College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


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 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.
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
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.
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.
CBCS Research Coordinator Presents at the 2014 National Communication Association
Ardis Hanson, PhD, presented at the recent 2014 National Communication Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
CBCS Faculty Receive 2014 USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards
Rick Weinberg (RMHC) and Ross Andel (Aging Studies) were recently informed by the Provost's Office that they have been selected to receive USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards. The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards is given annually by the Provost's Office and recognizes excellence, innovation and effectiveness in teaching in USF's undergraduate programs. Both Weinberg and Andel will serve a two-year term on the Provost's Council on Teaching Excellence. The Council functions as an advisory board for the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence on matters related to teaching and learning.
Engelhardt Appointed to SAMHSA's National Expert Panel on Permanent Supportive Housing
Mark Engelhardt (MHLP) was recently appointed to SAMHSA's national Expert Panel to review and update the SAMHSA Evidenced-Based Practices (EBP) Tool Kit on Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for person with mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Facilitated by SAMHSA and Advocates for Human Potential, ten U.S. experts have been identified to share their real world experience in translating and implementing the PSH Tool Kit since it was officially released in 2010. Meetings will be help virtually through video camera and audio for a year. MHLP has been utilizing the SAMHSA Tool Kit since it's draft stages 10 years ago through the DCF PATH Training and Technical assistance contract throughout Florida. Mark Engelhardt and Jim Winarski use SAMHSA's EBP (Evidence-based Practices) as the core curriculum for most of their trainings along with the U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision and principles of consumer-directed recovery. Future directions for the Tool Kit will most likely involve expanding target populations and the EBP "Housing First".
Associate Dean Named to Region 8 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Dr. Catherine Batsche, the Associate Dean at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, is a USA Gymnastics Brevet judge, the highest rating in women's gymnastics at the national level. This past summer, she received the honor of being inducted into the Region 8 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Region 8 encompasses the 8 states in the southeast region of the United States. She became involved as a gymnastics judge due to a shortage of judges in Illinois. "When my daughter was eight years old, she asked if she could go take gymnastics classes. I would stay at the gym and watch her practice. The coach asked me if I wanted to be a judge because they had a shortage of judges and couldn't have enough competitions in our area," said Dr. Batsche. She started taking courses at the University of Illinois and has now been a gymnastics judge for 32 years.
Carlton: Police body cameras may help keep everyone in line
The University of South Florida plans to follow Tampa's program, which is a good thing. No doubt it will be a system with glitches, a tool and not a solution. It's important to pay attention to those privacy concerns, too - like whether the presence of a camera might make certain crime victims more reluctant to speak up.
Divine intervention helping recruit new police officers?
Department officials handed out police recruitment materials to church members like Kourtney Pendergrass, a recent graduate from the University of South Florida with a degree in criminology.
Gem thief and murder convict brings talk to USF
Murphy spoke to a packed lecture hall Wednesday on USF's campus to budding criminology students.
USF class gets lesson in redemption from 'Murf the Surf'
The students were in the crime and justice in America class, taught by criminology professor Kathleen Heide, and they heard from an expert in the field.
Plant City Police Not Entirely Sold on Body Cameras
Orlando police own 50 cameras as part of a University of South Florida study to determine their efficacy.
Teaching Gun Safety Skills to Young Children
Ray Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA, of the Department of Child and Family Studies, has created a gun injury prevention program that uses behavioral skills training (BST) and in situ training.
The name of the game
"The idea that mental activity is good for the brain is not unlike the idea of 'use it or lose it' when it comes to keeping the body fit," said co-author Ross Andel, a recent USC postdoctoral student who is now an assistant professor in the University of South Florida's gerontology department.
Feds bring impartial police training to St. Louis departments
Leading the training are Lorie Fridell, a technical assistance expert in fair and impartial policing and associate professor at the University of South Florida's Department of Criminology...
Boy with Asperger syndrome finds calling as weatherman calming
But the field has turned around, accepting that the narrow interest of an Asperger patient can be a useful motivational tool, says Karen Berkman, executive director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. "We definitely want to tap into somebody's interests and use them to everybody's advantage, if you will.
Report Shines Light on Racial Disparities for FL Children
Susan Weitzel, director of Florida's KIDS COUNT, says it's important that children of all backgrounds have an equal chance to thrive.
Justice Department hosts St. Louis police training
"We face a lot of resistance. We face defensiveness and even hostility," said trainer Lorie Fridell, a University of South Florida criminology professor who helped lead the session on "fair and impartial policing."
New Direction for USF HIV Center
Dean Julie Serovich is the new Director of the USF Center for HIV Education and Research. Dr. Celia Lescano will serve as the Center's co-Director. The Center has a long-standing history of securing federal funding from the Health Resources Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Florida Department of Health. This administrative change sets the stage for greater integration and growth of the research, education, and outreach missions of the Center. The USF HIV Center will involve faculty from across the university who are interested in generating and disseminating knowledge of HIV, its diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management.
Storefront Clinics Offer Needed Care But Raise Concerns
"The way we define health access in the U.S. in terms of insurance is not how many immigrant communities define it. It's more about the relationship with the healer," said Guitele Rahill, a professor at the University of South Florida with expertise in immigrant health issues.
Duvall Home residents make transition to group homes
The group home setting provides many benefits, says Elizabeth Perkins, a researcher and assistant professor at the University of South Florida. She once trained as a nurse at a large institutional hospital in the United Kingdom and understands the pushback from families and communities against closing institutions like Duvall Home's McGaffin Hall.
MHLP Associate Professor Lead Author on Book of Forensic Reports & Testimony
Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP, is the lead author on a recently published book titled Forensic Reports & Testimony: A Guide to Effective Communication for Psychologists and Psychiatrists with co-authors Richart DeMier and Marcus Boccaccini. The book provides a road map for mental health professionals who want to provide consistently accurate, defensible, and useful reports and testimony to the legal system.
CBCS Homecoming Activities a Huge Success
CBCS hosted a Watch Party before the USF Homecoming Parade on October 10, 2014.
FMHI 40th Anniversary Becomes A Heartfelt and Inspiring Evening
Complete with personal stories of struggles, inspiring testimonies and recognition of advocates who have dedicated their lives to changing our country’s understanding of mental illness and substance abuse, the evening provided a unique and motivational setting that both acknowledged the FMHI award winners while also highlighting the significant local, state and national contributions of FMHI.
RMHC Student Awarded the John A. Orphanidys Scholarship
Melody Manusour, an RMHC Graduate Student is the recipient of the John A. Orphanidys Scholarship. John A. Orphanidys was a leader in private sector vocational rehabilitation services in Florida.
MHLP Delivers Intensive Training to National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
Faculty and staff from the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy and the Florida Mental Health Institute have delivered an extensive online training for incoming Community Integration Specialists (CIS) for Veterans Affairs. The training, which is approximately 22-hours long, teaches crucial competencies to formerly homeless Veterans who will serve as CISs and assist currently homeless Veterans in obtaining housing and connecting with vital resources in their community.
WFLA profiles two CBCS programs working together to fast track children on the Autism spectrum into mainstream schools.
This collaborative effort between the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters is getting global attention.
Dean Serovich Named NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) mandates that each member institution have a Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) appointed by the Institution's Chief Executive Officer, and President Genshaft recently asked Dean Julie Serovich to serve in this role. The Dean was honored to be the first female representative for the University of South Florida, and agreed to serve as the USF Faculty Athletics Representative for a three year appointment.
New FMHI Executive Director Named
Dean Serovich announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Armstrong to the position of Executive Director of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute effective immediately. Dr. Armstrong joined USF in 1995 as the Director of the Division of State and Local Support in the Department of Child and Family Studies. Prior to joining FMHI, she was the Director of the Bureau of Children and Families (1986 - 1995) and the Director of the Children and Adolescent Service System Program (1985-86) for the New York State Office of Mental Health. Dr. Armstrong has a PhD and MSW in Social Work as well as an MBA. Dr. Armstrong has obtained over $4 million in external funding to support her research in children's mental health.
FMHI to Host 40th Anniversary Event
The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute will host a 40th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center. During the event, the following pioneers in behavioral health will be recognized: Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann (Life Time Achievement Award), Judge Dee Anna Farnell (Outstanding Leadership in Behavioral Health), Judge Steven Leifman (Innovator Award), and Representative Patrick Kennedy (Humanitarian Service Award).
Criminology Assistant Professor Teaches with New High Tech System
Lyndsay Boggess is using a new system called 'Top Hat,' which is changing the way courses are being taught. This high tech system is affordable for college students; it is only $20 for a calendar year for as many classes as they want. USF Criminology students enjoy this program because they can see their submitted questions and results, which is essentially a great tool for studying. Boggess says it's a great tool for teachers as well, since she can see whether students are learning the material or not. Watch the Fox interview with Dr. Boggess.
2014 Child Protection Summit
CBCS faculty attended the 2014 Child Protection Summit on September. 3-4, 2014. The summit was sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families and took place at the Orlando World Center Marriot. The Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida with over 2,400 child welfare professionals and related partners attending the event.
Social Work Society Has Active Fall Semester
The Social Work Society is off to a quick start this semester. In addition to holding a bake sale at the main library on campus for service activities (see below), the student organization had its first meeting of the year which featured a presentation and discussion by speakers from the Dominican Republic about human rights in the global garment industry and youth civic engagement. In addition, information about the organization's November Toy Drive to benefit children served by Heartland for Children's foster care programs was shared.
Physical Change and Aging, Sixth Edition Available for Pre-Order
Authored by three CBCS faculty, Sue Saxon, PhD, USF Professor Emeritus, Mary Jean Etten, EdD, FT, ARNP, School of Aging Studies, and Elizabeth Perkins, PhD, RNMH, FAAIDD, Department of Child & Family Studies, this sixth edition of a classic multidisciplinary text for students of gerontology continues to offer practical, reader-friendly information about the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process. It places special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. The book is distinguished by its thorough focus on anatomy and physiology and common health problems pertaining to each body system.
A call for action to stop suicide
A call for action to stop suicide
911 call signaled beginning of crime spree
911 call signaled beginning of crime spree
Area agencies experiment with body cameras
Area agencies experiment with body cameras Body cameras are the wave of the future for law enforcement, said Wesley Jennings, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida. Within the next five to 10 years, he predicts, every agency across the country will be using them.
USF Announces New Online Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
The University of South Florida now offers a new, comprehensive online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to prepare professionals to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs. ABA can help create treatment plans and supportive environments for children and adults living with a disability, mental illness, or behavioral disorders such as autism, ADHD or addiction.
Doctor of Audiology White Coat Ceremony
Dean Serovich, Dr. Gail Donaldson, and Audiology Faculty members welcomed the friends and family of the Doctor of Audiology Class of 2017 to the White Coat Ceremony on August 23, 2014. The Audiology White Coat Ceremony commemorates the student's transition from academic coursework to clinical coursework. Guest speaker, Deirdre Hamaker, AuD, CCC-A, an alumnus of the program offered words of encouragement to the class of future Audiologists. Top row from left to right: Libby Simmons, Sarah Johnston, Stefnie Glazer, Pablo Galicia, Craig Spandau. Bottom row: Lauren Benitez, Sara Korman, Celia Riffel, Jaclyn Costa, Rachel Conter, Bogyeong Cheon.
RMHC Welcomes New Students
RMHC held their annual Fall orientation for 38 new students on August 22nd. The orientation covered things like support services, policy and procedures, field placement, graduate certificate, and research opportunities. Although most of the students are from in-state, there were 8% out of state and 2% international. The groups average GPA is 3.5 and a combined GRE of 296.
The time has come for body cameras for cops
Studies like one underway by the University of South Florida working with the Orlando Police are still assessing the impact.
CFS Chair Selected as Panelist for Capitol Hill Briefing
Mario Hernandez, PhD, was one of two panelists selected to speak at a Capitol Hill briefing entitled Children's Mental Health: The Importance of Early Identification and Intervention on Friday, August 15th. The briefing was conducted in cooperation with the Congressional Children's Health Care Caucus, which was founded by Florida Representative Kathy Castor and Washington State Representative Dave Reichert.
Sharing the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
With HIV/AIDS as its target, a five-year project between USF and the Université d' Etat d 'Haiti (UEH) has gotten off to an auspicious start between an orientation meeting during spring break in March and a two-week summer institute taking place on campus this month. A $2 million grant is supporting the multidisciplinary collaboration researching ways to mitigate the disease among Haitian adolescents.
Three SLP Master's Students Receive Sertoma Scholarships
Karissa Varnum and Alexis DelRio each received a $5000 Sertoma Endowed Scholarship in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the Greater Tampa Bay Sertoma Club. Lana Patton received a $1500 Sertoma Club of Bradenton Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
2014 New Faculty
Introducing our new CBCS faculty and instructors below from left to right: Barbara LoFrisco, RMHC/Visiting Instructor; Chris Vatland, CFS/Assistant Professor; Natalie Romer, CFS/Assistant Professor; Dean Julie Serovich; Chris Simmons, Social Work/Instructor; Hannah Siburt, CSD/Assistant Professor; Alicia Stinson-Mendoza, Social Work/Visiting Instructor. Not pictured are Betty Morris-Mitchell, Social Work/Visiting Assistant Professor, Bo Ding, CSD/Assistant Professor, and Christa Haring, Dean's Office/Assistant Professor.
CSD/SW Welcome Incoming Students
At their new graduate student orientation, CSD welcomed 57 new master's students in speech-language pathology, 15 new doctoral students in audiology, and 6 new PhD students. The School of Social Work also welcomed 42 new BSW Students this Fall 2014 semester.
USF to Launch Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Degree Program
The University of South Florida (USF) will be launching yet another new degree program into its graduate studies. The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, under the Department of Child and Family Studies, is set to provide the Master of Science (MS) in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH) degree within the next academic year.
Sarasota Police to try body cams
"Ultimately we are trying to see if wearing the cameras versus not has an influence on police use of force and also internal complaints and external complains," said Dr. Wesley Jennings with USF's Department of Criminology.
What Canadian police are doing so Ferguson doesn't happen here
One new program is being conducted by the "pre-eminent trainer in the United States on implicit bias," said Deputy Chief Peter Sloly. That trainer is Dr. Lorie Fridell, a social scientist who teaches at the University of South Florida, and founded the Fair and Impartial Policing program.
Smart Policing Takes Good Training, Not Just Diversity
Though it is good policy and clearly needed given the troubled racial history in American policing, it will take "more than diversification to 'cancel out' skepticism of minority citizens" toward police says Joshua Cochran, a criminologist at the University of South Florida.
Polica Body Cameras
USF assistant professor Dr. Wesley Jennings tells me USF is currently conducting a study on body cameras with Orlando police and soon Miami police.
USF prof: Ferguson protests show dangers of disconnect
But in addition to the angry protests and ongoing investigations, Ferguson police have a long-term problem, said University of South Florida professor Lorie Fridell. The city obviously has little faith in the police department, including whether it can conduct a fair and unbiased investigation into the shooting, she said.
The Girls Who Tried to Kill for Slender Man
"When these episodes come up, people right away think girls are becoming more violent," says Kathleen Heide, a professor of criminology at the University of Southern [sic] Florida who has evaluated 150 juveniles charged with violent crimes, mostly murder. "There is no evidence that the involvement of girls in homicide or murder is increasing.
Training Police to Put Aside Their Biases
Lorie Fridell says that police departments can change their relationships with their communities by training their officers to recognize and set aside their biases. Fridell is an associate professor in the department of criminology at the University of South Florida and has developed model curriculums called "Fair and Impartial Policing," with grants from the Department of Justice.
Rehabilitation Services Administration Commissioner Visits USF & Two CBCS Programs
On July 9, 2014, Janet LaBreck, the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) visited the University of South Florida, along with RSA Program Specialist Christyne Cavataio and Department of Education Chief of Staff Kathy Hebda. Three programs were showcased for their work in training and research for vocational rehabilitation. Among these were two College of Behavioral and Community Sciences programs: the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program and the Learning Academy and Employment Services, a part of the Florida Mental Health Institute. The visit focused on programs that support the RSA's mission to establish a job-driven vocational rehabilitation technical assistance center to offer training and technical assistance to those with disabilities.
CSD Aphasia Clients Participate in USF Art-In-Health Program
Jeff Buchanan suffered a massive stroke four years ago in which he lost all of his speech, hearing, and memory. He has since taken up photography with some of his work shown on his blog. Thomas Day was diagnosed with Broca's Aphasia and Apraxia following a stroke in 2009. Over time, he has taught himself to paint with his non-dominant left hand as a way to communicate. Some of his work can be seen on his blog. Both Buchanan and Day are participants in USF's Art-in-Health Program which engages students to work as artist practitioners in a healthcare environment in cooperation with the USF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Criminology Alum Named Clearwater Chief of Police
Daniel Slaughter, who received his BA in Criminology at USF in 1992, will be sworn in as Chief of Police at the Clearwater City Council meeting on August 7th. He will be the city's 13th police chief and will lead Pinellas County's third-largest law enforcement agency with 235 officers, 137 civilian employees and a $36 million annual budget. He was hired by the Clearwater Police Department in October 1992 and has worked as the department's special operations lieutenant, accreditation supervisor, homicide detective, community police officer, and a field training officer. Most recently, he was the major in charge of patrol operations for two years. In that position, he oversaw approximately 171 uniformed officers and three dozen civilian employees.
RMHC Graduate Student Featured in USF Foundation Report
Allison Austin was recently highlighted in a special report from the USF Foundation's Office of Donor Relations & Stewardship. As a recipient of USF Women's Club Grace Allen Endowed Scholarship, Austin was presented as an example of "the many wonderfully talented USF students whose lives have changed as a result of receiving this scholarship." Allison is working toward a master's degree in rehabilitation & mental health counseling and expects to graduate this December. A copy of the full article is available here.
Criminology Alum to Receive USF Distinguished Alumnus Award
Richard "Gil" Kerlikowske, Jr. BA `78 & MA `85 is the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. He previously served as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has been chief of police in four cities: Port St. Lucie, FL; Fort Pierce, FL; Buffalo, NY; and Seattle, WA. He also served as deputy director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Justice Department. During his nine-year tenure as chief of police in Seattle, WA, he was credited with helping to reduce the city's crime rate and stabilizing the police department after the 1999 World Trade Organization riots. He also led the national nonprofit organization, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, while chief in Seattle, and grew its membership dramatically during his time at the helm. Kerlikowske grew up in Fort Myers, FL, and began his law enforcement career with the St. Petersburg Police Department, where he worked while earning his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at USF. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from USF in 2010.
Aging Studies Alum Delivers Plenary Speech
Kali Thomas, PhD, MA in Aging Studies (2011) was the plenary speaker at the 2014 Florida Council on Aging meeting. Dr. Thomas discussed her findings "Providing more home delivered meals is one way to keep older adults with low care needs out of nursing homes" about the value of meals-on-wheels. The research on how home and community-based service can reduce the numbers of Florida elders needing nursing home placements was published in 2011 during her PhD work at USF. Her talk on August 5 focused on the importance of meals-on-wheels both as delivering nutritious food but also the value of social interaction and "check-ups" on homebound elders. Dr. Thomas' findings have been published in Health Affairs and Health Services Research.
Criminology Doctoral Student Awarded Graduate Student of the Year
Brandy Henderson was awarded the Graduate Student of the Year award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA). This award recognizes exemplary accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and public service by a graduate student within the Southern region. The award is given annually and contains a travel stipend as well as presentation of an award at the Annual Conference. The Southern Criminal Justice Association is a regional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Officially established in 1972, SCJA is a professional association serving criminal justice educators, researchers, practitioners, and students committed to the ongoing development of criminal justice science and practice.
SRI@FMHI Scholars Present Top-Notch Research Projects
Students from the Summer Research Institute's (SRI) class of 2014 delivered top-notch research projects on Tuesday, August 5. Each year, SRI hosts a number of undergraduate students from across the nation for a 10-week summer program focused on research and education in the field of mental health and substance use disorders. Students are mentored by faculty as they structure and execute research projects and deliver their findings.
MHLP Assistant Professor Presents on Family Violence
Carla Stover, PhD, presented Hostility and Substance Use in Relation to Intimate Partner Violence and Negative Parenting at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference in Portsmouth, NH, July 13-15th, 2014. She will also be presenting as part of two symposia at the American Psychological Association annual meeting in Washington DC August 10th. The first is a cross division collaborative program entitled Global Violence Against Girls and Women: From the Cradle to Older Age. She will be joined by graduate students, Erica Coates and Andrew Kiselica for the second symposium entitled Parenting of Men with Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Abuse.
CBCS Study Abroad Program Returns from Ireland
The CBCS Ireland Study Abroad Program, Global Social Policy, Planning and Practices: Solutions to Homelessness in the U.S. and Ireland, led by Mark Engelhardt (MHLP) has successfully concluded. This 8 week course, with two weeks in Dublin, Galway and Killarney, featured collaborating faculty from Trinity College, Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan (Chair of Social Policy), Dr. Paula Mayock and Dr. Ronni Greenwood (U. of Limerick) and Dr. Sam Tsemberis (SKYPED in - Pathways to Housing - U.S.). An outstanding group of 10 USF students, representing 6 majors, were excellent ambassadors at Trinity College and on field experiences to Focus Ireland and the Simon Community, community-based providers ending homelessness. In the true Irish spirit, Trinity College will "welcome" USF back next June.
What Every Psychologist Should Know About Disasters
Lisa Brown, of the University of South Florida, discusses the need for counseling and other mental health resources in the time period after a disaster.
A Closer Look at Police-Involved Shootings in Florida
Lorie Fridell, professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, discusses the trend of officer-involved shootings in Florida going up.
5th Annual Cycling Out Autism Raises over $34,000 for Community Organizations
CBCS's Center for Autism & Related Disabiities and Applied Behavior Analysis Program were among local organizations supported by the event held April 5th.
Children Give the Gift of Hearing
Sarah Gonzalez and her long-time friend Julia Zager have dedicated themselves to raising money to help those suffering from hearing loss receive the gift of hearing. This enduring relationship that spans more than a decade and multiple state lines has had a profound impact on the Bolesta Center in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and many youths in the Tampa Bay area. The Gonzalez and Zager families met in Houston, Texas when Julia Zager and Sarah Gonzalez were just one and two years-old respectively.
CSD Professor Emeritus Receives Honors from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The highest award that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) confers has been given to Elaine R. Silliman, PhD. The Honors of the association recognize members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. This acknowledgment is limited to individuals who are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching and other distinguished professional contributions. The award ceremony will be held at the annual meeting of the association in November, which will be held in Orlando, Florida.
RMHC Assistant Professor Receives APSE Research Award
Tammy Jorgensen Smith, PhD, CRC, was awarded the National Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Research Award at the national conference held in Long Beach, California in July 2014. For 25 years, APSE has played a most critical role in establishing supported employment as the viable rehabilitative service for individuals with significant disabilities who have been unable to become employed in the workforce. The award is in recognition of her work in developing and testing innovative strategies for promoting self-determination, full inclusion, and competitive employment opportunities for persons with complex disabilities. Chip Kenney, Executive Director of Southeast TACE, nominated Dr. Smith for the award with support from Michael Callahan, President of Marc Gold & Associates and a national expert in customized employment strategies. Dr. Smith is actively involved in the Employment First movement and in bringing customized employment strategies to public and private vocational rehabilitation systems through collaboration, teaching, and research. Additionally, Dr. Smith was recently selected to serve on the Board of the Florida Chapter of APSE.
RMHC Assistant Professor Receives $13,700 IPA to Continue Study
Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, was awarded an IPA in the amount of $13,700 to continue her research on "Improving the Measurement of Unemployment in Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). She is presenting a poster on her preliminary findings at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) in Toronto Canada in October of 2014. She is collaborating with Dr. Stephen Luther and Dr. Dezon Finch at the Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research VISN 8 (CINDRR).
RMHC Graduate Student Celebrates End of Semester with a Tasty Assignment
Celia Marchese celebrated the end of the semester with a USF themed cake generated as part of her job analysis assignment in RCS 6301, Career and Lifestyle Assessment taught by Dr. Dillahunt-Aspillaga. As part of Celia's assignment, she collected information about the duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, outcomes, and work environment of the position of baker and cake decorator. The bakery that donated the cake is A Slice of Heaven in Sarasota Florida.
PEPSA Autism Summer Institute
The PEPSA Autism Summer Institute is an annual summer workshop aimed at providing high quality professional development to a wide spectrum of professionals such as ESE and general education teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, SLPs, OTs, instructional assistants, administrators, and parents who impact the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Each year, national experts and prominent regional professionals offer informative and stimulating presentations on a variety of topics of interest to individuals who desire additional information on research, innovation, and effective educational programs for students with ASD.
Keeping an Aging Parent Positive
USF professor Amber Gum discusses different ways to keep older adults active and positive as they age.
USF Professor Teaches Police to Manage Biases
USF criminology professor Lorie Fridell gives a seminar on fair and impartial policing to Tampa police.
Tampa Police, Community Leaders Attend Conference on Bias
USF criminology professor Lorie Fridell gives a seminar on fair and impartial policing to Tampa police.
Grand Jury to Decide if Fatal Police Shooting at Bar was Justified
As the investigation continues into a fatal shooting 10 days ago in the parking lot of a popular Fort Lauderdale bar, Lorie Fridell, associate professor of criminology at USF, discusses police officers carrying weapons while off-duty.
Dr. Kearns Elected President of North American Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology
William Kearns, PhD, has been elected the new President of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology and appointed to the Board of Directors for this scholarly body. The ISG holds Standing Committee status in the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and through IAGG is represented within the 3289 Non-Governmental Organizations with consultative status in the United Nations ECOSOC (ECOnomic and SOcial Council). Also of note, Dr. Kearns' presentation with James L. Fozard, PhD (School of Aging Studies), Paul Webster, PhD (Ubisense, Inc.) and Jan Jasiewicz, PhD (US Dept. of Veterans Affairs) entitled "Location Aware Smart Watch Supporting Aging in Place" was one of the three papers awarded best paper out of 60 submissions at the International Society for Gerontechnology annual meeting (ISG2014) in Taipei, Taiwan last week. The paper and program may be accessed at
AHCA Contract Amendment Adds $816,000 and Four Projects to Existing Contract
FMHI faculty and staff who work on the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) contract recently received an executed amendment that adds $816,000 to the existing contract for four projects that will be conducted during the 2014-15 fiscal year. This is the 18th year that the Institute has had a contract with AHCA totaling nearly $16 million dollars. The latest contract comes during a time of major changes being implemented to Florida's Medicaid system.
USF-CARD Produces New Brochure: Autism Spectrum Disorder & Water Safety
USF-CARD is planning some great events and activities to coincide with the release of their new brochure which will include a public awareness campaign (social media included), sharing information about water safety at all of their upcoming public awareness events (including Surfers for Autism, back to school fairs, Autism Health and Wellness Symposium). Staff and board members will be sharing the brochure at all trainings and home visits, and a possible webinar for parents and professionals is in the works. A pdf version of the brochure is available here. If you would like hard copies of the brochure to distribute to students, patients, clients, campers, etc., please contact Christine Rover at
HIPAA policies, transitions to higher care levels can cause nursing home and assisted living residents to feel stigmatized, researchers find
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities should evaluate certain processes and organizational features that commonly lead residents to feel stigmatized, according to recently published research findings.
Senator: Florida Harshest State for Sexually Violent Predators
WFLA-TV New laws in Florida make it easier to track sex offenders. USF criminology professor Wesley Jennings discusses his research on the topic.
More Police Video Surveillance Could be Coming to Tampa Tampa and Plant City are among the latest police departments to explore body camera technology for officers. Lorie Fridell, associate professor of criminology at USF, explains her research on the subject.
CFS Becomes Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC) Hub of the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health
The Department of Child & Family Studies, in partnership with the Center for Community Learning, Inc. in Miami and Texas, is the Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC) Hub of the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network). The TA Network is the new national center for states and communities funded by the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (Children's Mental Health Initiative or CMHI). Under the lead of the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland , the CLC Hub is regularly reviewing and cataloging resources on a variety of topics, including disproportionalities, evidence-based practices, mental health and trauma, and specific populations. View the resource page at
Dr. Chisolm, CSD Chair, Appointed Vice Provost
Following an internal search, Dr. Terry Chisholm has been appointed to the vital position of Vice Provost for Strategic Planning, Performance and Accountability. Dr. Chisolm has served as Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at USF since 2005. Most recently, the department's graduate programs were nationally ranked #12 (Doctor of Audiology) and #45 (M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology) by US News & World Report. Dr. Chisolm is widely published and maintains a record of funded research supported by both federal agencies and industry. In her new position, Dr. Chisholm will work closely with Provost Ralph Wilcox to provide guidance and oversight for the Offices of Decision Support, and Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Planning & Review; develop and regularly assess key strategic planning and performance accountability documents; and she will work closely with Financial Planning and Analysis to ensure alignment of the budget with USF's strategic plan.
Speech-Language Pathology Students Implement Fluency Program for Children
Speech-Language Pathology students of Dr. Nathan Maxfield in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders have successfully implemented the first ever intensive fluency program for school-age kids who stutter. This program was completed in June and provided more than 20 hours of intensive stuttering modification treatment to 12 children from the Tampa Bay and Central Florida region. This program expands the speech-language pathology program's in fluency disorders and strengthens the program's referral stream for future programs. SLP students included Althea Thomas, Rachel Degani, Tim Stockdale, Melissa Tomlin, Kelly Worthington, Erica Schirm, Jenna Graepel and Jenn Kordell. Congratulations! A 3-week intensive program for fluency in adults and teens will be held from July 7-25; all are welcome to come and observe.
MHLP Research Associate Professor Named APA Fellow
MHLP Research Associate Professor Named APA Fellow Celia Lescano, PhD, was recently notified that she will be awarded Fellow status within Division 54 of the American Psychological Association Fellow at the upcoming APA annual meeting this August in Washington, DC. "Fellow status reflects recognition by colleagues and the APA of extraordinary contributions to the discipline. Criteria for recognition as a Fellow include having a national impact on psychology, sustained contributions to pediatric psychology for more than five years, distinctive contributions to pediatric psychology that are recognized by others as excellent, and contributions whose impact extends beyond the immediate setting in which the candidate works. Areas of unusual and outstanding contributions include research, teaching, administration, professional service and practice."
RMHC Associate Professor & Colleagues Receive Top Poster at International Society for Gerontechnology Conference
William Kearns, PhD, recently returned from Taipei, Taiwan where he presented a poster at the 9th Annual World Conference of Gerontechnology. The poster entitled, Location Aware Smart Watch to Support Aging in Place was one of three out of a field of 60 posters chosen for a certificate. The smart watch reveals the location of the wearer in monitored space and provides auditory, visual and vibratory signals for prompts and reminders contingent on schedule and/or location and is currently being used in a residential cognitive rehabilitation program for veterans with traumatic brain injury.
MHLP Associate Professor Lead Author of National Policy Brief
Holly Hills, PhD, was the lead author on a policy brief that was recently released by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. Her brief is one in a series of three briefs providing information to juvenile drug treatment courts on how to effectively serve youth with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
Interim Director of Child Welfare Training Consortium Named
Bruce Bryant has agreed to serve as the Interim Director of the Child Welfare Training Consortium in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. Bruce has been with the Training Consortium since 2002 and has served in a leadership role for many years. Bruce will assume the Principal Investigator role on existing and new Training Consortium contracts and will continue to be responsible for managing day-to-day activities.
CBCS Alumni Council Website Launched
The CBCS Alumni Council website has been created and highlights the members of the council. Over the next several weeks, we'll feature all the members of the council. This month we feature Michelle Arnold and Manley Jaquiss.

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