APA Council Representative Biography

Lisa Ferdinand, Ph.D.
Pronouns: She/Her
Term: 2022-2024

Lisa A. Ferdinand, Ph.D., is one of the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Council Representatives (2022-2024). She previously served as the Society’s Vice-President for Professional Practice and the Chair for the Society’s Section on Supervision and Training. During her term as VP for Professional Practice, Dr. Ferdinand organized continuing education workshops focused on providing culturally congruent clinical services for clients of the global majority that were attended by over 3000 mental health providers nationally and internationally. Dr. Ferdinand has conducted research, published peer-reviewed articles, and/or presented nationally on reducing health disparities among low-income and culturally diverse populations, fostering leadership potential among international students and professionals, providing culturally congruent supervision and training, and improving access to mental health services for traditionally underserved students on university campuses.  Dr. Ferdinand’s clinical interests include supervision and training, multiculturalism and social justice, primary care behavioral health, trauma-informed care, and crisis management and intervention. She has certificates in Primary Care Behavioral Health and Telebehavioral Health. Dr. Ferdinand served the University of South Florida community for 13 years through her work at the Counseling Center, where she held roles as the Crisis Response Coordinator, Postdoctoral Fellowship Coordinator, Interim Co-Director, and Assistant Director for Clinical Services, before transitioning to consulting work in fall 2022. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Clinical Supervision Research Collaborative, an international and cross-disciplinary community of supervision researchers and practitioners committed to promoting quality clinical supervision research that informs clinical practice.