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CFS Faculty and Staff Publish Article on Neurodiversity in HR Florida Review Magazine
Monday, November 26, 2018 Neurodiversity is a term that describes people who think differently, see the world from varying perspectives, or who pick up the details of a task that others may have missed.
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.
Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Serves as Co-editor on a Special Supplement of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Friday, January 5, 2018 The issue, to be released in February 2018, consists of articles that represent current thinking about community reintegration (CR) and lays the groundwork for testing interventions to improve CR outcomes for veterans and service members.
Fourth Year ABA Doctoral Students have Long List of Research Accomplishments!
Friday, April 7, 2017 How productive are our PhD students? Just take a look at our fourth year ABA doctoral student research accomplishments!  Great work Bryon Miller, Lindsey Slattery, Leslie Singer, Mallory Quinn, Sindy Sanchez and Diego Valbuena!
Funeral staff as first responders: Helping families and friends when a loved one has died by suicide
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Stephen Roggenbaum co-authors article in January 2016 edition of The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Magazine.
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USF Suicide Prevention Guide Profiled by Reuters International News Agency
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 The article, School-wide prevention program lowers teen suicide risk, references the Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide. Authors of the guide include CFS faculty Katherine Lazear and Stephen Roggenbaum.
Just Out! Sixth Edition of Dr. Raymond Miltenberger’s Text: Behavior Modification: Principles And Procedures
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 The new text has been updated with expanded topics and reflects the latest research in behavior modification.
Dr. Elizabeth Perkins Co-authors 6th Edition Text on Physical Change and Aging
Monday, August 25, 2014 This latest edition has been thoroughly updated to present new research findings that differentiate "normal" aging from actual pathology.
National KIDS COUNT® Releases Policy Report on the Obstacles to Success for Children Focusing on Racial and Ethnic Barriers to Opportunity
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new report stressing a need for change on behalf of the children in Florida and the nation. In this report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, an index was developed which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level.
CFS Faculty Heather Peshak George serves as Contributing Editor of Encyclopedia of Special Education
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 New to the latest edition (January 2014) of the Encyclopedia of Special Education, A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals are entries on topics that have grown in importance , including Response to Intervention, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Just Out! Spring 2014 Newsletter
Monday, March 10, 2014 Read about new funding, project updates, events and recognitions.
How Does Florida Rank in the National KIDS COUNT Data Book 2013?
Monday, June 24, 2013 Florida Slips to 45th among the 50 States in Economic Well-Being of Children in KIDS COUNT National Index
New CFS Materials:
Friday, May 31, 2013 View our latest Impact Report and Spring Newsletter.
CFS Faculty Profiled in RxNews Article
Thursday, May 9, 2013 The article discusses findings related to the use of the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce Model with Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
CFS Faculty Dr. Elizabeth Perkins serves as guest editor on Special Issue of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Monday, November 26, 2012 This article reviews the current literature regarding a range of quality of life outcomes of aging adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Economic Crisis Continues Detrimental Impact on the Well-Being of Our Children
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 New National KIDS COUNT Index Ranks Florida Economic Well-Being of Children 44th Among the 50 States.
Stepping Up For Kids: New KIDS COUNT Report Focuses on Kinship Care
Monday, May 21, 2012 Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families examines the critical role that kinship families play in protecting and nurturing children who experience the trauma of parental separation and other hardships.
Now Available: 2012 Edition of the Youth Suicide Prevention School-based Guide
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Designed to provide accurate, user-friendly information for school administrators, staff, and faculty, the Guide is now available online and printed copies can be purchased.
Professor Donna Cohen Co-Authors Textbook of Geriatric Mental Health
Thursday, March 8, 2012 This textbook offers medical students and professionals the information they need to care for older people with mental disorders.
2011 CFS Impact Report Now Available
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Fiscal Year 2011 marked many successes for the CFS team as they remained dedicated to their academic, training and research efforts aimed at strengthening and sustaining healthy communities.
Textbook Authored by CBCS Faculty Published into Chinese
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions, Fifth Edition was authored by Professor Emeritus Sue V. Saxon, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer Mary Jean Etten Ed.D, and Research Assistant Professor Elizabeth Perkins, PhD.
CFS Contributes to Most Downloaded Article in Journal of Early Adolescence
Monday, July 11, 2011 A journal article on bullying and victimization in middle school, co-authored by CFS faculty member Carol MacKinnon-Lewis, PhD has been recognized as the most downloaded article in 2010 in The Journal of Early Adolescence.
Youth Suicide Prevention School-based Guide Profiled by Ohio State University
Thursday, February 10, 2011 OSU Research News shares resources for schools officials when dealing with a suicide.
2011-2015 Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy Brochure Available
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 The Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention partnered with the Florida Suicide Prevention Implementation Project at CFS in an effort to help raise awareness of suicide prevention.
Congratulations To CFS Faculty And Staff On Their Recent Accomplishments In The Publishing World
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 They have contributed to books now in press and scheduled to be released soon through Brooks Publishing.
CFS Contributes to New SAMHSA Resource Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment
Monday, July 6, 2009 A new SAMHSA resource for substance abuse professionals and administrators enlisted the expertise of CFS’s Steve Roggenbaum as a field reviewer.
CFS Faculty Contribute to Special Issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research Focusing on Transition to Adulthood
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Each of the journal articles provide new ideas and practices that community behavioral health organizations can use to create new opportunities for the youth, adults, and families they serve.
RTC Co-Director Dr. Krista Kutash Contributes to Newest Practice Guide from What Works Clearinghouse
Thursday, September 25, 2008 Designed for elementary school educators and school- and district-level administrators, Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom offers prevention, implementation, and schoolwide strategies that can be used to reduce problematic behavior that interferes with the ability of students to attend to and engage fully in instructional activities.
CFS Staff Contribute to Special Issue of the Journal of Research on Social Work Practice
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 The September 2008 Special Issue focuses on children who are removed from their families and placed in state-sponsored care, and profiles the Florida Behavior Analysis Services Program.
CFS Faculty Contribute Chapter to New Handbook of Psychiatric Measures
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 The chapter presents a variety of measures for children and adolescents to determine their success or failure in coping at home, at school, and in the community.
CFS Faculty Among Authors for Special Issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Monday, December 10, 2007 The Issue is focused on qualitative methods in children’s mental health.
The First Six Months: Initial Report Sets Baseline for Florida's IV-E Waiver Program
Friday, August 24, 2007 Since 2001, CFS has conducted the annual evaluation of Florida's privatized child welfare, the community based care program.
New Publication Provides Road Map for System Transformation for Family Members, Educators, and Mental Health Professionals
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 A new report released from the Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health addresses challenges related to the welfare and functioning of America's families and their children.
New Monographs Provide Better Understanding Of Cultural Competence
Friday, March 9, 2007 Monographs will help service organizations evaluate if they are providing culturally competent services that truly benefit minority children and youth with serious mental health issues and their families.
A Look at Private Residential Treatment Facilities for Youth
Friday, November 3, 2006 Drs. Robert Friedman and Allison Pinto from CFS contributed to an article published in a special issue of the American Journal of Orthospychiatry focused on residential treatment for children and adolescents.
CFS Staff Draft Blueprint for School-based Mental Health Service Systems
Thursday, May 11, 2006 The new monograph from the Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health provides practical information and advice for those engaged in developing and implementing effective evidence-based services in the school setting.
Now Available for Experts in the Field of Children's Mental Health Systems
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 A new step-by-step approach to assess system of care financing structures and strategies.
New Book Features Work on Resilience
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 Mary Armstrong and Roger Boothroyd contributed their findings to a book that explores multiple paths children follow to health and well-being in diverse national and international settings.
A Look at Online Behaviors of Adolescent Girls in the United States and New Zealand
Friday, September 16, 2005 CFS's Ilene Berson Reveals Findings from Cross-National Collaborative Effort.
New Resource Directory Serves African American Community
Monday, July 18, 2005 CFS Professor Richard Briscoe helps develop valuable guide for the Tampa Bay area.
Outcomes for Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Their Families
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 CFS Professors Krista Kutash and Albert Duchnowski have co-edited the second edition of a book used widely among researchers, policy makers, families, advocates, and practitioners concerned with children who have emotional disturbances.
New City and Rural KIDS COUNT Data Book and Pocket Guides
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Designed to give advocates and policymakers a better understanding of conditions faced by families living in large cities and rural areas in their states, information is based on data from the 2000 Census and can be obtained from the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.
Florida KIDS COUNT Responds to National Calls to Action For At-Risk Youth
Thursday, June 3, 2004 The newly released Annie E. Casey Foundation 2004 National KIDS COUNT Data Book reveals that Florida's rank remains unchanged from last year, placing the state 34th among all states on the well-being of America's children. More significant is the fact that from 1996 to 2001 Florida improved in eight out of 10 measures reflecting child welfare.
New from Oxford University Press!
Monday, March 29, 2004 CFS Staff Publish Text entitled Mental Health Services - A Public Health Perspective, Second Edition, and Author a Chapter on Children's Mental Health Services.
CFS Staff Complete Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide: Now Available On-line
Thursday, January 15, 2004 As part of Florida's goal to decrease the incidence of teen suicide by one third, CFS staff develop prevention guide for Florida's schools.
New Book Co-Edited by CFS's Glen Dunlap Documents History, Foundation, and Critical Features of PBS
Monday, December 15, 2003 Positive Behavior Support: Critical Articles on Improving Practice for Individuals with Severe Disabilities is essential for anyone concerned with fundamental issues related to positive behavior support (PBS).
Mentoring Training Manual Supports New Approach For Staff Development
Saturday, October 25, 2003 CFS staff work with DCF District 13 to develop training manual for new mentor program.
Promising Approaches Series Provides Resources for States and Communities as They Refine Managed-Care Systems to Better Serve Children and Families
Thursday, September 11, 2003 Drawing on the Health Care Reform Tracking Project (HCRTP) findings to date, a series of papers highlights relevant issues and approaches that have surfaced through the HCRTP's all-state surveys and in-depth impact analyses in a smaller sample of 18 states.
CFS Staff Contribute to Article on Evaluation Efforts of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HSI) in Pinellas County, FL.
Monday, August 25, 2003 Published in the journal, Psychology in the Schools, this article describes Pinellas County's plan to address issues such as school suspensions, dropouts, delinquency cases and reports of child abuse and neglect, and highlights the instrumental role played by evaluators and psychologists.
Monograph Now Available: Crafting Logic Models for Systems of Care: Ideas Into Action
Tuesday, July 22, 2003 A monograph designed to provide a guide for communities engaged in developing systems of care has just been completed by CFS's Mario Hernandez and Sharon Hodges.
A look at Teasing and Bullying: CFS's Kathi Armstrong and Katheryne Downes contribute to article in Contemporary Pediatrics
Sunday, July 20, 2003 A recent article published in Contemporary Pediatrics addresses the significant and long-lasting health and mental health problems that teasing and bullying can cause.
CFS Completes Ninth Evaluation for Pinellas County's Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative
Thursday, June 26, 2003 The report, "Evaluation of the Early Childhood Consultation Services & Partnership Programs", describes the Early Childhood Consultation Services and Partnership Programs, funded by the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative grant to Pinellas County, Florida.
Special Issue on Children's Mental Health Policy Guest Edited by CFS's Mario Hernandez
Friday, April 4, 2003 In March, the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders released a special issue on children's mental health policy. Guest edited by Department of Child and Family Studies' faculty member Mario Hernandez, this issue addresses the impact of values and principles inherent in the systems of care (SOC) approach on formation of national child mental health policy.
Center for the Study of Children's Futures Releases Latest Information on Florida's Children and Teen Mothers
Friday, April 4, 2003 Two new publications at the Center for the Study of Children's Futures, located within the Department of Child and Family Studies, reveal the latest information gathered on Florida's children and teen mothers.
The Health Care Reform and Tracking Project Issues New Promising Approaches Series
Friday, January 10, 2003 Tracking Behavioral Health Services to Children and Adolescents and Their Families in Publicly-Financed Managed Care Systems, written by Shelia A. Pires, is the first paper in a new series of the Health Care Reform and Tracking Project (HCRTP) co-funded by two federal agencies —the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Education.
Creating Change and Keeping it Real: Report Reveals how Excellent Child-serving Organizations Carry out Their Goals
Thursday, December 12, 2002 Community-Based Theories of Change is a national study funded by the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS-SAMHSA) and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research that is designed to address how human service organizations carry out their mission and goals, how they transfer their policy agendas across stakeholders, and how they sustain their service strategies over time. This report summarizes the cross-site findings of Community-Based Theories of Change and presents lessons learned across the three participating sites in 2002.
New Reports Profile Strategies That Deal with Safety in the Schools
Saturday, October 19, 2002 In an effort to make schools safer and help protect students from violent behavior and drug & alcohol use, the Clinton Administration allocated $100 million in grants to 54 communities. The goal of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HSI) is to link school systems with community-based services and prevention activities into one community-wide approach to violence prevention and healthy child development.
CFS Evaluates Community-based Care in Florida: Report Now Online
Thursday, August 15, 2002 One of the Florida Department of Children & Families' (DCF) responses to ensuring the safety and well being of children in the child welfare system is the implementation of the Community-Based Care (CBC) initiative.
CFS Completes Evaluation of Medicaid Services for Children's Mental Health
Monday, January 1, 2001 In the last ten years, as the importance of the Medicaid program has increased within the mental health system in Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) has introduced a number of initiatives designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Medicaid program.

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