SHP Providers

Jody Brown


Jody L. Brown, M.D.

Director SHCC Psychiatry

Professional Interests: ADHD, Student Mental Health

Jody L. Brown, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Psychiatry and joined the UF faculty in January 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from UF and then attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the integrated programs of Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Brown is is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Click to Continue…



Brent Carr

Brent R. Carr, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist

Brent Carr, MD, is a native of Louisiana. Before arriving at the University of Florida, Dr. Carr served as a faculty member at Tulane University in New Orleans for 20 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in zoology, physiology and philosophy from Louisiana State University in 1992. He also received his medical degree from LSU in 1996. He then completed an internship and residency at Tulane University. Dr. Carr completed a fellowship in electroconvulsive therapy at Emory University and another fellowship in transcranial magnetic stimulation at Duke University.

At Tulane, Dr. Carr treated patients in outpatient and inpatient-psychiatric settings. His areas of expertise include college/campus health, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety disorders and affective disturbances. Dr. Carr also served at the Veteran’s Hospital in New Orleans, where he treated people with post-traumatic stress disorder and directed the affective disorders/bipolar disorder clinic.

Dr. Carr enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students and training residents and is an advocate for rapport building, ethics, compassionate and empathic care and team building within clinical practices and the hospital. He has a specific interest in interventional psychiatry and its effectiveness for those with refractory psychiatric illnesses. He is also interested in differential diagnosis, drug-drug interactions and research in new treatment modalities.


Hong ChenHong Chen, MD

Licensed Psychiatrist

Originally born in China, Dr. Chen received her undergraduate training at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She then received her doctorate degree in medicine at the University of Florida.

She completed her residency in 2010 at the University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her expertise is in psychopharmacology and student mental health services.



Ludmila De FariaLudmila V. Barbosa De Faria, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist

Dr. Ludmila De Faria has been a psychiatrist in Florida for over 15 years, seeing patients, teaching psychopharmacology and participating in research. Dr. De Faria has a special interest in and works closely with minority populations. She is especially interested in increasing access and decreasing mental health disparities among minorities and providing a culturally sensitive environment for patients. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. De Faria was born in Brazil where she earned her Medical Degree from the Universidade de Brasilia and moved to the United States in 1991 to complete medical training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.




Michelle JacobsMichelle Jacobs-Elliott, MD

Licensed Psychiatrist

Dr. Jacobs received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. She then went to the University Of Miami School Of Medicine for her MD.  She completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency at the University of Florida. Next, she completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Florida.

Dr. Jacobs has worked in Student Mental Health since 2000. Prior to that, she worked at a Community Mental Health Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has had a private practice.

Her interests include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Cultural & Women’s Mental Health.  Since 2008 she has also served as an Assistant Dean for the Office for Diversity and Health Equity for the University of Florida College of Medicine. Some of her duties there include the recruitment and retention of Underrepresented in Medicine groups, such as African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.


Nicole Karcinski


Nicole Karcinski, DNP

Board Certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Karcinski joined UF’s Student Health Psychiatry in February 2009. She graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003, from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 2007 with a Master of Science in Nursing, and from The University of Florida in 2016 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. While studying at UF Nicole was recognized for her academic achievement and dedication to patient care as the recipient of the Catherine Bell Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing. Click to Continue…




Marcia MorrisMarcia Morris, MD

Associate Program Director SHCC Psychiatry

Dr. Marcia Morris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida and Associate Program Director for SHCC Psychiatry. Dr. Morris has worked as a psychiatrist at the University of Florida providing clinical care to college students for over twenty-five years. Her areas of specialty include depression and anxiety.

Dr. Morris has conducted research on psychiatric medication use in college students as well as models of care, and has published articles in the Journal of American College Health, Pharmacotherapy, and Current Psychiatry Reports.  She has presented talks at annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, American College Health Association, and American College Counseling Association.

Through writing and media appearances, Dr. Morris promotes preventive care and comprehensive treatment of mental health in the college years. Her book The Campus Cure: A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness for College Students was published in 2018.  She has a Psychology Today blog on “College Wellness: Promoting happiness and health in the college years.” She has been published in the New York Times and has appeared on NPR’s On Point.

Dr. Morris received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University in English and American Literature and a medical degree from Yale University. She completed her psychiatry residency at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She is a board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has previously Co-Chaired the College Mental Health Task Group of the National Network of Depression Centers.


Julie RodriguezJulie Rodriguez, MD

Licensed Psychiatrist

Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Rodriguez started her educational journey at the Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Mayaguez completing her B.S. in Science Biology. She proceeded to gain her M.D. from the Universidad Catholica Madre y Maestra Dominican Republic in 2004. Dr. Rodriguez then completed her General Psychiatry Residency here at the University of Florida.

Dr. Rodriguez is interested in psychotic disorders and chronically ill patients. She has spent a lot of time with the homeless mentally ill. Her other area of passion is helping undergraduate and graduate students with mental illness. “Many of these patients are away from home for the first time, and having a mental illness during this time makes this transition even harder.”


Karen RyeKaren Rye, MSN, APRN-BC

Board Certified Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Assistant Professor, UF College Of Nursing

Practitioner Karen Rye graduated with a BS in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 1980 and completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 1987 with an emphasis on nursing education and a clinical focus in high-risk perinatal nursing. After 16 years of practice in newborn intensive care and labor and delivery as a staff nurse, nursing instructor and clinical educator, she was employed for 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where she spent the last 11 of those years consulting with psychiatric providers regarding the use of antipsychotics.

In 2008 Ms. Rye completed post-graduate training at the University of Florida for certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and was board certified in 2009. Her primary area of interest is psychopharmacology. She has practiced in community mental health outpatient clinics where she has developed a specific interest and expertise in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She has experience treating acute psychiatric disorders including anxiety, mood disorders, and psychoses and providing maintenance medication management.

In addition to practicing part-time at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center since 2010, she also holds a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Florida’s College of Nursing. In the College of Nursing, she serves as a part-time clinical faculty preceptor for DNP students and provides mental health services in their nurse-managed rural health clinic, Archer Family Health Care.


Rizan YozgatRizan Yozgat, MAE, MSN, APRN-BC

ANCC Board-Certified Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Rizan Yozgat received her master’s degree in education with a major in Community/Agency Counseling in 1990 from Western Kentucky University. She received her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida in 2002 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began working at UF in 2002, is a generalist and enjoys working with students facing a variety of challenges.