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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.
Green Bay-area police, deputies testing body cameras
Lorie Fridell, a University of South Florida professor who is conducting a similar experiment with the Orlando police, said use-of-force incidents tend to drop because officers and citizens "behave better" when they know they're being recorded.
Dr. Karen Berkman and the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF Profiled on the Philanthropy Show Opens in a new window
The Philanthropy Show (TM) is an online talk show for nonprofit employees, boards, and donors produced in Tampa Bay with a statewide focus and national reach. Their goal is to connect and inspire philanthropy through three intentions; to educate, uplift and empower the nonprofit community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga appointed Chair Community Re-integration Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Military and Veterans Affairs Networking Group
Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga was appointed Chair of the Community Re-integration Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Military and Veterans Affairs Networking Group.
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 Officers Attend Leadership Summit
The officers of the Social Work Society recently attended the National Association of Social Workers Student Leadership Summit in Orlando.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Dr. Joshua Cochran finds disproportionalities exist in the system
How can we create a more racially and ethnically fair justice system? Drs. Joshua Cochran, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida and Daniel Mears, College of Criminology at Florida State University, suggest that understanding racial and ethnic patterning in court dispositions is an effective way to tap into disparities in youths’ likelihood to be punished (sanctioned), dismissed without punishment or intervention, or receive rehabilitation (diversionary intervention or probation) from the courts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.autifonytherapeutics.com ), 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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...
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
Gem thief and murder convict brings talk to USF
Gem thief and murder convict brings talk to USF
FMHI Faculty Attend Roundtable on Suicide Prevention Among Veterans
Following the release of startling statistics, several Florida agencies were invited to showcase outreach efforts designed to help prevent suicide among our nation's veterans.
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."
Teaching Gun Safety Skills to Young Children Ray Miltenberger
Teaching Gun Safety Skills to Young Children Ray Miltenberger
CBCS Faculty Receive Interdisciplinary Seed Grant
Dr. Celia Lescano of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy recently received a $50,000 grant to study the behaviors of young homosexual men in the coming year. The study, titled "Health Assessment of Sexual Minority Young Males in Tampa: A Bio-Behavioral Snapshot" will examine mental and physical stresses associated with reduced lifespan present in the population.
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.
Funding drives move to group homes
"There's a huge demand (for more group homes)," said Elizabeth Perkins, associate director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities at the University of South Florida. "One of the issues is that you have a lot of people living with family members who are getting older and are in situations where they are not able to provide the care," Perkins said.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Plowman
Dr. Emily Plowman founded the Neuromotor Speech and Swallowing Restoration (NSSR) laboratory whose mission is to improve and maintain upper aerodigestive tract function in individuals with neurologic disease and the associated processes of speech, breathing and swallowing.
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.
USF Students Help Older Adults Age in Place
USF Students Help Older Adults Age in Place USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships Dr. Brianne Stanback, Instructor and Internship Director in the School of Aging Studies, has taken the next step by creating a service-learning course called Aging in Space and Place in partnership with Florida Presbyterian Homes, a continuing care retirement community that offers a variety of choices for independent living and assisted living. She received a mini-grant from the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships to support the implementation of the course.
TWC News All Night
Sensitivity training is underway in the Durham police department with the hopes of bridging the gap between the police and the community. A recent report by the city's human relations committee showed racial bias. Dr. Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida is in charge of the training.
In Vancouver and Seattle, Winding down the War on Drugs
Ojmarrh Mitchell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida, is one of North America's leading scholars of drug courts, and his research shows that drug courts across the United States reduce criminal recidivism rates by an average of 24 per cent.
ABA Program Awarded 5-Year $1.06 million Grant
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, students accepted into the "Project ABA" program will become school-based behavior analysts working with children with autism. During the 5-year funding, Project ABA will train 20 in the ABA Master's Program to graduate with the qualifications of being school-based behavior analysts. Students who are enrolled in Project ABA will receive $33,000-$35,000 scholarships during their 2-year program.
CSD Student Receives USF Graduate Student Latina Award
Yunet Holmes, a third year doctoral student in audiology, received the USF Graduate Student Latina Award for her doctoral project. The Office of Graduate Studies wanted to highlight a graduate student during the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, which takes place every year from September 15 to October 15. Holmes was born in Cuba and moved to Florida when she was eight years old. Holmes helps Hispanic patients with their hearing difficulties in different clinical settings in the Tampa Bay Area. Her Audiology Doctoral Project involved working with the University of Arizona to implement an aural rehabilitation program, in order to educate Hispanic adults who have a hearing loss and who have difficulty accessing hearing health care due to limited information available in the Spanish language. Holmes hopes to continue raising awareness in the Hispanic community about negative psychological and social effects of hearing loss and increase their access to hearing healthcare.
CFS's Continued State Funding Allows Larger Impact on Florida's Children and Adolescents in Need
The Department of Child & Family Studies continues its large impact on Florida's growing number of children and adolescents in need of behavioral or developmental support services. In the past few years, several centers housed within CFS have seen increased funding to meet the rising needs in homes, schools and communities.
USF ABA Provides 33 Presentations at 2014 Florida Association of Behavioral Analysis Conference
Presentations were made by the entire ABA faculty, 5 doctoral and 18 master's students including 26 research papers and 7 symposiums.
Penn Prof and Alums Address Strangulation, Intimate Partner Violence in Research
The paper was co-authored by Elizabeth Sivitz, an undergraduate student in the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn at the time of publication, and Manisha Joshi, an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida, who earned her Ph.D. in social welfare at the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn.
After Ferguson, police rush to buy body cameras
Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida who is conducting a similar experiment with the Orlando Police Department, said use-of-force incidents tend to drop because officers and citizens "behave better" when they know they're being recorded.
Florida officers fatally shooting more people
Shootings by police officers are either justified or unjustified, said Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union. "They are all tragic but they are not all wrong," Fridell said in a phone interview. "And we can't assume that our goal is zero officer-involved shootings until such time that we no longer have criminals who are in fact causing death and serious bodily harm to other people. So the goal is not zero officer-involved shootings, it's having only justified officer-involved shootings."
Miami police union rips body camera pilot program
Department brass recently purchased 50 Taser cameras to deploy among the roughly 1,150-member department as part of a University of South Florida study of body cams among large police forces.
Tampa Gem Sertoma Club Makes Donation to CSD
The Tampa Gem Sertoma Club hosted a "Celebrate Sound" Walk for Hearing this past spring. The event raised $3,000 which they donated to the USF Hearing Clinic in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, Michelle Arnold was awarded a $5000 grant from National Sertoma, thanks to sponsorship from Tampa Gem Sertoma Club.
CBCS Homecoming Activities a Huge Success
CBCS hosted a Watch Party before the USF Homecoming Parade on October 10, 2014.
Bridging the Word Gap Network: Early Literacy and Language Development
The Bridging the Word Gap Network is a national network of experts in language and literacy development that will address the “30 million word gap” difference in the number of words that some children from poverty backgrounds hear by age 4 compared with the experiences of other children.
Criminology Honors Alumni and Students in Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Criminology Honors Alumni and Students in Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Nonfatal Strangulation and Intimate Partner Violence: Prevalence and Policy Implications
Nonfatal Strangulation and Intimate Partner Violence: Prevalence and Policy Implications
Bridging the Word Gap Network: Early Literacy and Language Development
Bridging the Word Gap Network: Early Literacy and Language Development
Nonfatal Strangulation and Intimate Partner Violence: Prevalence and Policy Implications
Nonfatal Strangulation and Intimate Partner Violence
USF Partnering to offer Community Integration Specialist Training
National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and the USF Partner to offer Community Integration Specialist Training
MHLP Faculty Begin Work on DCF PATH Contract
Mark Engelhardt (PI) and Jim Winarski have begun work on their new three year, $269,000 executed contract with the Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office in Tallahassee. This statewide training and technical assistance contract is part of the federal PATH - Projects to Assist Persons Transition from Homelessness initiative training 23 PATH providers throughout the state Regional DCF SAMH Offices, Managing Entities, service users, people in recovery, homeless coalitions and four State Treatment Facilities (state mental health civil hospitals).
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.
Criminology Student Selected for Prestigious Internship
Emily Aviles, a student in the Department of Criminology, was selected for the 2014 Summer Honors FBI Internship. This is a prestigious and highly competitive honors program. Emily was selected among a pool of college students from across the country. The FBI Program offers students an exciting insider's view of FBI operations and an opportunity to explore career opportunities within the Bureau. FBI Honors Interns spend ten rewarding weeks in the summer working side-by-side with FBI employees on a variety of organizational issues or investigative matters that are vital to the FBI's mission.
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 TBO.com 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.
CBCS Faculty Raise Awareness In National Suicide Prevention Week
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and with the recent suicide of Robin Williams, the movement is getting additional attention.
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.

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