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Social Work Faculty Along with USF Colleagues Receive R01 Grant from National Institute of Mental Health
Alison Salloum, PhD (PI; School of Social Work), along with co-investigators John Robst, PhD (MHLP), Wei Wang, PhD (College of Public Health), Kristen Saloman, PhD (College of Arts and Science), Tanya Murphy, MD (College of Medicine Pediatrics) and Eric Storch, PhD (College of Medicine Pediatrics) received a 4-year National Institute of Mental Health R01 grant to examine how to optimize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a stepped care therapy for children ages 4 to 12 who have experienced trauma.
CFS Research Assistant Professor Co-Investigator of Intervention Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences
Rose Iovannone, PhD, and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities in the Department of Child & Family Studies are among three centers (University of Rochester, Appalachian State University, University of South Florida) selected to develop and pilot their intervention model, Students with Autism Accessing General Education (SAAGE).
New Director of the School of Aging Studies Named
Brent Small, PhD, will be appointed to Director of the School of Aging Studies for a three-year term, effective August 7th.
USF Alumnae Named RMHC Instructor
Amanda DePippo has accepted the faculty position of Instructor in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program effective August 7, 2015.
HIPPY's Early Childhood Education Pilot Program a Success in Nigeria, West Africa
During June 2015, the Florida HIPPY state office participated in a three-week pilot project in Nigeria, West Africa with students from the University of Tampa who adapted the HIPPY Age Three Curriculum into an innovative model using current technology, cell phones and text messaging.
Research Scholar Day to be Held Tomorrow
Twelve undergraduate scholars from around the country will wrap up their intensive 10-week Summer Research Institute program tomorrow, August 4th, when they present their projects tomorrow at the 2015 Scholar Research Day.
CORE and CACREP Sign Plan of Merger for Unified Accreditation Process
On July 20, 2015, the counseling profession's two major accrediting organizations - the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) - signed a Plan of Merger Agreement.
Hospice care may start later for patients in assisted living
FOX News Network
Editorial: Kids in poverty
Gainesville.com
Sex offenders who have kids put schools in awkward spot
The Virginian-Pilot
Juvenile detention riot reignites old debate: Rehabilitate or discipline?
TBO.com
Pasco schools struggle to hire and keep speech pathologists
Tampa Bay Times
I have faith in our police
Thehour.com
What Economic Recovery? America's Children Suffer Post-Recession
Free Republic
Aging Studies Associate Professor Part of USF Team Studying Chemotherapy-Induced Cognitive Impairment
Hongdao Meng, PhD, will be a member of a team of researchers from USF Health and Moffitt Cancer Center that received more than $2.8 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study memory and concentration among breast cancer survivors using a meditation-based stress reduction intervention.
Intensive Summer Program Helps Individuals Control Persistent Stuttering
Each summer, something truly transformative takes place for a select group of individuals at the USF Tampa campus.
The casual killing of blacks: When everyday activities trigger lethal force by the police
Salon.com
CSD Offers Medical Errors Course
Communication Sciences and Disorders is offering a course "Prevention of Medical Errors for Rehabilitation Professionals" on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Westside Conference Center E.
Congratulations ABA Summer Masters Graduates
All graduates of Summer 2015 are already employed and/or continuing education for a doctoral degree.
Ferguson one year later
BBC Radio 5 Live - U.K. National Radio
Aging Studies Director Featured by the Gerontological Society of America
Brent Small, PhD, was featured on the website of the Gerontological Society of America.
CSD Grad Student Presents Work in Scotland
Karen Reddick, a Masters level student in Communication Sciences and Disorders and former USF undergraduate in the Language, Speech, and Hearing program, presented her master's thesis work entitled "Quantifying Ultrasound Data from a Tongue Twister Experiment Using Curve-to-Curve Distance" at the 18th International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences in Glasgow, Scotland.
Grant Gives Boost To USF Geriatric Training
WUSF News - University of South Florida
Characteristics of opiate users vary widely across US
Healio
Destination Dignity: The Importance of Dignity and Rights for Persons with Mental Illnesses
August 24 is the beginning of the Dignity March, a campaign by Mental Health America to bring attention to the stigma, shame and discrimination experienced daily by persons with mental illnesses. On any given day in the United States, 1 in every 5 persons, more than 60 million Americans, will experience mental illnesses and substance use conditions.
Intensive Summer Program Helps Individuals Control Persistent Stuttering
Each summer, something truly transformative takes place for a select group of individuals at the USF Tampa campus. Teens and adults with a history of persistent stuttering discover that they can take control of their speech and find fluency.
Criminology student receives USF’S Presidential Doctoral Fellowship Award
The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF is proud to recognize incoming criminology doctoral student, Alexander Toth, as the recipient of the Presidential Doctoral Fellowship. This is a prestigious award given to new doctoral students with exceptional academic and professional credentials from their previous institutions and work experience.
Research Assistant Professor Norín Dollard Profiled on WUSF
As Co-director of Florida KIDS COUNT, she commented on the newly released national KIDS COUNT Data Book, which revealed that while Florida ranked 37th in overall child well-being, the state showed improvement in measures of health over a five-year period from 2008 to 2013.
Aging Studies Faculty Receive R03 Grant from the National Cancer Institute
Stacey Scott, PhD, and Brent Small, PhD, with colleagues Drs. Paul Jacobsen, Heather Jim, and Susan Minton from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, received a National Cancer Institute R03 grant to study daily cognitive function among breast cancer survivors.
RMHC Assistant Professor Awarded VA Funding
Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC, CVE, CLCP, has been awarded $27,990 in funding from the Veteran's Administration to conduct research on Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation of Veterans with Deployment-related Stress.
CFS Research Associate Professor Helping Veterans to
At the 2015 John K Friesen International Conference "Harnessing Technology for Aging-in Place," William Kearns, PhD, presented opening remarks and a paper on his current work, "Extending Smart Home Technology for Persons with Cognitive Impairment."
Criminology Alumni Receives Prestigious Internship
Katelyn Heron, who graduated this past spring from USF with degrees in psychology and criminology, has accepted an internship with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia for this summer.
The Center for Child Welfare Expands its Quality Parenting Training to Fourth State
The Center for Child Welfare in the Department of Child and Family Studies became a partner with the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) in Florida in 2010, and its Just In Time foster parent training program was funded through the Center's contract with the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF).
CFS Research Project Looking for Participants
Research faculty from CFS are conducting a study (IRB # 16926) to look at the use of the Prevent-Teach- Reinforce by parents to reduce child challenging behavior.
Exhibit Chronicles Development Of Artist Tom Day
Following his stroke, Day worked with Cheryl Paul at the University of South Florida (USF). Paul specializes in treating adults with neurogenic language disorders.
Police body camera policies differ
When OPD received its first 50 body cameras last year as part of a study being conducted by the University of South Florida, the department created a 3-page policy setting basic rules on camera usage.
CBCS Faculty Receive NIA R01 Grant Subcontract
Nan Sook Park, PhD (School of Social Work) and David Chiriboga, PhD (Department of Child and Family Studies) received a subcontract for a National Institute on Aging R01 grant.
Dr. Monique Brown Receives
Congratulations to Dr. Monique Brown for winning the Excellence in Abstract Submission among All Presenters Award.
CSD Graduate Students Bring Home Win in Praxis Bowl
Three CSD graduate students in the master's program in Speech Language Pathology won the Praxis Bowl at the FLASHA conference in May. Krisztina Madak, Kelly Worthington, and Erika Blue represented the smallest team at the Bowl. The Praxis Bowl is a students' competition with questions similar to the Praxis exam which is required for certification in the field of Speech Language Pathology.
CBCS Staff & Students Participate in Surfers for Autism
CARD-USF hosted a table and tent at the 5th Annual Surfers for Autism on Pass A Grille Beach on Saturday, July 11th. Over 200 kids surfed while hundreds of volunteers helped in the water and on land.
Police and the Public - Part 1: Traffic study transforms Michigan department
Criminology expert Lorie Fridell came up from the University of South Florida to train the department on bias reduction.
Training aims to recognize, reduce officer bias
This week, four members of the agency learned how officers can recognize and counteract their biases, said Lorie Fridell, who developed the Fair and Impartial Policing training program led this week by retired Madison police Chief Noble Wray and Milwaukee police Inspector Mary Hoerig.
Ireland Study Abroad - International Success
Once again, the Ireland Study Abroad Program - Global Social Policy, Planning and Practices: Solutions to Homelessness and Ireland - was a total success. Led by MHLP Faculty, Mark Engelhardt, eleven CBCS students, representing six majors studied in residence at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland for a week, were immersed in community-based field visits, and toured the West Coast of Ireland (Galway, Dingle, Killarney).
Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2015 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today shows that while Florida is experiencing positive growth in economic trends, the number of children living in poverty continues to rise.
USF Professor training bartenders to prevent sex assaults
A USF criminology professor is visiting bars across the area, hoping to prevent sexual assault.
Kids Count: Health Measures Improve In FL
“I would say that while we do have some bright spots, in terms of teen deaths, improvement in the teen birth rate, I think there needs to be continued effort to give these children access to health care," said Dr. Norin Dollard, who co-directs Florida KIDS COUNT at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Training Aims to Recognize, Reduce Bias
This week, four members of the agency learned how officers can recognize and counteract their biases, said Lorie Fridell, who developed the Fair and Impartial Policing training program...
Hospice care may start later for patients in assisted living
Sometimes hospice begins too late to provide enough time for optimal support and pain management, said Debra Dobbs, a researcher in aging at the University of South Florida in Tampa who wasn't involved in the study.
Kids Count: Economy Hurts FL Children
The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that childhood poverty and family unemployment were major factors behind Florida's rank of 37th in the country for child well-being.
CARD-USF to Host ASD and Mental Health Conference
CARD-USF is pleased to bring this important conference on autism spectrum disorder and mental health to professionals and families.
Research Assistant Professor Norín Dollard Profiled on WUSF
As Co-director of Florida KIDS COUNT, she commented on the newly released national KIDS COUNT Data Book, which revealed that while Florida ranked 37th in overall child well-being, the state showed improvement in measures of health over a five-year period from 2008 to 2013.
Dr. Monique Brown Receives "Excellence in Abstract Submission among All Presenters Award"
Congratulations to Dr. Monique Brown for winning the Excellence in Abstract Submission among All Presenters Award. Her piece, Psychopathology and intimate partner violence victimization associated with HIV disclosure among HIV-positive men who have sex with men, was chosen to be recognized on November 3rd at the annual meeting in Chicago during the HIV/AIDS Social. Dr. Brown is currently a Research Assistant Professor within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences; a position she has held since March 2015. Before becoming a faculty member at USF, she was awarded the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.
RMHC Assistant Professor Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Awarded VA Funding
Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program which has recently merged with the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences’ Department of Child & Family Studies, has been awarded $27, 990 in funding from the Veteran’s Administration to conduct research on Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation of Veterans with Deployment-related Stress.
Dr. William Kearns, Helping Veterans to “Age-in-place” at the Friesen International Conference
At the 2015 John K Friesen International Conference "Harnessing Technology for Aging-in Place," Professor William Kearns, faculty in the Department of Child & Family Studies in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida, presented opening remarks and a paper on his current work, “Extending Smart Home Technology for Persons with Cognitive Impairment.”
Jagged Sea by Tom Day who is part of the Art-in-Health Arts Studio for Aphasia project
Jagged Sea by Tom Day who is part of the Art-in-Health Arts Studio for Aphasia project
Criminology alumna receives prestigious internship
Criminology alumna receives prestigious internship
Tampa Interbay Rotary Presents $25,000 to CARD-USF and the USF ABA Program
On June 18, 2015, Tampa Interbay Rotary President Allen Keetch presented checks totaling $25,000 to USF's Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD-USF) and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program (ABA), recipients of the 6th Annual Cycling Out Autism fundraising event held March 28, 2015.
Former FBI agent says we need to better monitor potential mass shooters
Dr. Kathleen Heidi tells us you have to speak up. When people start talking, really hate messages, and destruction, i think it's time to move beyond political correctness and say what's going on.
Three Moms Were Sure Their Kids Knew How to Act Around a Gun. So They Put Them to the Test...
IJReview reached out to Dr. Miltenberger for additional information for parents.
Some of the best meals are at ALFs
Most view themselves as providing a home environment," said Dr. Kathryn Hyer, associate director of the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. "So restaurant-style dining wouldn't be so different.
The Importance of Disclosure: "Start Talking. Stop HIV."
Dr. Julianne Serovich, Dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Serovich has studied HIV disclosure since 1997. In previous studies, she found that HIV-positive men who disclose their condition are more likely to get necessary medical help, to find out about new clinical trials and therapies, are more likely to get social support, and have less regret about disclosing their serostatus. "Disclosure may be difficult," Dr. Serovich says, "but the long-term consequences appear to be positive."
June is Men’s Health Awareness Month
To be most effective, screening assessments and interventions should address how a man’s beliefs and concerns about his identity as a man affect how his response to screening and assessment as well as his willingness to engage in treatment.
Tampa Interbay Rotary Presents $25,000 to CARD-USF and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Both programs in the Department of Child & Family Studies are recipients of the 6th Annual Cycling Out Autism fundraising event held March 28, 2015.
Professor Raymond Miltenberger Featured on Dateline NBC Regarding Gun Safety
Dr. Raymond Miltenberger, professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, and the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at USF, was featured on the NBC Dateline segment June 21 featuring kids and gun safety.
Howard Goldstein Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Examine Intervention for Young Children with Language Delays
Howard Goldstein, PhD, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida, was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The project, "Explicit Vocabulary Instruction in Automated Listening Centers for Young Children with Language Delays," will develop a supplemental vocabulary and comprehension curriculum for young children at-risk for reading difficulties.
CFS Professor Highlights Gun Safety on NBC's
Raymond Miltenberger, PhD, professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at USF, was on the NBC Dateline segment June 21 featuring kids and gun safety. The show is part of the series, "My Kid Would Never do That."
Dateline: My Kid Would Never Do That
We've enlisted the help of Dr. Ray Miltenberger, a professor at the University of South Florida and a leading researcher of gun injury prevention....
'Dateline' series explores child gun safety, feature USF professor
'Dateline' series to explore child gun safety, feature USF professor TAMPA The third installment of NBC Dateline's series "My Kid Would Never...
Dr. Ross Andel Awarded Visiting Professor Status at Charles University (Czech Republic)
Dr. Ross Andel, School of Aging Studies in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida (USF) has been awarded Visiting Professor status at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, by Charles University’s President/Rector Tomas Zima.
Dr. Howard Goldstein Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Examine Intervention for Young Children with Language Delays
Dr. Howard Goldstein, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida, was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The project, “Explicit Vocabulary Instruction in Automated Listening Centers for Young Children with Language Delays,” will develop a supplemental vocabulary and comprehension curriculum for young children at-risk for reading difficulties.
MHLP Assistant Professor Receives Award
Khary Rigg, PhD, was recently selected as winner of the American Sociological Association Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Section's 2015 Junior Scholar Award.
Criminology Faculty Receive Awards in Albany, NY
Drs. Michael Lynch and Elizabeth Cass were recognized on May 16th at State University of New York at Albany, School of Criminal Justice in Paige Hall. Dr. Lynch received the Distinguished Alumni Academic Award and Dr. Cass received the award for Distinguished Alumni Practitioner Award. The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor School of Criminal Justice graduates whose outstanding careers merit special recognition; only two awards are given each year.
CBCS Staff Honored at Luncheon
Dean Serovich hosted a college-wide summer staff lunch with the theme Red, White & Blue. The Dean grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, while Lisa Landis and Jessica Wall grilled corn-on-the-cob. Other staff brought side dishes and desserts to enjoy. There was a patriotic trivia game with Dee Keiser in Social Work winning the grand prize for answering all 20 questions correctly. Everyone left the lunch feeling very full. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Orlando police want 400 body cameras for officers
My Fox Orlando "Over a year ago, we engaged in a one year long study with USF [University of South Florida] where we purchased 50 body cameras, and those 50 body worn cameras were given to volunteer officers who volunteered to wear the cameras during the one year long study," Chief Mina says, "and those officers still have those cameras to this day."
SW Faculty Return from Collaboration Planning Meeting in NE India
Iraida Carrion, PhD, LCSW, and Manisha Joshi, PhD of the School of Social work, attended a meeting on May 22, 2015 in Dibrugarh, India to discuss the potential of a collaborative research partnership between Dibrugarh University and USF. The discussion focused on designing and implementing an international exchange program, identifying interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities with social science faculty and students at Dibrugarh University and also on emerging research trends that have wide applicability in the study of contemporary themes related to the field.
CFS ABA Students Exceed Exam Pass Rates
The majority of CFS students in both the master's and undergraduate minor programs in Applied Behavior Analysis who took BCBA and BCaBA examinations in 2014 passed on their first try. The percentage of those passing greatly exceeded the national average. According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Chief Executive Officer Dr. James E. Carr, a total of 4,813 first-time test takers sat for the BCBA examination, with a passing rate of 60%. From USF's master's program, of the 45 first-time test takers who sat for the BCBA examination, 93% had a passing rate.
Children with autism are naturally drawn to water, and most don't understand the dangers
"We were very, very upset," said Mindy Stevens, assistant director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at the University of South Florida.
After terror shooting, Boston police choose transparency over tradition
"There's certainly a movement among progressive police departments to be more transparent when it comes to many activities and certainly use of force," says University of South Florida criminologist Lorie Fridell, who regularly conducts police trainings - including in Boston last week - on how to conduct fair and impartial policing.
Criminology faculty receive awards in Albany, NY
Drs. Michael Lynch and Elizabeth Cass were recognized on May 16th at State University of New York at Albany, School of Criminal Justice in Paige Hall. Dr. Lynch received the Distinguished Alumni Academic Award and Dr. Cass received the award for Distinguished Alumni Practitioner Award. The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor School of Criminal Justice graduates whose outstanding careers merit special recognition; only two awards are given each year.
Addressing the Quality of Life for Aging Adults
Addressing the Quality of Life for Aging Adults
Studying the Link between Nutrition and Alcohol in Aging Adults
Studying the Link between Nutrition and Alcohol in Aging Adults
CSD Professor Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus
David Eddins, PhD, CCC-A, was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus from the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is only the 2nd person to receive the award in the history of the program. As the Distinguished Alumnus, he gave the commencement address a few weeks ago in Chapel Hill.
Behavioral Healthcare Academic Program Welcomes New Field Placement Coordinator
Amy Gierhahn joins the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy's Behavioral Healthcare academic program as the new Field Placement Coordinator.
New Handbook of Communication Disorders Published
Ruth H. Bahr, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Elaine R. Silliman, Professor Emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders, are co-editors of the Routledge Handbook of Communication Disorders, published on May 15, 2015.
Cheektowaga police get training aimed at avoiding Ferguson, Baltimore confrontations
"The modern science on biases tells us that all humans have biases," said Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. "For too long, we have focused only on explicit biases."
Tempe chief: Debate on policing is good for communities
We have also scheduled Dr. Lorie Fridell, an internationally recognized expert on Fair and Impartial Policing from the University of South Florida, to provide training to our staff and community members.
The Children's Bureau Holds First Children's Hero Awards Event
Honorees for the inaugural event included: ... social worker and University of South Florida professor Alison Salloum ...
RMHC Welcomes New Academic Services Administrator
Sarah Balmer joins the Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Program (RMHC) as an Academic Services Administrator.
Letter of the Day: Address mental health issues before stage four
The writer is a professor and chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, at the University of South Florida.
Police take tough look at selves to reduce bias
The training program was developed by Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida.
Senior housing transitions can lead to stigma and isolation
The Metlife Mature Market 2012 Survey of long term care costs lists some useful questions to ask when looking for a nursing home or assisted living, said Debra Dobbs of the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a co-investigator on the study.
Free Training For Early Childhood Programs and Providers
CBCS Faculty Drs. Lise Fox and Christopher Vatland are presenters of the training, Partnering with Families to Promote their Child’s Social and Emotional Development, which will be held at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County June 12 at 1:00 pm.
CBCS Cumulative Distinction Graduates Honored at Graduation
The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is proud to announce that three superb students are graduating in the Spring 2015 semester with distinction.
RMHC Program Gains New Director
Chih-Chin Chou, PhD has accepted the position of Program Director for the Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Program, effective August 7, 2015.
Chief: Orlando police to add 450 body cameras to officers after USF study
University of South Florida researchers began the study in March 2014 with the goal to explore "the perceptions of Orlando police officers toward body worn cameras and the effect of body worn cameras on officer [and citizen] behavior."
Fed funding for police body cameras a small step
University of South Florida researchers are studying the potential use of police body cameras in the city to improve professionalism. The theory of the cameras is that -- when police don't turn them off or fail to turn them on -- the record and attention help promote better behavior.
RMHC Reorganization Announcement
RMHC Reorganization Announcement
HIPPY Curriculum Selected To Help Student Entrepreneurs Improve Early Childhood Education For Poor Children In Sub-Saharan Africa
The Florida Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center Opens in a new window, housed within the Department of Child & Family Studies at USF, has developed a unique collaboration with Team Athollo, a student team that is part of the entrepreneurial center at the University of Tampa.
MHLP Faculty to Serve as Research Partners on 3-Year Grant
Scott Young, PhD, (PI) and Kathleen Moore, PhD, (Co-PI) have successfully executed a three-year contract to serve as the research partners for a three-year grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC).
CSD Student Wins Research Award
Laura Henning from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders received a Research Excellence award at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. As one of the winners, she received $250 and was recognized in front of the USF leadership at a special luncheon on April 23, 2015.
CSD's SLP Master's Program Top 10 in the Nation
The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders' Speech-Language Pathology Master's program was recently ranked the number 9 top SLP program in the nation by Graduateprograms.com.
Police training is smart, preventive step forward
The Cheektowaga Police Department has taken a proactive step regarding police bias by participating in a fair and impartial policing training led by Lorie Fridell, associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida - Tampa.
The Fallout of Freddie Gray
Finally, we speak with LORIE FRIDELL, associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, about the implicit biases of police officers, and what can be done to correct them.
Criminology Associate Professor Appointed to Advisory Board
OJ Mitchell, PhD, has been appointed to sit on the U.S. Attorney General's Science Advisory Board. The objectives of the Board are to provide the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the OJP bureaus and offices with advice about the state of research in the justice system and aligned fields, including under-served and under-studied populations.
MHLP Assistant Professor Awarded Fellow Status
Khary Rigg, PhD, was recently notified that he will be awarded fellow status with the University of Pennsylvania Center Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) for a three year term.
MHLP Research Associate Professor Receives Diversity Award
Celia Lescano, PhD, was recently awarded the 2015 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Pediatric Psychology by Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology; SPP) of the American Psychological Association.
FMHI Affiliates Attend NATCOM15
FMHI Executive Director Mary Armstrong attended the 2015 National Behavioral Healthcare Conference.
CBCS Internal Grant Program
After a brief hiatus, the CBCS Research Council reopened the internal grant program and accepted proposals to be awarded beginning Summer 2015.
CBCS International Travel Grant Program
This program is designed to provide targeted support for faculty travel that is directly related to future or currently sponsored grant applications or significant publications.
CBCS Students Win Undergraduate Research Awards
Nina Dearwater, a Long Term Care Administration major in the School of Aging Studies and the President the USF Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega Gerontology Honor's Society and Kacey Renfroe from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders were selected as one of the winners of the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium.
2015 Undergraduate Research in Physiology Award
Undergraduate Neurophysiology of Aging lab research assistant, Anthony Asta, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Undergraduate Research in Physiology Award for his Undergraduate Colloquium poster entitled, Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials in Individuals with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment.
BLLING Healthy Speech-Language-Hearing Fair
The Bilingual Language and Literacy Investigative and Networking Group (BLLING), in collaboration with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders' Speech, Language, and Hearing Center conducted its first "Healthy Speech-Language-Hearing" Fair to benefit Spanish-speaking immigrant families in Plant City, FL.
USF, bartenders work to prevent sexual assault
As a bystander, you really have two options: you can either stand there and do nothing or you can step up and intervene," says Dr. Rachael Powers, associate professor of criminology at USF and coordinator of the Bar Training for Active Bystanders program....
2015 Summer Institutes on Universal Design & Assistive Technology/Technologies for Children with Autism
The Summer Institutes are facilitated by USF faculty and professionals who have expertise in supporting the needs of high-risk students, as well as children with autism and related disabilities.
MHLP Professor Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Roger Peters, PhD, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Public/Global Health to be conducted in Cape Coast, Ghana with colleagues from the University of Cape Coast.
USF TRAIN Award Luncheon
CBCS was well represented at the USF Excellence in Research Administration Sixth Annual TRAIN Award Luncheon held on April 2, 2015.
Social Work Month
The School of Social Work joined the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to celebrate Social Work Month.
BSW Program Chair Presents at National Conference
Lori Rogovin, MSW, ACSW, presented at the annual conference of the national Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors held last week in Kansas City, MO.
MHLP Assistant Professor to Keynote Norway Conference
Carla Stover, PhD, has been invited to give both a keynote address and a workshop on Fathers for Change therapy intervention for men with co-occurring intimate partner violence and substance abuse and engaging men in treatment following violence at the 5th Nordic Conference on Violence and Treatment in Oslo, Norway.
Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Brazilian Perspective
CSD Faculty and students traveled to The School of Dentistry and Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies at the University of São Paulo, Brazil over USF's Spring Break.
RMHC Graduates Accepted to Doctoral Programs
Two graduate students in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program have been accepted to doctoral programs beginning this fall.
The Use and Effectiveness of Mental Health Courts
According to Roger Boothroyd, PhD, of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy of the University of South Florida in Tampa, MHCs have specific characteristics that differentiate them from traditional courts.
How incarceration multiplies society's inequities
Joshua C. Cochran, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of South Florida and, with Daniel P. Mears, author of "Prisoner Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration." Dr. Cochran will be the keynote speaker at Project 180's Strong Voices/Strong Subjects lecture April 3 at the Francis in Sarasota.
Three CBCS Staff Receive 2014 USF Outstanding Staff Awards
The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is proud to announce that three internal candidates were selected as university-wide recipients of the 2014 USF Outstanding Staff Awards. Alberto Delgado (Dean's Office), Gail Smith (School of Aging Studies), and Keri Uravich (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders) have all demonstrated excellence in their jobs and a willingness to go above and beyond in helping co-workers, faculty, and students. The Awards Ceremony was held on April 9, 2015 in the USF School of Music Concert Hall.
RMHC Assistant Professor Awarded VA Funding ($14, 291) Measuring Quality of Life in Veterans with Deployment Related PTSD (PI, Luther)
Many Veterans are at a higher risk for experiencing post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and may also experience increased rates of unemployment compared to civilian populations.
Mom's Project Recipients - 3 Lucky Ladies with Big Experience and Even Bigger Goals.
The Mom's Project Award is given annually to worthy students whose interests align with those of the mothers of the program's founding faculty members - Drs. Catherine Batsche, Roger Boothroyd, and Mary Armstrong.
School of Aging Studies Holds Annual Preceptor Reception
Each year the School of Aging Studies Awards scholarships to outstanding students in the field of Gerontology.
Domestic violence a hidden problem among the elderly
Those numbers echoed research by Donna Cohen, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of South Florida's department of aging and mental health [sic]. Cohen, who has testified before the Senate on the issue, has found that the elder population has the highest rate of murder-suicides.
Police use of force
Audio interview with Dr. Lorie Fridell with the University of South Florida.
Fla. Nursing Home Residents Given Risky Dementia Drugs
A usage rate that far surpasses state and national averages should be considered a red flag indicative of less-than-optimal care, but nursing homes that accept a large number of mentally ill residents could have a higher number, said Victor Molinari, a professor of aging at the University of South Florida.
San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies must justify every kick, punch, expert says
"They're going to have to justify, basically, each and every kick and pummel. And one thing I'm curious [about is] how those kicks that came late in the incident are going to be justified," Lorie Fridell, associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, told KPCC's Steve Julian on Friday.
MHLP Professor Receives
Roger Peters, PhD, will receive the "Partnership Award" at the National TASC conference held in St. Petersburg on May 4-6, 2015.
MHLP Receives Contract to Continue Support of Online VA Training
Colleen Clark, PhD, and Deborah Heller, MA, received a contract from the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (VA) for $41,641 to review, maintain, and update the Community Integration Specialist online training program.
Sarah's Run Benefiting the Bolesta Center
For the second consecutive year, long-time friends Sarah Gonzalez (age 12) and Julia Zager (age 11) dedicated themselves to raising money for those suffering from hearing loss so that others can receive the gift of hearing.
ABA Master's Program 8th Annual Poster Expo
The USF Applied Behavior Analysis Program will hold its 8th Annual Community Applications of Behavior Analysis Student Research Presentations and Alumni Reception on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 2:00 - 5:00pm in the USF Gibbons Alumni Center. Fifty students in the ABA master's program will present their research from practicum site work. Refreshments will be provided.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TAKES ACTION TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT...
Three of the department's contracted providers are universities, each with a different program for addressing sexual assault on their respective campuses. These programs include: ... The University of South Florida's "Bar Bystander Project."
This Daily Habit May Cause a Deadly Stroke
Drinking too much alcohol during your middle-age years can raise your future stroke risk, finds new research from the University of South Florida... When most people experience a stroke, they have the ischemic kind, which is due to clogged and blocked arteries, says study coauthor Ross Andel, Ph.D.
Cop Culture in the Crosshairs
Lorie Fridell, University of South Florida
100-year-old man increasingly suspicious of wife before slaying
Murder-suicides are on the rise among older people, Donna Cohen, a professor in the child and family studies department at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, said. Part of the reason is that older couples are living longer.
Autism fundraiser
...the university of south florida already making major strides for adults and children with autism there is a family friendly celebration, fiesta by the bay in ybor city.
National Guidelines for Dementia-Related Health Advocacy for Adults with Intellectual Disability and Dementia: The Importance of Advocacy for Dr. Elizabeth Perkins
As part of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG), Dr. Elizabeth Perkins, Research Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), USF's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has had a unique opportunity to help develop the NTG Guidelines for Dementia-Related Health Advocacy for Adults with Intellectual Disability and Dementia.
Longitudinal Study Finds Job Demands Can Affect Postretirement Memory
Andel, R., Infurna, F. J., Hahn Rickenbach, E. A., Crowe, M., Marchiondo, L., & Fisher, G. G. (2015). Job strain and trajectories of change in episodic memory before and after retirement: results from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204754 Available at http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/01/20/jech-2014-204754.long (may require subscription).
SAS Study Long-Term Impact of Stroke on Family Caregiver Well-Being Praised for Methodologic Rigor, Seen as Standard for Caregiver Studies
Haley, W. E., Roth, D. L., Hovater, M., & Clay, O. J. (2015). Long-term impact of stroke on family caregiver well-being: A population-based case-control study. Neurology, 84(13), 1323-1329. doi:10.1212/wnl.0000000000001418
FMHI Executive Director Dr. Mary Armstrong Provides Testimony before the Florida House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Children, Families and Seniors
Her testimony provided an overview of strengths, challenges, and recommendations for Florida’s mental health system of care.
Norwalk police being trained in fair and impartial policing
The project, which was directed by Dr. Lorie Fridell of the University of South Florida and Anna Laszio of Circle Solutions, Inc., will instill ways for officers to understand and effectively communicate to other officers that fair and impartial policing leads to effective policing.
USF Social Work Students Practice their Skills in Tallahassee
Over 50 University of South Florida BSW and MSW students were part of the over 800 social work students statewide who participated in the National Association of Social Workers - Florida 2015 Legislative Education and Advocacy Days in Tallahassee.
Social Work Associate Professor Receives Award
Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, received the President's Award for her commitment to leadership and training of doctoral students at the Florida Education Fund, 2015 McKnight Doctoral Mid-Year Research & Writing Conference on February 27, 2015.
MHLP Professor Serves As Guest Editor
Roger Peters, PhD, recently served as guest editor of a special section in the March 2015 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, entitled "Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Criminal Justice System".
Homicide-suicide among elderly flourishes amid misery of aging, despair
Donna Cohen, a professor at the University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies [sic], estimated that somewhere between 100 and 250 American seniors are parties in intimate partner murder-suicides every year.
Criminology Assistant Professor Keynote Speaker at Strong Voices/Strong Subjects
Joshua Cochran, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at Strong Voices/Strong Subjects April 3rd event, sponsored by Project 180 Reentry, which focuses on prisoner reentry.
CSD Doctoral Student Wins Research Awar
Stephanie Randall Watts from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders was selected as one of the winners of the USF 7th Annual Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Symposium
Social Work Society Aids Community
Coming to life again just three short years ago, the leaders of the Social Work Society, have made tremendous inroads into meeting the mission of their organization.
SAS Holds Careers in Aging Network Event
On March 18th, the School of Aging Studies held their yearly Careers in Aging Networking Event.
Tallahassee Police Undergo Anti-Bias Training
All this week, expert Lorie Fridell has been holding classes on fair and impartial policing. Fridell is a criminology professor at the University of South Florida and travels the country to conduct seminars on reducing police bias.
Advice for Colleges When Students Clash With Off-Campus Police
Communicating with local law-enforcement officials is primarily the responsibility of a college's own police force, though the office of student affairs may also be involved, says Max L. Bromley, director of the University of South Florida's master's program in criminal-justice administration and the institution's former associate director of public safety.
Amerigroup Specialized Programs Presented at Premiere Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference
Since 1988, the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida has been a leader in promoting improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. Each year the conference brings together more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates to share dialogue about important issues such as health, education and welfare, share new knowledge, and identify challenges that remain for the field.
Your Good News: Awards and Honors From Clubs & Organizations Around Polk
Recently, The Estates at Carpenters, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, hosted Jerri D. Edwards, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies, who provided seniors with information on the effectiveness of brain training among older adults.
Dr. Joshua Cochran Keynote Speaker at Strong Voices/Strong Subjects
Dr. Joshua Cochran, Criminology, will be the keynote speaker at Strong Voices/Strong Subjects April 3rd event, sponsored by Project 180 Reentry, which focuses on prisoner reentry. Dr. Cochran is the co-author of the recently published Sage monograph, entitled, "Prisoner reentry in the era of mass incaceration" with Dr. Daniel Mears.
MHLP Associate Professor Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Amber Gum, PhD, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award from the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Gum and her family will spend four months in Israel, from January through April, 2016.
Criminology Faculty Receive Awards
Bryanna Fox, PhD, received the Nigel Walker Prize from the University of Cambridge for the best PhD thesis in criminology submitted in 2013. Mike Leiber, PhD, was chosen as the recipient of the Becky Tatum Excellence Award at the Academy of Criminal Justice Association Meeting in Orlando. This award is in recognition of substantial contributions to criminal justice education and scholarship concerning ethnicity, race, and gender in criminology and criminal justice and is part of the Minorities and Women Section (MWS) of the ACJS.
Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Jumps In Best Graduate School Rankings
The Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling is proud to announce that their Master's program was ranked 24th on US News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. The program was ranked 30th in last year's rankings, marking a rise of 6 places.
SW Students Train for Advocacy Event
Director of Government Affairs & Special Projects Johanna Byrd, MSW, ACSW led a legislative advocacy workshop for undergraduate and graduate students on February 27.
Dr. Karen Berkman and CARD/USF Profiled on the Philanthropy Show
A Tampa Bay mother and adult son share how their lives changed the day he was diagnosed with autism and their experiences growing up with autism on the The Philanthropy Show (TM). Karen Berkman, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities was a special guest on the show and shared resources for families of autism.
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.

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