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Two CBCS Faculty Earn Prestigious National Scientific Honor

Two CBCS Faculty Earn Prestigious National Scientific Honor

Drs. Michelle Bourgeois in Communication Sciences, and Julie Serovich, Dean of the College, have been named new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). USF announced the honor last week. They are part of a group of nine faculty from USF that brings the total number of USF AAAS Fellows to 73.

Dr. Michelle Bourgeoiswas elected AAAS Fellow in the Psychology Section for distinguished contributions to the field of cognitive communication disorders, particularly for pioneering research and development of therapies for dementia patients and their caregivers. Dr. Bourgeois has made significant advancements investigating behavioral treatments for persons with neurogenic cognitive-communication disorders (i.e., dementia, TBI, MCI) as well as training for their caregivers. She was one of the first to discover that aging people with memory and cognition impairment do not lose their ability to read or communicate entirely.

Dr. Julie Serovichwas elected AAAS Fellow in the Medical Sciences Section for distinguished contributions to the medical sciences, particularly for the discovery and development of interventions to reduce the spread of HIV. Dr. Serovich's groundbreaking research examined the relationship between HIV disclosure and the sexual and mental health of HIV-positive individuals. She discovered that issues of disclosure for those living with HIV are different by gender, and revealed links between an HIV-positive individual's disclosure of their status and subsequent psychological and behavioral changes.

Congratulations to both on this incredible honor. Read the full story for all 9 USF faculty.