College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


RMHC Program Gains New Director
Chih-Chin Chou, PhD has accepted the position of Program Director for the Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Program, effective August 7, 2015.
Chief: Orlando police to add 450 body cameras to officers after USF study
University of South Florida researchers began the study in March 2014 with the goal to explore "the perceptions of Orlando police officers toward body worn cameras and the effect of body worn cameras on officer [and citizen] behavior."
Fed funding for police body cameras a small step
University of South Florida researchers are studying the potential use of police body cameras in the city to improve professionalism. The theory of the cameras is that -- when police don't turn them off or fail to turn them on -- the record and attention help promote better behavior.
HIPPY Curriculum Selected To Help Student Entrepreneurs Improve Early Childhood Education For Poor Children In Sub-Saharan Africa
The Florida Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center Opens in a new window, housed within the Department of Child & Family Studies at USF, has developed a unique collaboration with Team Athollo, a student team that is part of the entrepreneurial center at the University of Tampa.
Police training is smart, preventive step forward
The Cheektowaga Police Department has taken a proactive step regarding police bias by participating in a fair and impartial policing training led by Lorie Fridell, associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida - Tampa.
The Fallout of Freddie Gray
Finally, we speak with LORIE FRIDELL, associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, about the implicit biases of police officers, and what can be done to correct them.
CSD's SLP Master's Program Top 10 in the Nation
The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders' Speech-Language Pathology Master's program was recently ranked the number 9 top SLP program in the nation by
MHLP Faculty to Serve as Research Partners on 3-Year Grant
Scott Young, PhD, (PI) and Kathleen Moore, PhD, (Co-PI) have successfully executed a three-year contract to serve as the research partners for a three-year grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC).
CSD Student Wins Research Award
Laura Henning from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders received a Research Excellence award at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. As one of the winners, she received $250 and was recognized in front of the USF leadership at a special luncheon on April 23, 2015.
MHLP Assistant Professor Awarded Fellow Status
Khary Rigg, PhD, was recently notified that he will be awarded fellow status with the University of Pennsylvania Center Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) for a three year term.
2015 Undergraduate Research in Physiology Award
Undergraduate Neurophysiology of Aging lab research assistant, Anthony Asta, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Undergraduate Research in Physiology Award for his Undergraduate Colloquium poster entitled, Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials in Individuals with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment.
CBCS Internal Grant Program
After a brief hiatus, the CBCS Research Council reopened the internal grant program and accepted proposals to be awarded beginning Summer 2015.
USF, bartenders work to prevent sexual assault
As a bystander, you really have two options: you can either stand there and do nothing or you can step up and intervene," says Dr. Rachael Powers, associate professor of criminology at USF and coordinator of the Bar Training for Active Bystanders program....
BLLING Healthy Speech-Language-Hearing Fair
The Bilingual Language and Literacy Investigative and Networking Group (BLLING), in collaboration with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders' Speech, Language, and Hearing Center conducted its first "Healthy Speech-Language-Hearing" Fair to benefit Spanish-speaking immigrant families in Plant City, FL.
MHLP Research Associate Professor Receives Diversity Award
Celia Lescano, PhD, was recently awarded the 2015 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Pediatric Psychology by Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology; SPP) of the American Psychological Association.
CBCS International Travel Grant Program
This program is designed to provide targeted support for faculty travel that is directly related to future or currently sponsored grant applications or significant publications.
CBCS Students Win Undergraduate Research Awards
Nina Dearwater, a Long Term Care Administration major in the School of Aging Studies and the President the USF Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega Gerontology Honor's Society and Kacey Renfroe from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders were selected as one of the winners of the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium.
2015 Summer Institutes on Universal Design & Assistive Technology/Technologies for Children with Autism
The Summer Institutes are facilitated by USF faculty and professionals who have expertise in supporting the needs of high-risk students, as well as children with autism and related disabilities.
Criminology Associate Professor Appointed to Advisory Board
OJ Mitchell, PhD, has been appointed to sit on the U.S. Attorney General's Science Advisory Board. The objectives of the Board are to provide the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the OJP bureaus and offices with advice about the state of research in the justice system and aligned fields, including under-served and under-studied populations.
FMHI Affiliates Attend NATCOM15
FMHI Executive Director Mary Armstrong attended the 2015 National Behavioral Healthcare Conference.
Fla. Nursing Home Residents Given Risky Dementia Drugs
A usage rate that far surpasses state and national averages should be considered a red flag indicative of less-than-optimal care, but nursing homes that accept a large number of mentally ill residents could have a higher number, said Victor Molinari, a professor of aging at the University of South Florida.
Cop Culture in the Crosshairs
Lorie Fridell, University of South Florida
BSW Program Chair Presents at National Conference
Lori Rogovin, MSW, ACSW, presented at the annual conference of the national Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors held last week in Kansas City, MO.
School of Aging Studies Holds Annual Preceptor Reception
Each year the School of Aging Studies Awards scholarships to outstanding students in the field of Gerontology.
MHLP Assistant Professor to Keynote Norway Conference
Carla Stover, PhD, has been invited to give both a keynote address and a workshop on Fathers for Change therapy intervention for men with co-occurring intimate partner violence and substance abuse and engaging men in treatment following violence at the 5th Nordic Conference on Violence and Treatment in Oslo, Norway.
RMHC Assistant Professor Awarded VA Funding ($14, 291) Measuring Quality of Life in Veterans with Deployment Related PTSD (PI, Luther)
Many Veterans are at a higher risk for experiencing post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and may also experience increased rates of unemployment compared to civilian populations.
Three of the department's contracted providers are universities, each with a different program for addressing sexual assault on their respective campuses. These programs include: ... The University of South Florida's "Bar Bystander Project."
MHLP Receives Contract to Continue Support of Online VA Training
Colleen Clark, PhD, and Deborah Heller, MA, received a contract from the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (VA) for $41,641 to review, maintain, and update the Community Integration Specialist online training program.
USF TRAIN Award Luncheon
CBCS was well represented at the USF Excellence in Research Administration Sixth Annual TRAIN Award Luncheon held on April 2, 2015.
The Use and Effectiveness of Mental Health Courts
According to Roger Boothroyd, PhD, of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy of the University of South Florida in Tampa, MHCs have specific characteristics that differentiate them from traditional courts.
100-year-old man increasingly suspicious of wife before slaying
Murder-suicides are on the rise among older people, Donna Cohen, a professor in the child and family studies department at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, said. Part of the reason is that older couples are living longer.
MHLP Professor Receives
Roger Peters, PhD, will receive the "Partnership Award" at the National TASC conference held in St. Petersburg on May 4-6, 2015.
How incarceration multiplies society's inequities
Joshua C. Cochran, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of South Florida and, with Daniel P. Mears, author of "Prisoner Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration." Dr. Cochran will be the keynote speaker at Project 180's Strong Voices/Strong Subjects lecture April 3 at the Francis in Sarasota.
Mom's Project Recipients - 3 Lucky Ladies with Big Experience and Even Bigger Goals.
The Mom's Project Award is given annually to worthy students whose interests align with those of the mothers of the program's founding faculty members - Drs. Catherine Batsche, Roger Boothroyd, and Mary Armstrong.
Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Brazilian Perspective
CSD Faculty and students traveled to The School of Dentistry and Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies at the University of São Paulo, Brazil over USF's Spring Break.
Police use of force
Audio interview with Dr. Lorie Fridell with the University of South Florida.
ABA Master's Program 8th Annual Poster Expo
The USF Applied Behavior Analysis Program will hold its 8th Annual Community Applications of Behavior Analysis Student Research Presentations and Alumni Reception on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 2:00 - 5:00pm in the USF Gibbons Alumni Center. Fifty students in the ABA master's program will present their research from practicum site work. Refreshments will be provided.
MHLP Professor Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Roger Peters, PhD, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Public/Global Health to be conducted in Cape Coast, Ghana with colleagues from the University of Cape Coast.
RMHC Graduates Accepted to Doctoral Programs
Two graduate students in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program have been accepted to doctoral programs beginning this fall.
This Daily Habit May Cause a Deadly Stroke
Drinking too much alcohol during your middle-age years can raise your future stroke risk, finds new research from the University of South Florida... When most people experience a stroke, they have the ischemic kind, which is due to clogged and blocked arteries, says study coauthor Ross Andel, Ph.D.
San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies must justify every kick, punch, expert says
"They're going to have to justify, basically, each and every kick and pummel. And one thing I'm curious [about is] how those kicks that came late in the incident are going to be justified," Lorie Fridell, associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, told KPCC's Steve Julian on Friday.
Domestic violence a hidden problem among the elderly
Those numbers echoed research by Donna Cohen, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of South Florida's department of aging and mental health [sic]. Cohen, who has testified before the Senate on the issue, has found that the elder population has the highest rate of murder-suicides.
Sarah's Run Benefiting the Bolesta Center
For the second consecutive year, long-time friends Sarah Gonzalez (age 12) and Julia Zager (age 11) dedicated themselves to raising money for those suffering from hearing loss so that others can receive the gift of hearing.
Social Work Month
The School of Social Work joined the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to celebrate Social Work Month.
Autism fundraiser
...the university of south florida already making major strides for adults and children with autism there is a family friendly celebration, fiesta by the bay in ybor city.
USF Social Work Students Practice their Skills in Tallahassee
Over 50 University of South Florida BSW and MSW students were part of the over 800 social work students statewide who participated in the National Association of Social Workers - Florida 2015 Legislative Education and Advocacy Days in Tallahassee.
Norwalk police being trained in fair and impartial policing
The project, which was directed by Dr. Lorie Fridell of the University of South Florida and Anna Laszio of Circle Solutions, Inc., will instill ways for officers to understand and effectively communicate to other officers that fair and impartial policing leads to effective policing.
MHLP Professor Serves As Guest Editor
Roger Peters, PhD, recently served as guest editor of a special section in the March 2015 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, entitled "Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Criminal Justice System".
Social Work Associate Professor Receives Award
Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, received the President's Award for her commitment to leadership and training of doctoral students at the Florida Education Fund, 2015 McKnight Doctoral Mid-Year Research & Writing Conference on February 27, 2015.
Criminology Assistant Professor Keynote Speaker at Strong Voices/Strong Subjects
Joshua Cochran, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at Strong Voices/Strong Subjects April 3rd event, sponsored by Project 180 Reentry, which focuses on prisoner reentry.
Amerigroup Specialized Programs Presented at Premiere Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference
Since 1988, the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida has been a leader in promoting improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. Each year the conference brings together more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates to share dialogue about important issues such as health, education and welfare, share new knowledge, and identify challenges that remain for the field.
SAS Holds Careers in Aging Network Event
On March 18th, the School of Aging Studies held their yearly Careers in Aging Networking Event.
Tallahassee Police Undergo Anti-Bias Training
All this week, expert Lorie Fridell has been holding classes on fair and impartial policing. Fridell is a criminology professor at the University of South Florida and travels the country to conduct seminars on reducing police bias.
CSD Doctoral Student Wins Research Awar
Stephanie Randall Watts from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders was selected as one of the winners of the USF 7th Annual Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Symposium
Your Good News: Awards and Honors From Clubs & Organizations Around Polk
Recently, The Estates at Carpenters, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, hosted Jerri D. Edwards, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies, who provided seniors with information on the effectiveness of brain training among older adults.
Advice for Colleges When Students Clash With Off-Campus Police
Communicating with local law-enforcement officials is primarily the responsibility of a college's own police force, though the office of student affairs may also be involved, says Max L. Bromley, director of the University of South Florida's master's program in criminal-justice administration and the institution's former associate director of public safety.
Social Work Society Aids Community
Coming to life again just three short years ago, the leaders of the Social Work Society, have made tremendous inroads into meeting the mission of their organization.
Criminology Faculty Receive Awards
Bryanna Fox, PhD, received the Nigel Walker Prize from the University of Cambridge for the best PhD thesis in criminology submitted in 2013. Mike Leiber, PhD, was chosen as the recipient of the Becky Tatum Excellence Award at the Academy of Criminal Justice Association Meeting in Orlando. This award is in recognition of substantial contributions to criminal justice education and scholarship concerning ethnicity, race, and gender in criminology and criminal justice and is part of the Minorities and Women Section (MWS) of the ACJS.
MHLP Associate Professor Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Amber Gum, PhD, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award from the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Gum and her family will spend four months in Israel, from January through April, 2016.
Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Jumps In Best Graduate School Rankings
The Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling is proud to announce that their Master's program was ranked 24th on US News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. The program was ranked 30th in last year's rankings, marking a rise of 6 places.
SW Students Train for Advocacy Event
Director of Government Affairs & Special Projects Johanna Byrd, MSW, ACSW led a legislative advocacy workshop for undergraduate and graduate students on February 27.
Dr. Karen Berkman and CARD/USF Profiled on the Philanthropy Show
A Tampa Bay mother and adult son share how their lives changed the day he was diagnosed with autism and their experiences growing up with autism on the The Philanthropy Show (TM). Karen Berkman, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities was a special guest on the show and shared resources for families of autism.
Join the Cycling Fun at the Annual Cycling Out Autism Fundraiser March 28
The money raised by the Tampa Interbay Rotary Foundation will be donated to educational activities and events that help people impacted by an autism spectrum disorder. The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University of South Florida will be the recipients to continue their work in delivering education, services and supports to individuals and their families.
MHLP Assistant Professor to Present Workshop for National Healthy Start Organization
Carla Stover, PhD, has been invited by the National Healthy Start Organization to present a workshop entitled "Intervention for Fathers with Histories of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Abuse." at their Fatherhood and the Health and Wellness of Boys and Men pre-conference event.
St. Petersburg police holding off on body cameras, for now
USF Professor Wesley Jennings is also studying how effective body cameras are by monitoring Orlando, Pasco and Tampa.
Black History/Civil Rights Era Hits
Bay News 9 has been airing a story about the property of Dr. Robert Swain in St Petersburg as part of Black History Month.
Anti-bullying Efforts Bring Blindside Star Quinton Aaron to CFS
Quinton Aaron, who quickly rose to fame after his first lead role in the 2009 movie The Blind Side, recently visited CFS as part of his efforts to put a stop to bullying.
Teaching Ferguson: How police are learning about fair actions, public perceptions
Lorie Fridell, who led those efforts for the Washington think tank, now is an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. She trains police departments across the country to practice "fair and impartial policing," which is different from the diversity training that police departments routinely provide.
MSW Student Shares Experience/Advice to Students Considering Studying Abroad
Chris Koester was recently interviewed by Bulls in Asia about his experiences as part of the Northeast Himalayas in India study abroad trip.
Pill that could stop both hearing loss and tinnitus is now being tested
Meanwhile, 100 patients with age-related hearing loss are taking part in a trial at the University of South Florida and other centres in the U.S. where they will take three capsules of AUT00063 or a placebo for four weeks.
Application Deadline for Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium Approaches
On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Office for Undergraduate Research will host the OUR Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. The event will be held in the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom and conference rooms) and will provide a venue for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their current research and receive feedback from research mentors and peers. To participate in the colloquium you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing enrolled in coursework during the 2014-15 academic year and have a research mentor. The deadline for applying is Sunday, March 1, 2015. See the OUR website for more information.
The FBI director just quoted from Avenue Q's 'Everyone's a Little Bit Racist.' That's huge.
Lorie Fridell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida, helps law enforcement agencies train their officers to overcome their biases. She said that her group, Fair and Impartial Policing, has received several times as many inquiries since Brown's death as before.
'Everyone's a little bit racist'? Here's something cops can do about it
"She surprised everybody, nobody believed she could sing, and that was people making judgments about her, likely with implicit biases," said Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. Fridell and her colleagues have developed the Fair and Impartial Policing Program, and it's far more than just Susan Boyle videos. It has backing from the Department of Justice, and it presents cops with the overwhelming scientific evidence showing how bias is found even in well-intentioned people.
USF research team receives $400,000 to test new drug for treating age-related hearing loss
A successful treatment for age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is a step closer to reality, thanks to a group of researchers from the University of South Florida. The research team comprised of faculty and students has been awarded $400,000 by Autifony Therapeutics, Ltd, a company based in the United Kingdom, to test a new drug the company developed for ARHL.
Criminology Faculty and Students to be Recognized at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Meeting
Bryanna Fox and Wesley Jennings will present "How to write a methodology and results section for empirical research" in a special poster session at the ACJS on Friday night, March 6th. This was the lead article in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Volume 25, Issue 2, 2014 and was officially recognized as one of the most downloaded Routledge Social Science articles of 2014.
MHLP Assistant Professor Participates in Trauma Therapist Podcast
Carla Stover, PhD, was recently interviewed as a part of the West Coast Trauma Project's Master Trauma Therapist Podcast. The project is dedicated to helping trauma clinicians engage more effectively and deeply with their clients by sharing trauma information and materials, building community, and coaching therapists to (re)discover their own reason for this profession.
Social Work Society and BRIDGE Clinic Raise Funds for Patients
The Social Work Society has partnered with the BRIDGE Clinic's social workers to raise money for bus passes that will be provided to patients that are in need of transportation.
A Three-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Shot Both His Parents with One Bullet
"Children can recite what to do if they find a gun," Professor Raymond Miltenberger, a behavioral analyst at the University of South Florida in Tampa, told Parents Magazine in 2013. "[But they] still do the wrong thing when it counts."
Garden City police chief speaks out about 'fair and impartial policing'
Those efforts will expand as Lori Fridell, an associate criminology professor at the University of South Florida, will also put police leaders, and some community members, through the training.
Social Work Society Officers Attend Leadership Summit
The officers of the Social Work Society recently attended the National Association of Social Workers Student Leadership Summit in Orlando.
School-wide prevention program lowers teen suicide risk
U.S. schools offer several programs that focus on suicide prevention, he said, and the University of South Florida publishes a booklet full of resources on effective school-based suicide prevention called The Guide.
RMHC Assistant Professor Receives VA Funding
Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC, CVE, CLCP, was awarded New IPA 1/15/2015-9/30/2015 in the amount of $13,466. Funding for this research is from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health. The title of the Project is "Community-Based Agricultural Initiatives for Transitioning Rural Veterans".
MSW Student Named Student Social Worker of the Year
First year MSW student, Karen Lukaszewicz, has been named "Student Social Worker of the Year" by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Body cameras: are they a good fit for all?
"An officer might go by a restaurant and the owner says: 'Come on in; here's a free meal.' And the officer goes ahead and pays for his meal, because the camera is on," says Wesley Jennings, a University of South Florida professor. "Overall, you're more inclined to behave by the book in all times and places."
Kessler Foundation Grants $339,000 to Improve Employment and Independence in Civilians and Veterans with Brain Injury
Throughout the Demonstration Project, ServiceSource will share its best practices with the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, University of South Florida, Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling, Brain Injury Association of Florida, Brain and Spinal Cord Program and Synapse House, a Tampa Bay-area Clubhouse.
RMHC Faculty Accept Journal Posts
Tammy Jorgensen Smith, PhD, CRC has been invited to continue her service on the Journal of Rehabilitation Editorial Board for another three years.
Program Wide Positive Behavior Support (PWPBS) Announces New Sites
The Children's Academy in Brandon, the Children's Nest Day School in Temple Terrace, Seminole Heights United Methodist Preschool, and the St. Peter Claver Catholic School became the latest sites of the Program Wide Positive Behavior Support.
RMHC Adjunct Professors' "Survivor Seat" Gives Voice to Those Silenced by Sexual Violence
For the 12th year, The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's signature fundraiser, the Cup of Compassion breakfast, will bring community leaders and supporters together for a life-changing event in support of help, hope and healing for those in our community facing serious life challenges.
State Attorney Jerry Hill Tells Law Enforcement Agencies to Move Slowly on Body Camera Issue
Giddens and Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird said they are paying close attention to a study conducted by University of South Florida's Department of Criminology on Orlando police officers.
Bar Training for Active Bystanders (BarTAB) Combating Problem of Alcohol Consumption and Sexual Violence
Funded by the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control, Ráchael Powers, PhD, is developing, implementing, and evaluating a bystander program for Florida bartenders - BarTAB: Bar Training for Active Bystanders.
New Clinical Trial Grant Awarded to USF Inter-Collegiate Team
An innovative team of researchers and clinicians at the University of South Florida have just been awarded a $400,000, year-long Clinical Trial grant to test the first drug in the world to advance to Phase 2 Clinical Trials for treating age-related hearing loss. Lead by Robert Frisina, PhD (CSD), this Clinical Trial is organized and funded by a company in England called Autifony Therapeutics Limited ( ), and they have designated USF as the Lead Clinical Trial site for this FDA Phase 2 Trial. The primary goal of this proposal is to investigate the potential therapeutic roles of modulating the action of voltage-gated potassium channels in the brain for mitigating key elements of presbycusis, such as improved speech-in-noise recognition and processing.
CLC Hub Library: Resources for Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities
The Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) at the University of South Florida, in partnership with the Center for Community Learning, Inc. is the Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC) Hub of the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network).
Sparks fly over Pasco body camera decision
The University of South Florida is studying the limited deployment of body cameras in Orlando. Its study will conclude in March. USF will also keep track of violence and complaints involving Tampa police when TPD deploys body cameras.
CFS Summer of Grants
During summer 2014, the Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) submitted 21 grant applications. Ten have received funding including.
Social Work Faculty Awarded USF World Faculty Mobility Grants
Manisha Joshi, MSW, PhD, and Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, LCSW, were both awarded a USF World Faculty Mobility Grant 2014-2015 to advance their work on cultural practices-health interface (e.g., birth practices, end-of-life issues) related to the Idu Mishmi indigenous community in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India
14-year-old with 14 prior arrests caught with loaded gun
USF criminal justice professor Dr. Kathleen Heide says almost all kids can be helped, but they have to have meaningful treatment. it has to be extensive. in many cases, unfortunately, we don't have in this state of florida programs that really get at the needs of the child and that are long enough duration to really help them.
Criminology Associate Professor Talks about Police Cameras
Wesley Jennings, PhD, was recently interviewed by Carson Chambers of ABC Action News about the one-year pilot program between with the Tampa Police Department. Starting this February, 60 Tampa police officers will be utilizing body cameras in certain confrontational situations. The expectation from the program is that the use of force and external complaints will go down as a result of the cameras.
MHLP Professor Goes "Beyond the Numbers" in an Interview on Veteran Suicides
Larry Schonfeld, PhD, was recently interviewed by WUSF's Bobbie O'Brien about veteran suicide research. Though the VA claims an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day, most of these are elderly vets who did not see combat. Dr. Schonfeld states that it can be difficult to gather data on veteran suicide and that it's important to find the reasons behind veteran suicide so effective treatment and prevention programs can be developed.
In the future, will everyone be wearing body cameras?
"An officer might go by a restaurant and the owner says, 'Come on in; here's a free meal.' And the officer goes ahead and pays for his meal, because the camera is on," says Wesley Jennings, a University of South Florida professor who is studying the effect of body cameras in the Orlando and Tampa police departments. "Overall, you're more inclined to behave by the book in all times and places."
Prescription Drug Abuse: Does Urban Differ From Rural?
In the study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from the University of South Florida (Khary Rigg, PhD, MHLP) and Penn State University used information drawn from two years of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2011 and 2012) to determine how often adults residing in urban areas and adults residing in rural areas abuse a prescription medication.
PolitiFact: Are deaths from police shootings at a 20-year high?
Phone interview with Lorie Fridell, a professor at the University of South Florida Department of Criminology, Dec. 2, 2014
Killing of parent is rare but represents rage, experts say
Between 1976 and 1999, there were 5,558 parricide-related offenders - an average of about 241 annually, according to the study, authored by Kathleen M. Heide of the University of South Florida...
Most Americans Say Police Officers Should Be Required to Wear Video Cameras: Polls
In any case, departments across the country are experimenting or planning to experiment with the cameras, including the Miami police department with the help of the University of South Florida...
Police Altering Tactics After Killings, Protests
Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida who operates a police training business, said she has received nearly two requests a day from chiefs since protests erupted over the August shooting in Ferguson.
MHLP Associate Professor a Herald of Harmony
Paul Stiles, JD, PhD, recently performed with the Tampa Heralds of Harmony during their 17th annual Holiday show held at the USF School of Music. The group is a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society and is composed of men who share the enjoyment of singing. Unaccompanied by instruments, barbershop music is a unique American art form with four-part close harmonies. The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony have been entertaining audiences in the barbershop quartet style of music for 67 years. The group will be competing at the International Barbershop Convention in July 2015.
SLED to investigate tasing of autistic man
Miller said he contacted Dr. Lorie Fridell, a professor at University of South Florida, several weeks ago about providing local police training. Fridell conducted workshops on bias in policing while he was chief in Greensboro, he said, and is scheduled to conduct "train the trainer" workshops in February.
Police altering tactics after killings, protests
Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida who operates a police training business, said she has received nearly two requests a day from chiefs since protests erupted over the August shooting in Ferguson.
2015 Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health
View the confirmed plenary speakers for the March 22 - 25, 2015 Conference.
CSD Assistant Professor Receives USF Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Grant
Maria Brea-Spahn, PhD, CCC-SLP, has received a USF Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Grant for her Spring 2015 course, Bilingual Assessment and Intervention. Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Grants are designed to provide funding for courses incorporating service-learning. Service-learning is a method of teaching that includes experiential learning, classroom instruction, and reflection. Typically service-learning courses work in cooperation with a community partner and students engage in at least 15 hours of service during the semester. The grants are used for actual expenses associated with the service-learning incurred by faculty, community partner, students, and/or a department.
Four Perspectives on Police and Racial Bias
Lorie Fridell Associate professor, University of South Florida Department of Criminology. A racist is a person with explicit bias. But in modern society prejudice is more likely to manifest as implicit bias, which produces discriminatory behavior even in individuals who at the conscious level reject prejudice. What we haven't been doing is talking to officers about how they might be impacted by implicit biases.
The Rocking Dead: For stars like the Who and Bob Seger, there's money in mortality
"With concerts, there's money in mortality, absolutely," says Dr. Debra Dobbs, an associate professor of aging studies at the University of South Florida. "We are a culture that avoids the topic of death, but in the back of our minds, we all think about mortality.
MHLP Faculty Receive Research Awards
Scott Young, PhD (PI), and Kathleen Moore, PhD (Co-PI), will serve as the research partners for a three-year grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC). The overall grant is $750,000 ($250,000/year), with USF receiving $120,000 ($40,000/year). Grant funds will be used to develop and implement collaborative efforts between FDC, Florida Sixth Judicial Circuit Courts, Pinellas County Sherriff's Office, State Attorney's Office, and Public Defender's Office to deploy an Alternative Sanctions Program (ASP) that utilizes evidence-based practices focused on employment placement, substance abuse treatment, and skills training for offenders on probation. Goals are to reduce victimization and recidivism, and ultimately to strengthen our communities.
CSD Assistant Professor Presents at International Symposium
Emily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP, gave or contributed to five unique presentations at the 25th International Symposium on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Brussels, Belgium from December 5th to the 7th.
Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System
Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica (@ryangabrielson ) Lorie Fridell, University of South Florida Angela J. Davis, American University Jamilah Lemieux
USF researcher delves into world of domestic torture
When a man wraps his hands around his wife or girlfriend's throat and squeezes, the act is the domestic equivalent of waterboarding, says University of South Florida researcher Manisha Joshi.
MACJA Graduate Receives Public Service Award
Adam Wiegand, a 2012 graduate of the Masters in Criminal Justice Administration program, recently received the Public Service Award from the Florida Juvenile Justice Association during their 19th Annual Adolescent Conference.
Local law officials defend use of deadly force
Lorie Fridell, an associate professor at the University of South Florida and an expert in lethal force, said racial and ethnic factors play a role in use of force and a community's reaction to it. Residents' perceptions of their law enforcement officials, for better or worse, matter.
Strangulation's hidden role in domestic abuse
After years of research and studies on reported cases of strangulation in romantic relationships, Manisha Joshi, an assistant professor in the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, wrote a paper on the role of strangulation in intimate partner violence (IPV) that was published in October's issue of American Journal of Public Health.
CBCS Research Coordinator Presents at the 2014 National Communication Association
Ardis Hanson, PhD, presented at the recent 2014 National Communication Association.
Aging Studies Associate Professor Teaches Aging Sensitivity to 3rd Graders
Debra Dobbs, PhD, was part of The Great American Teach In at Veteran's Elementary School in Wesley Chapel. Using an Aging Sensitivity Kit, third graders learned about physical challenges faced by most elders such as vision and hearing loss. Further, students used a dexterity pillow to button, tie, and zip materials while wearing gloves to simulate decreased agility from arthritic joints.
Aging Studies' 5th Annual Licensed Nursing Home Administrators Job Interview for Long Term Care Students
The School of Aging Studies in the University of South Florida College of Behavioral & Community Sciences hosted its fifth annual interviews for its long-term care administration students on Nov. 18. The session is designed to enhance interview skills for students who seek administrative jobs in the long-term care industry. Nine licensed nursing home administrators including a regional director of a multi-state chain volunteered to conduct three individual interviews and one group interview with long-term care students. The administrators, representing a range of for-profit and not-for profit companies used Career Services evaluation sheets to provide individual feedback to each student. Two recent graduates of USF's long-term care administration program who are administrators returned to USF for the event.
CBCS Hosts Study Abroad Program
CBCS hosted a study abroad program on November 21, 2014 that included presentations from several of our faculty teaching courses in Ireland, Italy and India. Larry Thompson, Rick Weinberg, Mark Engelhardt, Manisha Joshi and Iraida Carrion shared their experiences and photos from their 2014 study abroad programs. Kya Conner and Norin Dollard added to the experience by performing traditional dances from Ireland and West Africa. The presentations were very informative and the dances were extraordinary. Thanks to our faculty presenters and performers for a truly engaging program.
CSD Associate Professor Receives Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award
Catherine Rogers, PhD, has been awarded the Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award for 2014. The award is made to USF faculty members whose careers have brought them national distinction in teaching and service. Dr. Rogers received her award and check at the Faculty Honors and Awards reception held on November 17, 2014.
Kudos to Don Kincaid for his Keynote Address
Don Kincaid, Professor in CFS, presented a keynote address to over 350 attendees at the Researcher-Academic Town Hall meeting at the 2014 conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Orlando. Dr. Kincaid's talk, entitled "The Role of Implementation Science in Scaling and Sustaining Evidence-based Interventions," was very much appreciated by both the audience and by Dr. Rob Horner, a colleague who originally was scheduled to present the keynote but who was unable to attend due to a last-minute emergency
Aging Studies Graduate Student Wins Research Award
Maya Elias won the Master's Student Research Award from the Chicago based Retirement Research Foundation for her project entitled "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Glycemic Control among U.S. Middle Aged and Older Adults with Diabetes".
CBCS Participates in Healthography Conference
As part of her increasing focus on interdisciplinary efforts, Dr. Guitele J. Rahill, Assistant Professor of Social Work at USF CBCS successfully mentored several individuals through the preparation of abstracts for submission and presentation of their research findings at the recent American Public Health Association 148th Annual meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. The theme of the conference was "Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Wellbeing."
The Best Jobs for Your Brain
"The brain develops a certain way of working - it establishes pathways that are either efficient or not," says Ross Andel, an associate professor of aging studies at the University of South Florida. If you work in a challenging environment, your brain may form more efficient networks, potentially masking the negative effects of aging on your mental abilities.

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