University Health and Counseling Services

Desiree Lawrence

Administrative Specialist

Office Location

105 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus


(207) 780-4219


Desiree has worked at The University of Southern Maine since 2017, working in Counseling Services for about a year. In her role as Administrative Specialist, she serves the students as well as assists the Director of the department with various projects.  Her background in mental health settings, as well as other student service positions, has proven to be an invaluable resource for Desiree.  She enjoys working  with the students and staff in CS and is grateful to be part of the team.

When she is not at USM, she volunteers for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as well as Rowe Camp & Conference Center. She provides training, facilitates groups, supports fundraising, and serves on their Boards. 

Desiree has lived in Maine since 1989 and has been married for 30 years. She is an animal lover who currently owns a cat (or should she say the cat owns Dez). In her spare time she especially enjoys "crafting" and hanging out at the Beach.