Kathy West-Gerena

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. West has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. She specializes in community mental health and has had the privilege to work with the developmentally disabled as well as with adults suffering from chronic mental disabilities. She is an expert witness in the state of Florida in the environment of incompetence to proceed.

Dr. West has been a contributing faculty at Walden University for 11 years. In the School of Counseling -Experience includes:
Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
Ethics & Legal Issues
Counseling Internship
Diagnosis & Assessment
Counseling & Psychotherapy Theories
Developmental Lifespan
Testing and Assessment
Crisis and Trauma
Career Counseling
Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response
Faculty Mentor 2010-2014
Lead Faculty 2010-2014

In addition Dr. West teaches in the School of Nursing Practicum Program
Psychotherapy and Diagnostic Reasoning


EdD, Argosy University

MS, NOVA Southeastern University

BA, Saint Leo University

Public Service

Pay It Forward, Organizer - Tampa

Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, Volunteer - Tampa

Awards / Honors

Difference Maker, Lakeview Center, 2010

, Northside Behavioral Healthcare, 2015

Clinician of the year, Northside Mental Health, 2002


West, K. L. (2017). Behavior Change. Central Florida Behavioral Health Network Inc