College of Arts and Sciences, USF

Meet your USF Health Professions Advisors!

Health Professions Advisors- All Majors

There are 2 Health Professions Advisors at USF to aide students from all majors in course selection, career advisement, pre-health requirements and recommendations and more.

Melvin James, Ph.D.

Dr. Melvin James coordinates the Division of Health Professions Advising at the University of South Florida and has over 20 years of experience in Health Professions Advising. He also serves as an adjunct professor teaching courses in the Honors College and portfolio courses for pre-health students. He has served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department at the Dupigny College, where he taught General, Organic Chemistry and General Biology and has also taught graduate level courses in psychology and counseling. Dr. James is an expert in the area of Student Success, Assessment, Diversity and Strategic Planning and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Counselor Education. He is a licensed psychotherapist and a Florida Certified Forensic Examiner.


Anthony Iannelli, M.Ed.

Anthony Iannelli Jr. is from Melbourne, FL and is an alumnus of the University of South Florida (USF). Anthony completed his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in General Business Administration at USF. In addition, Anthony earned his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs at USF. He has worked across the USF campus in areas including Student Government (SG), New Student Connections (NSC), the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE), the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and the Transitional Advising Center (TRAC). He joined the Chemistry Department as an Academic Advisor in January 2013 and has advised for the Division of Health Professions since February 2015. Anthony is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and the USF Bulls.


Front Desk Peer Assistants

Cristina Melendez-Pena

Junior, Medical Technology Major


Jasmine Beaulieu

Freshman, Psychology Major


Daniela Rico

Senior, Integrative Animal Biology Major



Health Professions Certified Advisors

In addition to Dr. James and Mr. Iannelli select academic advisors are officially recognized by the Division of Health Professions Advisors as Health Professions Certified and can provide pre-health advisement to students in their major. These advisors are:

  • Mary Cuthbertson- Biology Majors
  • Lauren Keroack - Psychology Majors
  • Renea Forde- First Year Students

"The USF Division of Health Professions Advising would like to thank Mrs. Lauren Albaum for her time to the office from July 2014-December 2016. Mrs. Albaum's contributions to the USF Division of Health Professions Advising were very much appreciated by the office and the students, faculty and staff of the University of South Florida."