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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. Discussions of their research interests and current projects has revealed their wide range of experiences and interests. Noé Erazo is currently researching computer assisted testing at the Rightpath Research & Innovation Center at USF. Christopher Cardea currently works at ACTS as a Data Analyst conducting research on opioid usage in Hillsborough County, while preparing to pursue his research interests in depression, eating disorders, and health promotion. Amanda Weston is interested in studying how technology impacts individuals and the addictive qualities of technology for those who play video games. Enya Vroom's research interests are rooted in implementation science and evidence-based practice focused on substance use prevention among child and adolescent populations. Rebecca Webster is a Technical Assistance Specialist in the Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and she is interested in decreasing disproportionate discipline in early childhood settings. Michelle Beekman, works with Dean Serovich in her HIV lab, and is interested in discovering innovative strategies for adolescents suffering from anxiety disorders. Joshua Barnett is interested in the disparate life expectancy of those with psychiatric disorders served within the public mental health system and opioid use disorder epidemiology. These varied interests reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this new doctoral program in the college.