Scotland-Coogan, Diane

Title: Assistant Professor

Department:   Social Work Department

Phone: 352-588-8831



  • Bachelor of Social Work, Saint Leo University
  • Masters of Social Work, University of South Florida
  • Doctorate in Psychology, Capella University

Dr. Scotland-Coogan is an LCSW who assisted in the creation of a nonprofit agency, K9 Partners for Patriots, which provides service dogs for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma, which is supported by the Department of Defense. Dr. Scotland-Coogan is a certified clinical supervisor for the state of Florida. She has been a psychotherapist with children who had experienced trauma, and a licensing specialist of foster and adoptive homes. As a certified Model Approach in Partnership in Parenting  class trainer she worked with families seeking to become foster or adoptive parents.  Dr. Scotland-Coogan has presented on such topics as motivational interviewing, working with veterans with PTSD and their families, service dogs for PTSD, and working with children and families in treatment.  She has published research on treatment for PTSD, as well as written a chapter in the Social Work Desk Reference on working with military families.  

Community Affiliation:

  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the Council on Social Work Education
  • Founding Member K9 Partners for Patriots

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Scotland-Coogan’s research focuses on treatment for PTSD and anxiety disorders.  Understanding how the brain responds to anxious situations has laid the foundation for identifying beneficial interventions to reduce levels of anxiety and improve quality of life.  Preparing students to work with vulnerable populations from a psychological, biological, social and spiritual perspective is what drives her teaching philosophy.  

Honors & Awards: 

  • Heroes Among Us Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Congressional Challenge Coin presented to K9 Partners for Patriots
  • Member Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • Member Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences



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