University Health and Counseling Services

Liza Little PsyD, APRN

Director of Counseling Services

Office Location

105 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus


(207) 780-4050


Liza Little, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Nurse Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health and the Director of Counseling Services at USM. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing and Zoology in 1977 from the University of Vermont and practiced as a nurse practitioner in women’s health care for seven years. During those years she started one of the first integrated practices at the Vermont Women’s Health Center where behavioral health services were integrated with reproductive services. She received her Master’s in Nursing at McGill University in 1982. Later she earned her Doctorate degree in Psychology at Antioch New England University in 1992.

Since receiving her graduate degrees, Dr. Little has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, joined the University of New Hampshire nursing faculty in 1994 and was tenured as an associate professor in 2003.

Dr. Little moved to Maine in 2005 and served as the Associate Director of Residential Services at Spurwink Services in Portland Maine for five years and became the Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services for Southern Maine Health Care from 2010-2018. Dr. Little also started the Counseling Services program at York County Community College in Wells, Maine between 2014-2018.

Beyond her work at USM, Dr. Little enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, she loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family.