Student Health Psychiatry Staff

Providers

Marcia R Morris

Marcia R Morris M.D.

Dr. Marcia Morris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is the Associate Program Director for Student Health Psychiatry. She has provided care to UF students for over 25 years. Dr. Morris has given talks and published papers on depression, anxiety, and mental health treatment systems in the college population.

Dr. Morris’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Gainesville Sun. She currently writes a Psychology Today parenting blog, “College Wellness: Promoting Happiness & Health in the College Years.” Her book, The Campus Cure: A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health & Wellness for College Students, was published January, 2018. She received an undergraduate degree from Harvard, a medical degree from Yale, and psychiatry residency training at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of its College Mental Health Caucus.

Clinical Interests:
  • Adolescent depression
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
Michelle E Jacobs-Elliott

Michelle E Jacobs-Elliott M.D.

Dr. Jacobs-Elliott began her academic career by receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. She then pursued a Medical Degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. After graduating from the University of Miami, she completed her psychiatry residency, as well as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Florida. She currently works at the Student Health Care Center as a staff Psychiatrist.

Recently, Dr. Jacobs-Elliott was co-chair of a search committee for a Counseling and Wellness Center Psychiatrist position. She has also participated in various presentations on topics such as Depression in African American Women, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Mental Health Issues for Women. She plans to continue these in the future. Dr. Jacobs’s involvement with the Minority Mentors Program for the university has given her an opportunity to meet with undergraduate freshmen students as well as other university professors and staff from various departments. Due to these contacts she has also done some consulting with a member of the College of Nursing. In the future she plans to continue her service to the university by becoming involved with the admissions process for the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Clinical Interests:
  • Adolescent depression
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
  • Panic disorder
Brent R Carr

Brent R Carr M.D.

In my capacity as co-Director of the Neuromodulation Fellowship Training and Chief of Electroconvulsive Therapy Services, I am privileged to guide the management of UF’s dual hospital ECT facilities. My role encompasses delivering psychiatric Deep Brain Stimulation programming and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, while facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration with the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, and anesthesia, evidencing a shared commitment to advancing patient care. My dedication extends beyond these responsibilities to include a part-time clinical engagement at the Student Health Center, where patient well-being is at the forefront of our efforts.

My intellectual pursuits and clinical endeavors extensively span disciplines within and adjacent to psychiatry, including neuromodulation, the arcane principles of electromagnetic field theory, and emerging psychiatric modalities such as psychedelic neuroscience and neurophenomenology. Within this array, my interests also encompass collegiate sports psychiatry, focusing on the unique mental health needs of student-athletes. Additionally, advocating for the infusion of the arts and humanities into the medical realm forms a core part of my approach, convinced that such integration profoundly augments empathetic connections, facilitates meaningful rapport, and catalyzes compassionate, patient-attuned care.

Building on a foundation of undergraduate degrees in zoology, physiology, and philosophy obtained from Louisiana State University in 1992, my education continued at LSU, New Orleans, where I completed medical school in 1996. Subsequently, I completed a psychiatry residency at Tulane University. My tenure at Tulane University spanned 20 years, during which I notably served as the director of ECT. I augmented this training with fellowships in electroconvulsive therapy at Emory University and in transcranial magnetic stimulation at Duke University, advancing my interest and understanding of neuropsychiatric treatments.

In my mentorship role, I empower students and residents to lead and present a broad spectrum of scholarly activities. Their work, for which they serve as first authors, is exhibited across respected platforms such as the World Federation of Neurology, the World Congress of Psychiatry, and the American Psychiatric Association. Our collaborative inquiries probe diverse topics, including innovative therapies in neuropsychiatric care, the exploration of biophysical mechanisms in neural modulation, transformative applications of psychotropic research in clinical settings, and complexities of cognitive science. Additionally, we have explored topics like the impact of legislative policies on psychiatric care, the potential of deep brain stimulation in complex cases, and the historical antecedents of neurobiology. These contributions not only strengthen their academic training but also underscore our commitment to pioneering advancements in psychiatric practice. Through this focused mentorship, I aim to advance the field of psychiatry and cultivate the next cadre of professionals dedicated to enhancing patient outcomes and broadening the horizons of mental health care.

— ✦✧✦ — For those students drawn to scholarly pursuits or residents aspiring to join the Neuromodulation Training Fellowship program, direct email correspondence is encouraged. — ✦✧✦ —

Clinical Interests:
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Depression
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Hong Chen

Hong Chen M.D.

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.

She is currently working in the outpatient setting at the CWC, her main clinical duties include treating students with mental illness and collaborating with onsite therapists. She also provides direct supervision of psychiatric nurse practitioners at the CWC. Dr. Chen also has inpatient responsibilities/privileges at the UF Health affiliated psychiatric hospital.

Raj Patel

Raj Patel MD

I am an assistant professor in psychiatry and work as an outpatient attending in the Adult Outpatient Clinic as well as the UF Student Healthcare Center. I received my medical degree at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine after completing an accelerated undergraduate degree at USF.

In medical school and residency training, I took a particular interest in working with young adults as well as in educating future generations of physicians. During medical school I was involved in multiple educational committees and continued to remain involved in educating medical students throughout my residency training.

I have special expertise and passion in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD and eating disorders. I prefer to integrate both medication and therapy into treatment plans and into each clinic visit.

Clinical Interests:
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders – resources
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
Julie R Rodriguez

Julie R Rodriguez M.D.

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 Catholic Madre y Maestra Dominican Republic. Dr. Rodriguez entered her Residency education here at the University of Florida in our Adult Psychiatry division in 2007.

Dr. Rodriguez is Board certified with the American Psychiatry Association. She holds several certifications/licensure including Baker act online training course certification and Suicide prevention course certification.

Dr. Rodriguez is interested in psychotic disorders and the 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.”

Clinical Interests:
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobia – simple/specific
  • Postpartum depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Smoking cessation medications
Jeremy M Titus

Jeremy M Titus APRN

Jeremy grew up in Delaware, Ohio, which is a small farm town just north of Columbus. In 2002, he received a BS degree in Biology from Wright State University and worked in cancer research. He then transitioned to the clinical environment as a hospital based EMT at the Scripps Mercy Hospital Emergency Department in San Diego, California and eventually moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he lived and worked for six years. In 2011, Jeremy and his wife moved to Gainesville. Jeremy received his Associates of Nursing from Santa Fe College in 2015 and his BSN from the University of Florida in 2019. He began working for Shands Hospital shortly after moving here and worked as a nurse in the cardiac ICU, psychiatric nurse in the medsurg/psych unit, and as a psychiatric nurse at UF Health Psychiatric Hospital. In 2019 he transitioned to UF Student Health Psychiatry as a nurse. Jeremy received his Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida in 2023 and began practicing at UF Student Health Psychiatry. He currently works at Archer Family Health Care Clinic as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Jeremy lives in Gainesville with his wife and 3 children and enjoys motorsports, kayaking, and mountain biking.

Rizan S Yozgat

Rizan S Yozgat APRN

Rizan Yozgat has been an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with the University of Florida’s Student Health Psychiatry since 2002 when she graduated with her MSN from UF . She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UF and a Master of Arts in Education with a Mental Health Counseling specialization from Western Kentucky University. She enjoys providing supportive therapy as well as psychopharmacology for the students with whom she works. Her interests and expertise are in treating anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD and the various mental health issues facing young adults. In addition, she enjoys working with international students and is aware of the additional challenges they face while attending the university.

Louis W Solomon

Louis W Solomon M.D.

Louis Solomon, M.D. is a clinical assistant professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Ideally suited for chief of brain stimulation, Dr. Solomon is both a psychiatrist and neurosurgeon and has an extensive background in neuroanatomy and neuroscience. Dr. Solomon believes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) are treatments that have changed the face of psychiatry. TMS is an outpatient treatment proven effective in treating depressive illness. Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who have not completely responded to one or more antidepressants are ideal patients for TMS.

ECT has been much improved and continues to be used safely and effectively at UF. DBS has been used experimentally at UF for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, OCD and trials are expected in depression. Dr. Solomon is an exemplary psychiatrist who is very active in the community volunteering as a physician and psychiatrist at the Helping Hands free clinic and elsewhere. He helps ‘student doctors’ understand that psychiatry is a science but also an art built through experience. Trainees participate in the management of patients and can see that psychiatric treatments can be very effective.

Clinical Interests:
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Major depression
  • Major depression with psychotic features
  • Suicide and suicidal behavior
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Ludmila V Barbosa De Faria

Ludmila V Barbosa De Faria M.D.

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 United States in 1991 to complete medical training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.

Clinical Interests:
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Major depression
  • Major depression with psychotic features
  • Substance use disorder

Case Managers

Monica A Cuellar

Monica A Cuellar

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Monica Cuellar completed her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Leo University majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Human Resources. She provides support to our Psychiatrists, Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and students. In her role as the Clinical Case Manager, Monica’s primary responsibility is to assist students in connecting with community and UF Campus resources. Monica works very closely with post hospitalization and post graduate patients, and provides support while establishing or transitioning care with community providers. She is very passionate about helping others, especially those in need of additional resources. Monica believes in having a work-life balance; she enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, and listening to music.

Laketa Taylor

Laketa Taylor

Support Staff

Donna L Moore

Donna L Moore

Clin Svc Representative II
Rachel Nunez

Rachel Nunez

Clin Svc Representative II
Sarah S Van Ess

Sarah S Van Ess

Clin Svc Representative II