Dr. Deborah Russo and Sylvia Gargan manage overall vision and day to day operations of the Rosewood Institute. Also vital to our mission is our fantastic bureau of highly experienced and trained expert speakers.
Deborah Russo, Psy.D.
Executive Director of Training & Education
Deborah A. Russo, Psy.D. is the Director of Training and Education for The Rosewood Institute. Her roles include the development and management of educational matters related to the Rosewood staff and mental health professionals. Areas of focus are increasing awareness of eating disorders through conference planning and completion, including writing and researching for Rosewood staff training, curriculum development, internship program enhancement and professional instruction and certification.
Dr. Russo completed an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida with a Minor in Women’s Studies. She additionally obtained a Masters of Science and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Russo received the Elizabeth B. Wolf award for Clinical Excellence from FIT and the “Women at their Best” Glamour Magazine award for assisting women in transforming their lives and their cultures.
Dr. Russo has 28 years collective clinical experience working with individuals and families within outpatient, partial and inpatient settings. She has 10 + years tenure educating health professionals, academic institutions and community agencies nationally to recognize, intervene and encourage treatment of eating disorders. Her work is published in several treatment professional journals including Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment, Prevention and the Georgia Psychologist. She maintains a practice in Marietta, Georgia. And, she and her husband are the proud parents of three children.
Training & Education Assistant
Sylvia Gargan is the Training & Educational Assistant of The Rosewood Institute, which is an educational division of the Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. A 1979 graduate of the Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, MA, she brings over 25 years of administrative and executive assistant experience to her role at Rosewood. Sylvia provides administrative support to the Executive Director of Training & Education, which includes submitting ‘call for speaker’ proposals for annual conference speaking events for Rosewood faculty/speakers bureau members, coordinating travel arrangements for visiting professionals and faculty/speakers bureau members, coordinating monthly professional educational face-to-face and online webinars and educational events, submitting applications for continuing education provider status for educational events, and ensuring that CE provider requirements are met.
Sylvia lives in Northwestern Arizona, with her husband of 29 years, Dennis, and enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, six small dogs, two cockatiels, a cat, and a fish.