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Two CBCS Faculty Named New AAAS Fellows

Congratulations to Dr. Howard Goldstein, CSD and Dr. Ray Miltenberger, CFS for earning one of academia's highest honors.

Howard Goldstein, PhD is a Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Associate Dean for Research at the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Dr. Goldstein has made foundational advancements over the past several decades in the field of language development in individuals, especially children, with developmental disabilities. His research has produced models of early intervention that serve as a basis for inclusive education practices which have led to greatly improved social outcomes and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. For example, he pioneered ways to help adults and children with intellectual disabilities to produce generative language. He also developed interventions to improve social communication among children with autism and other communication disorders, notably the "Stay-Play-Talk" strategy, which due to its replicability and effectiveness is now actively employed in early childhood settings nationwide to help children with a range of communication abilities and children with a variety of developmental disabilities. He has published more than 150 papers and several books helping guide teachers. He has served in leadership roles and on study sections for the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the U.S. Department of Education. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, recipient of Phi Delta Kappa Research in Education Award, and William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund, among other honors. He earned his BA from the University of California-Santa Barbara, MS from the University of Washington, and PhD from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Raymond G. Miltenberger, PhD is a Professor and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program in the Department of Child and Family Studies at USF's College of Behavioral & Community Sciences. Dr. Miltenberger developed and validated in situ assessment - a scientific approach to data-based decision making, especially in the analysis of children's responses to safety threats. Dr. Miltenberger first applied this assessment method to evaluate safety skills specifically for abduction prevention and sexual abuse prevention, and subsequently developed an innovative training program to teach children skills to avoid these types of threats. He went on to conduct groundbreaking research regarding children and guns - showing that without proper safety training, most children will play with firearms they discover, and demonstrating effective interventions to teach skills to keep them safe. Over the past 15 years, his in situ training method continues to be the best practice as it ultimately empowers children to make safe choices in life and death situations. Dr. Miltenberger also conducted pioneering research in functional assessment - a comprehensive approach for understanding environmental factors which may contribute to problem behaviors in adults and children, such as binge eating and compulsive buying, among others. He demonstrated that gathering this information is critical to developing effective interventions, and this assessment method has again become best practice in the field. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and recipient of the American Psychological Association's Behavior Analysis Section Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research, among other honors. He earned his BA from Wabash College, and his MA and PhD from Western Michigan University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at The John F. Kennedy Institute, Division of Behavioral Psychology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.