Dr. Rebecca Kennedy
- Assistant Vice President and Director of Counseling Services
Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Vice President and the Director of Counseling Services. She provides leadership and oversight to Student Health Services, Wellness Services, Student Disability Resources, and Counseling Services as well as holding the status of Chief Mental Health Officer. She has been at the University of West Florida since 1999 in a variety of roles including staff psychologist, Director, Student Health and Wellness Education, and Director Health and Counseling.
She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology magna cum laude at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology magna cum laude at George Mason University. She is a Licensed Psychologist and worked in a variety of settings with children, adults, and families before beginning her work here at UWF. At UWF she has provided mental health assessments, psychotherapy and EMDR, supervised and trained mental health interns, post-doctoral residents, and practicum students, provided consultation to staff, faculty and students, served on numerous committees, written and managed grants, served on the CARE team, and managed the student health fee.
She has presented continuing education workshops on such issues as work-life balance and trauma and over 300 workshops to students including stress and time management, relationship workshops, and a myriad of mental health promotion workshops. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct both here at UWF and at Niagara University.
She is passionate about prevention and intentionally endeavors to help create a culture at UWF in which students, staff and faculty strive for physical and mental health. She particularly enjoys her interactions with students. Students occupy a unique status or place in the world, the status of someone who is exploring, learning and integrating new ideas and information into their world. All of her efforts at UWF culminate in the goal of helping students reach their academic goals, live life well and enjoy it.