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Twenty-two New Faculty Join USF/CBCS

USF's College of Behavioral and Community Studies would like to welcome 19 new faculty members and three visiting instructors. These individuals come from different backgrounds and places, bringing to USF a variety of experiences, interests and knowledge.

Professors:

Howard Goldstein, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

Howard Goldstein is originally from California, but most recently lived in Ohio and worked at The Ohio State University. He received his PhD in Developmental Psychology and Mental Retardation Research from Vanderbilt University in 1980. His research focuses on early intervention with children with or at-risk for developmental disabilities, focusing on communication, social and literacy skills. Goldstein felt coming to USF was a great opportunity to enrich the university’s contributions to science and the local community. Goldstein is very excited to not have any snow days. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, listening to music and golfing.

Michelle Bourgeois, PhD

Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Michelle Bourgeois was raised around the world as a self-proclaimed Army brat. She is most recently from Columbus, Ohio, where she worked at The Ohio State University. Bourgeois received her PhD in Communication Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988. Her research focuses on developing effective interventions for persons with neurological impairments and their caregivers in order to improve their communicative interactions and quality of life. She was very impressed with USF’s productive faculty and dynamic programs. Bourgeois is excited to move to Tampa for the cultural opportunities and the weather. In her spare time, she likes to read and walk her dog.

Marilyn Stern, PhD

Professor, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Marilyn Stern was born and raised in New York City. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Buffalo in 1984, and did a post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology as Roswell Park Center Institute. Most recently she was working at Virginia Commonwealth University. Stern’s primary interests are in pediatric psychosocial oncology, specifically adolescents with cancer, communication and transition to survivorship, and developing interventions to reduce childhood and adolescent obesity and the vulnerable child syndrome. She looks forward to working with All Children’s Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center on her research. She enjoys traveling, snorkeling and spending time with her many family members in the area.

Assistant Professors:

Michael Barker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Michael Barker is from Atlanta, Georgia. He received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from Georgia State University. Most recently, Barker worked at the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on language and reading skills in children with significant developmental disabilities. He decided to come to USF because he felt his research would be a great fit with the interests of other faculty. Barker is an avid runner and self-described computer nerd. He is very excited to experience the diversity of Tampa, as well as the weather, which reminds him of home.

Sarah Bloom, PhD

Assistant Professor, Child and Family Studies

Sarah Bloom is from California and Washington State. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2008. Her research focuses on applied behavior analysis. Most recently, Bloom worked at Utah State University. She is thrilled to be back in Florida because the state is full of opportunities for applied behavior analysis. She is also excited to be a part of a diverse community and being in a lush environment. She plans on exploring all the pet-friendly activities in the area with her two dogs.

Joshua Cochran, PhD

Assistant Professor, Criminology

Joshua Cochran is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. He recently completed his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. His research focuses on theories of crime and deviance, punishment, punishment experiences and prisoner reentry. Cochran feels USF is a great place to engage in exciting teaching, research and professional development. He is excited to be close to the water and to have access to lots of outdoor activities. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, fishing, sports, going to the beach and playing board games.

Kyaien Conner, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mental Health Law and Policy

Kyaien Conner was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Portland, Oregon. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008, also where she most recently worked in the School of Medicine. Her research focuses on mitigating the impact of disparities in mental health service utilization, access and treatment facing African American elders. Conner is very excited to expand her research to a larger and more diverse population at USF. She is also excited for her two young sons to experience the Florida weather.

Bryanna Hahn Fox, PhD

Assistant Professor, Criminology

Bryanna Hahn Fox was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in England. Her previous positions were at the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Behavioral Science Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Fox’s research focuses on forensic issues in criminology and psychology, including offender profiling, crime analysis methods, and developmental risk factors for offending, psychopathy and criminal behaviors. Fox is excited to join USF because it has one of the top ranked criminology programs in the nation, and also because of the dedicated and accomplished faculty. She plans on enjoying her new kayak in her spare time.

Alyssa Gamaldo, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Aging Studies

Alyssa Gamaldo is from Ellicott City, Maryland. She received her PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University. Gamaldo was an intramural research post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute on Aging for the last four years. Her research focuses on exploring determinants of cognitive functioning in older adults. She is very excited to work in an interdisciplinary program at USF. She and her family are very excited about experiencing the variety of attractions in and around the Tampa Bay area. She enjoys cooking, playing games and going to museums and theatre performances in her spare time.

Khary Rigg, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mental Health Law and Policy

Khary Rigg has lived in Miami, Florida for over 30 years, however the past year he lived in Philadelphia while he finished up his post-doctoral fellowship. He completed his PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Miami in 2012. Rigg’s research focuses on understanding, preventing and treating prescription drug abuse, and improving the efficacy of HIV prevention and treatment interventions for African Americans and other minority groups. He chose to come to USF because he wanted to be part of the vibrant interdisciplinary research community in the college. Rigg is very excited to be closer to his Florida family again.

Andrew Samaha, PhD

Assistant Professor, Child and Family Studies

Andrea Samaha is originally from Tampa, Florida but most recently lived in Logan, Utah, working at Utah State University. He completed his PhD in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2008. Samaha’s research focuses on assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and early intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with autism. He decided to join USF because of the university’s commitment to supporting the training of bachelor, master and doctorial level behavior analysis. Samaha is glad to be living in Florida because, unlike Utah, state laws support insurance reimbursement for behavior analytic services, such as early intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with autism.

Stacey Scott, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mental Health Law and Policy

Stacey Scott is from Muscoda, Wisconsin. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Scott previously worked at Penn State University. Her research focuses on stress and emotional experience across the lifespan. She was impressed with USF, especially the School of Aging Studies. She couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with faculty and students doing such interesting work. Scott is very excited to be close to the beach, and enjoys hiking, traveling and trying new restaurants in her spare time.

Carla Stover, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mental Health Law and Policy

Carla Stover grew up in Presque Isle, Maine. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Alliant International University San Francisco. She lived in New Haven, Connecticut working at the Yale University School of Medicine for the last 12 years. Her research focuses on etiology of intimate partner violence and intervention for families impacted. Stover felt her research and interests were a good fit for USF. She is mostly excited about the Florida weather and attending the Rays vs. Red Sox baseball games.

Instructors:

Michelle Arnold, AuD, CCC-A

Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Michelle Arnold is from Sarasota, Florida. She previously worked as an adjunct instructor at USF in 2011, and at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital. Arnold received her AuD in 2010 from the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on adult aural rehabilitation and hearing aid technology. She decided to come to USF because in her past experience she enjoyed working in the university environment, where she can collaborate with other professionals. Arnold enjoys manatee spotting at Crystal River Springs, and trying new restaurants with her many relatives in the area.

Kyna Betancourt, PhD in progress

Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kyna Betancourt grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She is transferring from USF Sarasota and will be receiving her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida in December. Betancourt’s research focuses on bilingual word learning in children. Her love for USF and teaching undergraduates is what brings her to USF. She is excited to be closer to her family in the area. In her spare time she is preparing for the birth of her first child.

Kristi Buckley, PhD

Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kristi Buckley is originally from Dallas, Texas, but she has spent the last five years in Buffalo, New York, most recently at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Buckley received her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008 from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on cortical processing in individuals with hearing impairment, in particular children and individuals with cochlear implants. She is excited to work with a dynamic, growing group of collaborative scientists and clinicians at USF. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and scuba diving.

Amy Davis, MS, CCC-SLP

Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Amy Davis was born and raised in Hudson, Florida and previously worked at The District School Board of Pasco County in New Port Richey. She received her MS in Speech Language Pathology from Gallaudet University. She is coming to USF to further her career at the university level. Davis is most excited about being close to her family again, while also pursuing her career. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and two small children, reading and traveling.

Aleisha Linck, MS, CCC-SLP

Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Aleisha Linck is originally from Michigan, but moved to St. Petersburg when she was seven, and she has lived in Tampa since 1994. She previously ran a large private therapy practice in the area. Linck completed both her BA and MA degrees at the University of South Florida. She decided to come to USF because she has always loved working with students, and she was seeking a career change. She is extremely passionate about working with children. Linck has a lot of family in the area and spends most her free time with them, as well at outdoors, boating, fishing and going to the beach.

Kathleen Sills, MS, CCC-SLP

Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kathleen Sills is originally from Buffalo, New York but has lived in Tampa since 1981. She has been at USF as a visiting clinical instructor since 2010. She received her BA in Aural Rehabilitation in 1985, and MS in Speech-Language Pathology in 2001 from the University of South Florida. Her areas of expertise include aural habilitation and deaf education, early intervention, school age language and autism. Sills came here to further her knowledge and skills, and to provide supervision and mentorship to future speech-language pathologists. She enjoys reading, traveling, going to the beach and playing with her pets.

Visiting Instructors:

Our new visiting instructors include Denise Gray, CSD; Devon Weist, CSD; and Sylvia Power, School of Social Work.