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Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA is an applied science and a profession that provides services to meet the diverse needs of individuals. The emphasis of the ABA doctoral program is on the development of behavior analysts who are scientist-practitioners. Students graduating from the program will receive training through coursework and research and practice activities with community partners. Visit the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

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Research Assistant Professor Norín Dollard Profiled on WUSF
As Co-director of Florida KIDS COUNT, she commented on the newly released national KIDS COUNT Data Book, which revealed that while Florida ranked 37th in overall child well-being, the state showed improvement in measures of health over a five-year period from 2008 to 2013.
Florida’s Families Continue to Struggle Economically, as Evidenced by The National Ranking of 45 in Economic Well-Being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT® Data Book just released shows that while Florida is experiencing positive growth in economic trends, the number of children living in poverty continues to rise. The total number of children living in these families is 969,000 or nearly one in every four. The report also goes on to show that a third of Florida’s children are living with parents who lack secure employment.
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). Since that time, the QPI has expanded outside the state of Florida to California and Nevada, and has recently contracted with Ohio as a fourth state seeking additional support for foster parents.
CFS Faculty In the News
CFS faculty expertise on suicide prevention, unlicensed children's homes, child abuse, anti-bullying, positive behavior support, and youth caregivers. Latest: Norín Dollard/National KIDS COUNT Data Book.
Tampa Interbay Rotary Presents $25,000 to CARD-USF and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at USF
Both CFS programs are recipients of the 6th Annual Cycling Out Autism fundraising event held March 28, 2015.
Professor Raymond Miltenberger Featured on Dateline NBC Regarding Gun Safety
Dr. Raymond Miltenberger, professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, and the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at USF, was featured on the NBC Dateline segment June 21 featuring kids and gun safety.
Dr. William Kearns, Helping Veterans to “Age-in-place” at the Friesen International Conference

At the 2015 John K Friesen International Conference "Harnessing Technology for Aging-in Place," Professor William Kearns, faculty in the Department of Child & Family Studies in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida, presented opening remarks and a paper on his current work, “Extending Smart Home Technology for Persons with Cognitive Impairment.”

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29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health

March 13 - 16, 2016: This conference was first held in 1988 and has continued each year, bringing together more than 500 participants to share dialogue about important issues such as health, education and welfare, share new knowledge, and identify challenges that remain for the field. As the field and issues have evolved, so too has our focus to expand both age range and broader area of topics. View flyer.

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health

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