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Valerie Russell

Title: Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Coordinator

Office: ZEB 238B

Phone: 305-348-3865


Specialty: Rehabilitation Counseling

Department(s): Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology

Dr. Valerie E. D. Russell had 17 years of previous work experience in the areas of community mental health, rehabilitation, substance abuse, crisis intervention and criminal justice. She also had extensive experience developing statewide staff training initiatives as a consultant for various statewide community agency settings, prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at FIU in 2011.


  • PhD ( 2011) Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Rehabilitation Administration
  • Ed S(2008)The Florida State University, Rehabilitation Counseling
  • MA ( 2001 ) University of South Florida, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Research Areas

Counseling Skills and Techniques, Staff Development, Training and Program Evaluation, Ethical Issues in Counseling, Multicultural Concerns, Special Populations, Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders