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November 5th, 2015 Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Glen Dunlap Presents Perspectives on Challenging Behavior: Past, Present and Future
Formerly a professor with the University of South Florida and the Department of Child & Family Studies, Dr. Glen Dunlap is internationally recognized for his contributions to science in the areas of applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, early intervention, developmental disabilities and family support. His legacy at USF includes establishing the first Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and providing leadership in the development of numerous research, training, and technical assistance projects.
October 30th: Mental Health, Guns & Violence Colloquium
The colloquium will provide current research-based information regarding the intersections between individuals with mental health problems, the use of guns, and violent acts.
MHLP Faculty to Consult on NICHD R21
Celia Lescano, PhD, and Kathy Moore, PhD, both Research Associate Professors in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, are consultants on a newly-funded R21 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) entitled, "Juvenile Court Approaches to Reduce Reproductive Health Disparities."
MHLP Faculty Research Associate Spotlighted
Mark Englehardt, MSW, is the current Global Faculty/Staff Spotlight on the Global Citizens Project website. Englehardt leads a USF Study Abroad Program to Ireland: Global Social Policy, Planning, and Practices : Solutions to Homelessness in the U.S. and Ireland.
Invisible caregivers
In one study, Donna Cohen, PhD, a professor in the department of child and family studies at the University of South Florida, found that young caregivers reported a significantly higher incidence of anxiety or stress symptoms (Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 2012).
How Could Two 'Nice Kids' Try to Kill Their Parents?
About 250 mothers and fathers are victims of parricide every year - in other words, they are murdered by their children, Kathleen C. Heide, professor of criminology at the University of South Florida and author of Understanding Parricide, tells Yahoo Parenting.
Aging Studies Associate Professor to Consult in Slovenia
Debra Dobbs, PhD, received funding from the Republic of Slovenia for a Cooperative International grant as a partner with researchers from the Mediterranean Institute For Advanced Studies (MEDIFAS), housed in the Primorska Technology Park on the border between Slovenia and Italy. The Principal Investigator from MEDIFAS from Slovenia is Dr. Marija Bogataj, Professor of Operations of Research and Statistics at the University of Ljubljana, and a founding member of MEDIFAS. Dr. Dobbs will be traveling to Portoroz, Slovenia this month to present some of her research to the scientific community and consult on the project. The objective of this project is to introduce the model for planning of long-term care services and housing for older adults in Slovenia, based on a multiple decrement model.
Moving Targets
Professor Lori Fridell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida, said the incident highlighted the "potential jeopardy" to which bystanders could be exposed when police shoot the driver of a moving vehicle - even one that is just rolling away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CBCS Reorganization Announcement
The College of Behavioral & Community Sciences (CBCS) is pleased to announce that the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) will become a program in the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) effective May 1, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
CBCS Students Win Award for Dozier School for Boys Genealogy Research Project
Undergraduate students Nina Dearwater, School of Aging Studies, and Kacey Renfroe, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, received an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award at the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. Their award-wining presentation described the genealogical research they conducted to identify relatives of boys who died at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
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....
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. This year’s recipients stand out from the crowd as exemplary students with established track records in research and plans to follow research-related careers in their fields.
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.
The Impact of Deployment on Military Children’s Mental Health: Dealing with Grief and Anxiety
Dr. Alison Salloum on the Importance of Appropriate Interventions
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. In March, the girls and their families participated in a 5K “Color Me Rad” run to raise money for the Bolesta Center at USF. A part of the CBCS Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the Bolesta Center is dedicated to teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing to learn to listen and speak.
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.
Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Brazilian Perspective
CSD Faculty and students traveled to the The School of Dentistry has close ties with the Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies at the University of São Paulo, Brazil over USF's Spring Break. The students observed the operations of the cleft palate program, from the initial visit of babies and their families, surgical treatment, to intensive speech therapy. They attended lectures and grand rounds by the health care team, including speech-language pathologists, audiologists, plastic surgeons, dentists, social workers, and psychologists. They were also able to observe the operations of the Cochlear Implant program, CI mapping, hearing aid fittings, the after-school auditory rehabilitation program, and the audiology telehealth services. A service learning project component to the course allowed the students to work with clients and Brazilian students in the Speech Pathology and Audiology program.
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
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anti-bullying Efforts Bring Blindside Star Quinton Aaron to CFS
Quinton Aaron, who quickly rose to fame after his first lead role in the 2009 movie The Blind Side, recently visited CFS as part of his efforts to put a stop to bullying.
MSW Student Shares Experience/Advice to Students Considering Studying Abroad
Chris Koester was recently interviewed by Bulls in Asia about his experiences as part of the Northeast Himalayas in India study abroad trip.
MHLP Assistant Professor to Present Workshop for National Healthy Start Organization
Carla Stover, PhD, has been invited by the National Healthy Start Organization to present a workshop entitled "Intervention for Fathers with Histories of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Abuse." at their Fatherhood and the Health and Wellness of Boys and Men pre-conference event.
Black History/Civil Rights Era Hits
Bay News 9 has been airing a story about the property of Dr. Robert Swain in St Petersburg as part of Black History Month.
Pill that could stop both hearing loss and tinnitus is now being tested
Meanwhile, 100 patients with age-related hearing loss are taking part in a trial at the University of South Florida and other centres in the U.S. where they will take three capsules of AUT00063 or a placebo for four weeks.
St. Petersburg police holding off on body cameras, for now
USF Professor Wesley Jennings is also studying how effective body cameras are by monitoring Orlando, Pasco and Tampa.
Teaching Ferguson: How police are learning about fair actions, public perceptions
Lorie Fridell, who led those efforts for the Washington think tank, now is an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. She trains police departments across the country to practice "fair and impartial policing," which is different from the diversity training that police departments routinely provide.
Criminology Faculty and Students to be Recognized at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Meeting
Bryanna Fox and Wesley Jennings will present "How to write a methodology and results section for empirical research" in a special poster session at the ACJS on Friday night, March 6th. This was the lead article in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Volume 25, Issue 2, 2014 and was officially recognized as one of the most downloaded Routledge Social Science articles of 2014.
USF research team receives $400,000 to test new drug for treating age-related hearing loss
A successful treatment for age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is a step closer to reality, thanks to a group of researchers from the University of South Florida. The research team comprised of faculty and students has been awarded $400,000 by Autifony Therapeutics, Ltd, a company based in the United Kingdom, to test a new drug the company developed for ARHL.
'Everyone's a little bit racist'? Here's something cops can do about it
"She surprised everybody, nobody believed she could sing, and that was people making judgments about her, likely with implicit biases," said Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. Fridell and her colleagues have developed the Fair and Impartial Policing Program, and it's far more than just Susan Boyle videos. It has backing from the Department of Justice, and it presents cops with the overwhelming scientific evidence showing how bias is found even in well-intentioned people.
Application Deadline for Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium Approaches
On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Office for Undergraduate Research will host the OUR Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. The event will be held in the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom and conference rooms) and will provide a venue for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their current research and receive feedback from research mentors and peers. To participate in the colloquium you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing enrolled in coursework during the 2014-15 academic year and have a research mentor. The deadline for applying is Sunday, March 1, 2015. See the OUR website for more information.
The FBI director just quoted from Avenue Q's 'Everyone's a Little Bit Racist.' That's huge.
Lorie Fridell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida, helps law enforcement agencies train their officers to overcome their biases. She said that her group, Fair and Impartial Policing, has received several times as many inquiries since Brown's death as before.
MHLP Assistant Professor Participates in Trauma Therapist Podcast
Carla Stover, PhD, was recently interviewed as a part of the West Coast Trauma Project's Master Trauma Therapist Podcast. The project is dedicated to helping trauma clinicians engage more effectively and deeply with their clients by sharing trauma information and materials, building community, and coaching therapists to (re)discover their own reason for this profession.
Social Work Society Officers Attend Leadership Summit
The officers of the Social Work Society recently attended the National Association of Social Workers Student Leadership Summit in Orlando.
Social Work Society and BRIDGE Clinic Raise Funds for Patients
The Social Work Society has partnered with the BRIDGE Clinic's social workers to raise money for bus passes that will be provided to patients that are in need of transportation.
A Three-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Shot Both His Parents with One Bullet
"Children can recite what to do if they find a gun," Professor Raymond Miltenberger, a behavioral analyst at the University of South Florida in Tampa, told Parents Magazine in 2013. "[But they] still do the wrong thing when it counts."
Garden City police chief speaks out about 'fair and impartial policing'
Those efforts will expand as Lori Fridell, an associate criminology professor at the University of South Florida, will also put police leaders, and some community members, through the training.
RMHC Assistant Professor Receives VA Funding
Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC, CVE, CLCP, was awarded New IPA 1/15/2015-9/30/2015 in the amount of $13,466. Funding for this research is from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health. The title of the Project is "Community-Based Agricultural Initiatives for Transitioning Rural Veterans".
RMHC Faculty Accept Journal Posts
Tammy Jorgensen Smith, PhD, CRC has been invited to continue her service on the Journal of Rehabilitation Editorial Board for another three years.
MSW Student Named Student Social Worker of the Year
First year MSW student, Karen Lukaszewicz, has been named "Student Social Worker of the Year" by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
School-wide prevention program lowers teen suicide risk
U.S. schools offer several programs that focus on suicide prevention, he said, and the University of South Florida publishes a booklet full of resources on effective school-based suicide prevention called The Guide.
Kessler Foundation Grants $339,000 to Improve Employment and Independence in Civilians and Veterans with Brain Injury
Throughout the Demonstration Project, ServiceSource will share its best practices with the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, University of South Florida, Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling, Brain Injury Association of Florida, Brain and Spinal Cord Program and Synapse House, a Tampa Bay-area Clubhouse.
Body cameras: are they a good fit for all?
"An officer might go by a restaurant and the owner says: 'Come on in; here's a free meal.' And the officer goes ahead and pays for his meal, because the camera is on," says Wesley Jennings, a University of South Florida professor. "Overall, you're more inclined to behave by the book in all times and places."
Bar Training for Active Bystanders (BarTAB) Combating Problem of Alcohol Consumption and Sexual Violence
Funded by the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control, Ráchael Powers, PhD, is developing, implementing, and evaluating a bystander program for Florida bartenders - BarTAB: Bar Training for Active Bystanders.
Program Wide Positive Behavior Support (PWPBS) Announces New Sites
The Children's Academy in Brandon, the Children's Nest Day School in Temple Terrace, Seminole Heights United Methodist Preschool, and the St. Peter Claver Catholic School became the latest sites of the Program Wide Positive Behavior Support.
State Attorney Jerry Hill Tells Law Enforcement Agencies to Move Slowly on Body Camera Issue
Giddens and Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird said they are paying close attention to a study conducted by University of South Florida's Department of Criminology on Orlando police officers.
RMHC Adjunct Professors' "Survivor Seat" Gives Voice to Those Silenced by Sexual Violence
For the 12th year, The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's signature fundraiser, the Cup of Compassion breakfast, will bring community leaders and supporters together for a life-changing event in support of help, hope and healing for those in our community facing serious life challenges.
New Clinical Trial Grant Awarded to USF Inter-Collegiate Team
An innovative team of researchers and clinicians at the University of South Florida have just been awarded a $400,000, year-long Clinical Trial grant to test the first drug in the world to advance to Phase 2 Clinical Trials for treating age-related hearing loss. Lead by Robert Frisina, PhD (CSD), this Clinical Trial is organized and funded by a company in England called Autifony Therapeutics Limited (www.autifonytherapeutics.com ), and they have designated USF as the Lead Clinical Trial site for this FDA Phase 2 Trial. The primary goal of this proposal is to investigate the potential therapeutic roles of modulating the action of voltage-gated potassium channels in the brain for mitigating key elements of presbycusis, such as improved speech-in-noise recognition and processing.
CFS Summer of Grants
During summer 2014, the Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) submitted 21 grant applications. Ten have received funding including.
Social Work Faculty Awarded USF World Faculty Mobility Grants
Manisha Joshi, MSW, PhD, and Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, LCSW, were both awarded a USF World Faculty Mobility Grant 2014-2015 to advance their work on cultural practices-health interface (e.g., birth practices, end-of-life issues) related to the Idu Mishmi indigenous community in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India
CLC Hub Library: Resources for Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities
The Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) at the University of South Florida, in partnership with the Center for Community Learning, Inc. is the Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC) Hub of the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network).
Sparks fly over Pasco body camera decision
The University of South Florida is studying the limited deployment of body cameras in Orlando. Its study will conclude in March. USF will also keep track of violence and complaints involving Tampa police when TPD deploys body cameras.
14-year-old with 14 prior arrests caught with loaded gun
USF criminal justice professor Dr. Kathleen Heide says almost all kids can be helped, but they have to have meaningful treatment. it has to be extensive. in many cases, unfortunately, we don't have in this state of florida programs that really get at the needs of the child and that are long enough duration to really help them.
Criminology Associate Professor Talks about Police Cameras
Wesley Jennings, PhD, was recently interviewed by Carson Chambers of ABC Action News about the one-year pilot program between with the Tampa Police Department. Starting this February, 60 Tampa police officers will be utilizing body cameras in certain confrontational situations. The expectation from the program is that the use of force and external complaints will go down as a result of the cameras.
MHLP Professor Goes "Beyond the Numbers" in an Interview on Veteran Suicides
Larry Schonfeld, PhD, was recently interviewed by WUSF's Bobbie O'Brien about veteran suicide research. Though the VA claims an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day, most of these are elderly vets who did not see combat. Dr. Schonfeld states that it can be difficult to gather data on veteran suicide and that it's important to find the reasons behind veteran suicide so effective treatment and prevention programs can be developed.
MHLP Associate Professor a Herald of Harmony
Paul Stiles, JD, PhD, recently performed with the Tampa Heralds of Harmony during their 17th annual Holiday show held at the USF School of Music. The group is a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society and is composed of men who share the enjoyment of singing. Unaccompanied by instruments, barbershop music is a unique American art form with four-part close harmonies. The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony have been entertaining audiences in the barbershop quartet style of music for 67 years. The group will be competing at the International Barbershop Convention in July 2015.
Prescription Drug Abuse: Does Urban Differ From Rural?
In the study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from the University of South Florida (Khary Rigg, PhD, MHLP) and Penn State University used information drawn from two years of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2011 and 2012) to determine how often adults residing in urban areas and adults residing in rural areas abuse a prescription medication.
Police Altering Tactics After Killings, Protests
Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida who operates a police training business, said she has received nearly two requests a day from chiefs since protests erupted over the August shooting in Ferguson.
Police altering tactics after killings, protests
Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida who operates a police training business, said she has received nearly two requests a day from chiefs since protests erupted over the August shooting in Ferguson.
In the future, will everyone be wearing body cameras?
"An officer might go by a restaurant and the owner says, 'Come on in; here's a free meal.' And the officer goes ahead and pays for his meal, because the camera is on," says Wesley Jennings, a University of South Florida professor who is studying the effect of body cameras in the Orlando and Tampa police departments. "Overall, you're more inclined to behave by the book in all times and places."
Killing of parent is rare but represents rage, experts say
Between 1976 and 1999, there were 5,558 parricide-related offenders - an average of about 241 annually, according to the study, authored by Kathleen M. Heide of the University of South Florida...
SLED to investigate tasing of autistic man
Miller said he contacted Dr. Lorie Fridell, a professor at University of South Florida, several weeks ago about providing local police training. Fridell conducted workshops on bias in policing while he was chief in Greensboro, he said, and is scheduled to conduct "train the trainer" workshops in February.
PolitiFact: Are deaths from police shootings at a 20-year high?
Phone interview with Lorie Fridell, a professor at the University of South Florida Department of Criminology, Dec. 2, 2014
Most Americans Say Police Officers Should Be Required to Wear Video Cameras: Polls
In any case, departments across the country are experimenting or planning to experiment with the cameras, including the Miami police department with the help of the University of South Florida...

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