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Shoua-Desmarais, Nathaly, Psy.D, BCB

Title: Director, Medical Student Counseling and Wellness, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor

Office: GL-340 B

Phone: 305-348-8822 or 305-348-1460


Department(s): Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Dr. Shoua-Desmarais completed her doctorate training in 2007 from Nova Southeastern University with specialization in Health Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Florida International University Counseling and Psychological Services.  She became licensed in the state of Florida in 2009 and has worked in private practice, medical hospital settings, and college counseling centers. Dr. Shoua-Desmarais also worked as a psychometrician and developed expertise in psychoeducational assessments. She specializes in anxiety, depression, and relaxation therapies using Biofeedback, and compassion fatigue/burnout. 

Dr. Shoua-Desmarais joined the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in 2011 and since then has provided counseling services to the medical student body, including wellness services such as biofeedback. In 2014, she became broad-certified as a Biofeedback Specialist. In 2016, Dr. Shoua-Desmarais became the director of Medical Student Counseling and Wellness. Her primary roles include administrator of the Center and full-time psychologist for the medical students. She is also co-chair of the colleges Fit & Well Committee and has published research on topics of burnout in medical students. Her research interests include mindfulness and empathy and burnout in medical professionals.

Education and Training:

  • D. Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale FL
    M.S., Mental Health Counseling,


  • APA Achievement Award for Early Career Professionals - 2014


  • Harscher, H. V., Desmarais, N., Dollinger, R., Grossman, S., & Aldana, S. (2017). The impact of empathy on burnout in medical students: New findings. Psychology, Health & Medicine,23(3), 295-303. doi:10.1080/13548506.2017.1374545