Two BCS Professors Receive USF New Researcher Grant Awards

Dr. Eva Kimonis, assistant professor of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy and Dr. Nan Sook Park, assistant professor of the School of Social Work were awarded 2010-2011 USF New Researcher Grants.

Since 2002, the USF Internal Awards Program has provided over 171 new researchers $1.3 million in funding to implement research proposals. The Internal Awards Program is designed to foster excellence in research and scholarship by faculty and support activities aimed at securing extramural funding.

“I’m proud of Dr. Kimonis and Dr. Park for receiving USF New Researcher Grants,” said Dr. Junius Gonzales, dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. “This will enable them to further their young research careers and continue the college’s commitment towards research.”

Dr. Eva Kimonis received the award to implement her study entitled Subtypes of Callous-Unemotional (CU) Traits in Maltreated Youth. She will focus her study on whether there are two types of callous unemotional traits (lack of empathy, guilt) in maltreated youth, each with divergent patterns of emotional processing.

Dr. Park received the award to implement her study titled Social Relations of African American and Hispanic Older Adults: Implications for Well-Being in Assisted Living. She will explore how African American and Hispanic older residents make social and emotional connections to people and the community in assisted living settings.

Established in 2008, the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral & Community Sciences (BCS) re-aligned existing schools and departments in related disciplines to achieve the University of South Florida’s strategic goals for becoming a top research university with local to global impact. BCS provides intensive, practical, state-of-the-art and rigorous educational experiences for students. Graduates are well prepared to enter diverse behavioral, health and social care sectors, thus providing the highest quality of community services possible. BCS focuses on developing and implementing innovative solutions to the complex conditions and behaviors that affect the well-being of people and their communities.