender identity, mindfulness, trauma, substance abuse, and is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner. Kelly approaches her clinical work from an integrative perspective while emphasizing mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal interventions.
Chacy is currently in her fourth year of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Florida School of Professional Psychology. Her primary focus is complex and developmental trauma. Chacy also has a particular interest in women’s issues and obtained a Minor in Women’s Studies in her undergraduate program. She has been trained and certified as both a Domestic Violence Advocate and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.
Mandy Hines is a licensed mental health clinician in the state of Florida. She began working with the Wellness Center in 2005 as our on-call Victim Advocate. Since then, Mandy has also provided consultation and training services for our staff. In addition to her work with USFSP, Mandy also works as the clinical supervisor for “The Family Reunification Team” of PEMHS. FRT is an intensive outpatient program that provides an array of services to families involved in Dependency Court. Mandy has extensive experience in the areas of crisis management, trauma, and grief. Mandy also provides individual, family, and group counseling at The Life Center of Tampa. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Health Services Staff
Aimee Dougherty joined the Wellness Center in March 2017 as the Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. In 1999, she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from USF. She obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from USF in 2010 and is an Adult Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career background includes primary care, women’s health, and oncology. She enjoys educating students and has a special interest in women’s health.
Julia Hilderbrand is a Licensed Practical Nurse who joined the staff at the USF St. Petersburg’s Wellness Center in April 2013 although she has been working with USF Tampa since August 2009. She received her licensure from Columbia Health Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri. Julia worked at the University of Missouri Student Health Center until 2004 and has also worked in a Dermatology clinic. She has experience with family practice and general health, dermatology, sports medicine, and women’s health. Julia also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Barbara Chacon is a certified Medical Assistant who joined the staff at the USF St Petersburg’s Wellness Center in March 2014. She received her certification from Concorde Career Institute. Barbara has experience working with family practice, critical care, pulmonology, and sleep disorders. Barbara also speaks Spanish.
Katie is a registered and licensed dietitian. She has been working at USF Tampa since 2010 and joined the staff at the Wellness Center in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Georgia Southern University and Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida. Her areas of interest include sports nutrition, weight management and eating disorders.
Health Promotion and Education Staff
Victoria M. Beltran, MPH, CHES joined the Wellness Center in 2013 as the Health Educator. She received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, her Master of Public Health degree from Emory University, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and received a certificate of completion in Sexuality Education from the University of Michigan in 2015. Victoria has worked at the CDC, non-profit organizations, and hospitals. She believes that health promotion enhances the college experience by helping young adults become better students through overall better health and wellness. This should be done by incorporating theory, evidence, and creativity to improve student health on campus. She is also the advisor for P.E.E.R.S. (Promoting Education, Empowerment, Education, and Support). Her areas of interest include sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, LGBTQIA+ health issues, healthy relationships, domestic and relationship violence prevention, nutrition and healthy cooking, program planning, and evaluation. She teaches 2 classes at USFSP: Health for Life and Human Sexuality. Victoria is a lead Safe Zone Trainer.
TBD, MPH Field Placement Intern
Melanie joined the university in August 2012. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Wichita State University. She is planning on pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of South Florida. She is the front desk assistant at the Wellness Center office. She will be your first contact here, either by phone or in person. She helps schedule students for all appointments, processes paperwork for insurances, collects payment for any out of pocket fees, and various administrative duties for the Clinical team.
Kadife received her B.A. in teaching English from abroad and had ten years teaching experience before moving to the U.S. She worked at USF in College of Education for four years before joining USFSP’s Wellness Center in 2010. Kadife is responsible for the daily operations of the Wellness Center office including: web-site editing, travel, purchasing, budgeting, client scheduling, correspondence, special projects, and supervising support personnel.
Christine is a first year student majoring in Finance. She plans on getting her bachelor’s degree at USFSP and then her Master’s in Health Administration at USF Tampa. Her areas of interest are alcohol and other drugs, depression, and stress relief. This position is responsible for restocking/keeping track of the condom bag output, decorating the bulletin boards around the office corresponding to important health-related news, data entry, marketing, and any other duties needed at the Wellness Center.