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Dr. Therese Sandomierski to Receive the Association for Positive Behavior Support's 2018 Ted Carr Early Career Practitioner Award
Congratulations to CFS's Dr. Therese Sandomierski, who has been selected by the Association for Positive Behavior Support to receive the 2018 Ted Carr Early Career Practitioner Award.
Dr. Kathleen Moore to Receive Five Year Award to Evaluate the Hillsborough County Family Dependency Treatment Court
Hillsborough County's 13th Judicial Circuit Court received a SAMHSA drug court award of $2.1 million for five years in partnership with the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO) and the University of South Florida's Dept. of Mental Health Law and Policy.
The School of Social Work Hosted Fundraiser to Build Student Scholarship Fund
The School of Social Work recently hosted a very successful Scholarship Breakfast Fundraiser.
Tampa sign language interpreter incident prompts calls for change
"There are some things that she signed accurately, but most of the time it just looked like she was singing, but not using actual signing," said USF American Sign Language Professor Rachelle Settambrino. "When she was spelling words out she wasn't spelling anything at all."
Phony sign language interpreter used at Seminole Heights killer arrest press conference
"Most of the time it just looked like she was signing but not using actual signs," said USF professor Rachelle Settambrino. "When she was spelling words out, she wasn't spelling anything at all. They were just gibberish more than anything."
Interpreter delivered confusion at Seminole Heights news conference
..."Most of the time it just looked like she was signing but not using actual signs," said USF professor Rachelle Settambrino...
Tampa sign-language interpreter criticized for performance at police press conference
... Rachelle Settambrino, who teaches sign language at the University of South Florida, says interpreter Derlyn Roberts signed the following:..
Dr. Bryanna Fox Receives Early Career Award
Dr. Bryanna Fox was the recipient of the 2017 Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. Dr. Fox received this award for making a significant contribution to scholarship knowledge on developmental and life course criminology during her early career. She received the award at the annual meeting in Philadelphia earlier this month. Congratulations on this outstanding recognition!
Dr. Khary Rigg Selected to Attend Drug Policy Alliance Convening
Khary Rigg, PhD, was recently selected by the Drug Policy Alliance to participate in "Unbounded Knowledge," a 2-day invitation only convening in Washington DC on December 7th-8th.
Police arrest suspected serial killer in Tampa
... Former FBI profiler and criminology professor at the University of South Florida Dr. Bryanna Fox joined CBSN to discuss the case...
Friends stunned by arrest of suspected serial killer in Seminole Heights
...Bryanna Fox, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida, said it's possible Donaldson was feeling the pressure from the police dragnet and was just looking for relief. Or he simply made a mistake...
Walking While Black
...Ojmarrh Mitchell, an associate professor in criminology at the University of South Florida, said the sheriff's office's claim that stopping...
Reward increases in Seminole Heights killings
...Dr. bryanna fox, a USF criminology professor, says tuesday's killing in the early morning shows the killer may adapt...
Chronic Pain Sufferers Say Gov. Rick Scott's Three-Day Opioid Limit Would Be a Disaster
...Dr. Khary Rigg, a health policy professor at the University of South Florida, agrees...
CBCS Faculty Receive Global Achievement Awards
Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, and Roger Peters, PhD, Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy both received a Certificate of Global Achievement on November 7, 2017 at the Global Achievement Awards breakfast hosted by USF World. Dr. Carrion received the award for introducing students in social work to global social issues by engaging them in impactful experiences in Spain during a structured experiential learning study abroad program. Dr. Carrion also co-leads an education study abroad program to Northeast India. Dr. Peters also received a Fulbright medal at the ceremony, for completion of a Fulbright Specialist project in Paraguay in August 2017. This was the second Fulbright award received by Dr. Peters in the past three years.
Social Work Students and Graduate Present at the American Public Health Association Conference in Atlanta
USF Master of Social Work students Amaya "Alex" Ramos and Joshua Zaris Goldman, and recent MSW graduate Sara Rhode, presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference in Atlanta earlier this month.
FMHI Celebrates 43rd Anniversary
On the evening of Friday, November 3rd, the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute celebrated its 43rd anniversary by honoring the legacy of Senator de la Parte who was indeed "An extraordinary public servant and a champion for those without a voice".
Seminole Heights Killer: Developing A Profile
Seminole Heights Killer: Developing A Profile
Police Have Several Leads After Fourth Person Killed In Unsolved Tampa Shootings
Police Have Several Leads After Fourth Person Killed In Unsolved Tampa Shootings
Police: Killer knows quiet Tampa neighborhood where 4 slain
Police: Killer knows quiet Tampa neighborhood where 4 slain
IMPD offers implicit bias training session for the public
IMPD offers implicit bias training session for the public
Ex-FBI agent experiment: Would you be a good witness if you saw a crime?
Ex-FBI agent experiment: Would you be a good witness if you saw a crime?
Faculty Member Represents CBCS at International Events
Roger Peters, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy participated in an expert consultant meeting hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on "Treatment and Care of People with Drug Use Disorders in Contact with the Criminal Justice System: Alternatives to Conviction or Punishment", convened in October 2017 at the UN's Vienna International Centre.
CSD Celebrates 50th Anniversary
On October 17th, the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders celebrated their 50thanniversary with a reception and awards ceremony.
First Cohort of PhD Program Enrolled
Eleven students constituting the first cohort of students in the PhD program in Behavioral and Community Sciences are enrolled in Dr. Kyaien Conner's Community Based Participatory Research and Evaluation course.
Dr. David Eddins, CBCS Faculty Member, Achieves USF Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award
David Eddins, PhD, CCC-A, Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Auditory and Speech Sciences Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research, received the USF Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award on October 23rd at the Annual Luncheon to honor the award recipients.
MACJA Scholarship Luncheon
On Friday, October 27th the Department of Criminology hosted the MACJA Scholarship Luncheon at Top of the Palms Restaurant in the USF Marshall Student Center. The department acknowledged the generosity of its MACJA supporters and provided an opportunity for MACJA scholarship recipients to express their gratitude to our supporters.
App-based Security Systems Convenient, but Can Put Owners at Risk
..."It takes a few steps but it's getting easier and easier to do it," says George Burrus who is an associate professor in Criminology at USF....
Former FBI Agent, USF Professor Says Seminole Heights Murderer is a Serial Killer
...Dr. Bryanna Fox has consulted with nearly a dozen federal and local law enforcement agencies and calls the case unusual...
Nursing Homes Struggled with Hurricane Evacuations
...officer and president of the association. Kathryn Hyer, the director of the University of South Florida s Center on Aging, said a study she co-authored...
Florida Serial Killer Theories Emerge in Search for Suspect
...continued. Bryanna Fox, a former FBI agent and assistant professor at the University of South Florida, told WFLA-TV that while she also believes a...
DOJ Terminates Parts of Shelby County Juvenile Court Agreement, Oversight to Continue
...minority contact, wrote Michael Leiber, a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, in his latest report. However, "this ownership...
3 killings in Tampa frighten residents and perplex the police
...Bryanna Fox, a former special agent at the F.B.I. who now works as an assistant professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, said in a phone interview on Tuesday that there was "very clear evidence that it's a serial killer...
Dr. Kathryn Hyer Serves as Congressional Panelist on Improving Nursing Homes' Emergency Preparedness and Respons
Dr. Hyer, Professor and Director at the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, served as a panelist at the congressional field hearing on improving nursing homes' emergency preparedness and response. This took place at the Miami-Dade College North Conference Center. Hyer provided a witness statement and has also been covered across multiple media platforms since Hurricane Irma.
Search For A Killer
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Seminole Heights Killer: Tampa Neighborhood On Edge After 3 Killings in 2 Weeks
Bryanna Fox, a former FBI profiler, said she believes the killer knows the area
Experts Have Some Theories On Who's Carrying Out Seminole Heights Killings
He consulted with Bryanna Fox, a former FBI agent and professor at the University of South Florida, to better understand Seminole Heights before sharing the profile...
USF Criminologist Weighs In On Seminole Heights murders
Dr. Bryanna Fox, a Criminology professor at USF who has helped during investigations like this, said it's going to be a challenge for police to profile this killer...
After Irma Deaths, Rep. Frederica Wilson Pushes Stronger Nursing Home Oversight
Kathryn Hyer, director of the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at the University of South Florida, told representatives that elders who are evacuated are...
A Call For Improved Emergency Preparation & Response
Witness Kathryn Hyer, a professor in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, provided eight tips for the Senate Aging panel to protect seniors during disasters....
CBCS Students Receive King O'Neal Award at Fall 2016 Commencement
Clairee Peterson and Katelin Russ, both CBCS students majoring in Behavioral Healthcare receive the prestigious King O'Neal award which recognizes graduating seniors with the highest overall GPA of 4.0. The students received a certificate and a gold medallion of the university seal. Congratulations for Clairee and Katelin.
MHLP Professor Presents in Brazil
Dr. Roger Peters, Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy participated in the 4th Congresso Internacional Freemind 2016 in Campinas, Brazil in early December.
Deadline Extended for Undergraduate Research Assistantships: 2017 Mom's Project Assistantships
The deadline for applications for undergraduate research assistantships to be offered through a special program known as The Moms Project has been extended through January 31, 2017. An award of $500 each will be awarded to undergraduate students who will be conducting research during the Spring and/or Summer semesters, 2017.
Finish Graduate School Requirements Online After College
Finish Graduate School Requirements Online After College U.S News & World Report In some cases, students might enroll in just one online course or the few they need to satisfy grad school requirements. That's an option in USF's online postbac program in speech-language pathology, says Kyna Betancourt, director of the language-speech-hearing undergraduate program.
Florida's sentencing system: It fails to account for prejudice
Florida's sentencing system: It fails to account for prejudice The Ledger "It took us a lifetime to develop our biases," said Lorie Fridell, a University of South Florida criminology professor and expert on bias training. "It's not easy to make them go away."
Numbers show surge in Baker Act exams of kids in Tampa Bay area
The University of South Florida's de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute receives statewide Baker Act data. A report compiled for the Tampa Bay Times includes totals, by county, of initiated Baker Acts in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Hernando.
Versace Accused Of Using 'Secret Code' When Black Customers Enter The Store, Former Employee Claims
Ojmarrh Mitchell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida and a member of the Department of Justice's science advisory board, says that aggressively profiling black customers is not the best way to prevent theft - or "shrinkage," as it's called in the retail industry.
The Long-Term Costs of Fining Juvenile Offenders
Piquero and Wesley Jennings, a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, analyzed the cases of more than a thousand adolescent offenders in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Cycle of crisis
A 2016 University of South Florida study of seriously mentally ill adults with complex problems, such as drug addiction or homelessness, found no evidence of "personalized assertive follow-up" after a Baker Act to ensure patients weren't jailed or hospitalized again.

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