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Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga to Serve as Chair of the International Military and Veterans Networking Group
Friday, October 5, 2018 The MVANG fosters collaboration among researchers, clinicians and organizations (both public and private) and  provides high quality evidence-based education and training to rehabilitation  professionals to promote and advance the science and practice of rehabilitation appropriate for military and Veteran populations and their family members.
CFS Works to Form Partnership with Kwara State University to Bring HIPPY’s Early Childhood Education Program into Nigerian Communities
Friday, October 5, 2018

CFS’s Ruby Joseph, a researcher in the Florida HIPPY Training & Technical Assistance Center recently returned from Nigeria where she met with faculty and students from Nigeria's Kwara State University (KWASU), village representatives, community elders and families regarding the feasibility of implementing the HIPPY early childhood education program in the villages of Malete and Elemere.

CFS's Dr. Heather Peshak George to Provide Keynote Address at National Leadership Forum on School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
Monday, September 24, 2018 Sponsored by the National Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Midwest PBIS, the forum has over 3000 registered participants. Additional CFS faculty within the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities are serving as lead presenters and/or exemplars across sessions related to PBIS.
RMHC Student Jenny Vosburg Receives John A. Orphanidys Scholarship
Friday, September 14, 2018 The John A. Orphanidys Scholarship, named after a leader in private sector vocational rehabilitation services in Florida, was established to recognize Florida vocational rehabilitation graduate students who have expressed a commitment to work in private vocational rehabilitation.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Invest Five Minutes To Save a Life
Friday, September 7, 2018 September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. This targeted awareness, combined with two celebrity deaths by suicide this past summer and reports that suicide rates are increasing in Florida and nationwide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018) should be a call to action for all citizens.
ABA Faculty Member Dr. Sarah Bloom Serves as Invited Speaker at Conferences in Israel and Turkey
Friday, July 27, 2018 Dr. Bloom, Associate Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program in USF's Department of Child and Family Studies has recently returned from Israel and Turkey, where she served as invited speaker at two conferences focused on the field of applied behavior analysis.
Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Profiled in American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine's Research Spotlight
Sunday, July 1, 2018 As a faculty member in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program in the USF Department of Child and Family Studies, Dr. Dillahunt-Aspillaga focuses on the rehabilitation and community reintegration of civilians, service members, and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury.
Dr. Kwang-Sun Blair Delivers Invited Workshops, Seminar, and Colloquium in South Korea
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Dr. Blair delivered two workshops at the Korean School Psychology Association meeting, a seminar at Seoul Dawon School for children with developmental disabilities, and a colloquium at Kongju National University, during June 7 – 11 in South Korea.
CFS Faculty In the News
Monday, June 11, 2018 CFS faculty regularly share expertise in areas of their research interests.
Naples Daily News Commentary: Dr. Norin Dollard Discusses Juvenile Arrests and Baker Act Examinations
Thursday, June 7, 2018 June 7, 2018 Commentary: As Florida’s juvenile arrests declined, Baker Act examinations skyrocketed
Rightpath Research & Innovation Center at USF Receives $1.3 Million Research Grant from U.S. Department of Education
Friday, June 1, 2018 Dr. Trina D. Spencer of the Rightpath Center will work with a team over the next four years to help reduce the language-based achievement gap in primary grades.
WFLA: Dr. Karen Berkman Interviewed Regarding Autism and Water Safety
Thursday, May 31, 2018 WFLA's Rod Carter interviewed Dr. Karen Berkman, Executive Director of the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF regarding water safety for individuals with autism. He also profiled a partnership with the Tampa Interbay Rotary Club, which helps to raise money for CARD-USF and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at USF each year through the Cycling for Autism Event.
Dr. Kearns’ Work Cited by NIH Team
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 A recent presentation profiled on the American Psychological Association’s website references work conducted by Dr. William Kearns and team on their research on the use of advanced technologies for the remediation of cognitive impairment related to dementia and traumatic brain injuries.
Dr. William Kearns Interviewed by Tampa's Bay News 9 about Technology to Reduce Falls in Older Adults
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Prof. William Kearns was interviewed on May 8, 2018 by Dr. Randy Shuck of Spectrum News Bay News 9 about his novel technology for predicting falls in older adults using a form of radar and higher-order mathematics known as fractals.
Dr. Heather Peshak George Serves as Contribution Editor of Special Issue on PBIS for the Journal of Behavioral Disorders
Thursday, May 3, 2018 In addition, CFS faculty Karen Cox, MA, Lauren Evanovich, PhD, Heather Peshak George, PhD,  Devon Minch, PhD and Therese Sandomierski, PhD have published articles in the Special Issue.

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