Mark Sylvester, MD, ABAM

Mark Sylvester, MD, ABAM, was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He received his medical education at the University of Miami and training at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Sylvester received graduate education in Neuropsychopharmacology and Psychobiology. He is board certified in Psychiatry & Neurology and Addiction Medicine.  In addition to caring for his patients with FCITT, Dr. Sylvester practices outpatient care in Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Sylvester is an adjunct faculty member at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) where he lectures and clinically trains medical students. He is active in research and is published in the Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Global Drug Policy, and American Journal of Psychiatry, on topics related to biomechanics, obesity/food addiction, professionalism, addiction in clinical practice, and psychiatric symptoms in end-of-life care.

Eli Kolp, MD

Eli Kolp, MD, was born and educated in the former Soviet Union. His parents, both physicians, practiced medicine throughout Central Asia, and the family lived in several different republics before settling in Moscow in 1970. Dr. Kolp completed medical school in 1973, a surgical internship in 1974 and residency training in psychiatry in 1978. He practiced psychiatry in Moscow until 1981, when he immigrated to the United States.


Dr. Kolp spent two years studying English, learning American culture and preparing for licensure in the United States. After passing the ECFMG and FLEX, he completed a second residency training in psychiatry in 1987 at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. While there, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, where he was selected for the 1987 - 1988 Dean's Teaching Excellence List and was also presented the Inpatient Teaching Award.


In 1988, Dr. Kolp moved to Tampa to continue his education at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he completed a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry in 1989. During the same year, Dr. Kolp joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as Clinical Assistant Professor at the USF College of Medicine and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Since that time, Dr. Kolp maintains his interests in both academic and clinical psychiatry. In addition, he established and maintained a private practice, and has served in the position of Medical Director in several mental health facilities in the Tampa Bay area, directing various inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment programs.


Using a variety of methods to treat his patients, Dr. Kolp specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of people with a spectrum of psychiatric health problems, including anxiety/panic disorder, depression/mood disorders,  addictive illnesses and eating disorders.

Harris Friedman, PhD

Dr. Friedman is a licensed clinician, but currently serves only on the Board of FCITT, while periodically providing supervision to other FCITT providers. 


Dr. Friedman was born and raised in Florida.  He moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University, where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in sociology, and then his doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University.  He did post-graduate work at Duke University and University of California Berkeley, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Emory University’s Grady Hospital.  After completing this training, he returned to Florida, where he has lived since.  He completed a post-doctoral internship at University of Florida, where he has remained affiliated for many years, recently retiring as a Research Full Professor but remaining on the faculty as a Courtesy Full Professor.  He has also been on the faculty of a number of other colleges and universities, retiring as Professor Emeritus at Saybrook University and now teaching part-time at Goddard College, both schools that allow him to live in Florida and teach remotely.


As an active academic, Dr. Friedman is internationally known as a researcher and author of over 200 papers, many in top-rated psychology and general science journals.  He has also published many books, the most recent being The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology (2013), The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology, Volumes 1-3 (2014), and Transcultural Competence (2015, American Psychological Association Books).  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and in 2015 received its Humanistic Psychology Division's prestigious Abraham Maslow Award for "exploring the farther reaches of human spirit."


Throughout most of his academic career, Dr. Friedman has also been in the private practice of both clinical and consulting psychology, and is board certified in both areas through the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He has focused much of his applied work on creating and managing nonprofits bringing clinical psychology services to underserved populations, as well as has consulted globally in many cultures to corporations and governments. In 2003, he received Florida Psychological Association’s annual award for “Outstanding Contributions in the Public Interest.”  As a practicing clinical psychologist, he is known for his work in providing innovative psychotherapies, and in using new technologies, such as virtual reality applications and telehealth, for making psychological services more accessible for everyone.