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Faculty Create A Minute for Minute Health Videos During COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, May 1, 2020 Faculty within the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences have a broad range of expertise in many areas of behavioral science, focusing on individuals, families, communities, and schools, and examining the problems and challenges people encounter, as well as their need for clinical and supportive services. During these times of social isolation and increased stress brought on due to Covid 19, faculty have created A Minute for Metal Health videos related to their expertise.
Dr. Trina Spencer Receives Fulbright Award
Monday, April 6, 2020 Congratulations to Dr. Trina Spencer on being selected for a Fulbright award to conduct research and teach in South Africa. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Dr. Heather Peshak George Provides Keynote Address at the Behavior Education Technology Conference
Thursday, January 9, 2020 Her presentation, Building District Capacity to Systematically Improve Outcomes for All, addressed the number of schools engaging in Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports and demonstrated improved student and teacher outcomes and reduced disciplinary exclusions.
Dr. Svetlana Yampolskaya Elected as Chair of the Quantitative/Qualitative Café for the 2020 AEA Conference
Thursday, January 9, 2020 The mission of the AEA Quantitative Methods TIG is to support the effective use of quantitative methods in evaluation.
CFS's Dr. Rose Iovannone Receives Internal Research Grant from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Thursday, January 2, 2020 The grant will provide her the opportunity to evaluate the potential of implementing a functional behavior assessment and behavior support plan framework for transition-aged youth with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders in pre-employment settings.
Dr. Trina Spencer is Appointed Chair of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Committee
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 She will serve as chair of ASHA's Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice committee from January 2020 to December 2022.
Dr. Karen Berkman joins USF President Judy Genshaft at Signing of Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation Award
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 This endowed award was created by Dr. Harold Berkman and his wife, Muriel to support the academic endeavors of student veterans at USF. Dr. Harold Berkman served as a Staff Sergeant in World War II earning a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge at the Battle of the Bulge. Dr. Karen Berkman, daughter of Harold and Muriel Berkman, serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF.
CFS faculty Dr. Rose Iovannone Presents Keynote, Sessions and Workshop at Queensland, Australia's Positive Behaviour for Learning Conference
Thursday, July 11, 2019 During June 2019, CFS faculty Dr. Rose Iovannone was a major contributor at the Queensland Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) conference held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane, Australia.
Dr. Karen Berkman Receives USF PRIDE's First Lifetime Achievement Award
Friday, May 10, 2019 She received the award during the recent USF GALA and Lavender Graduation Ceremony hosted by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
USF ABA Program Faculty and Students Present at Inaugural Pan African Congress on Autism in Nairobi, Kenya
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Dr. Kwang-Sun Blair and advisees Ashley Knochel and Rachel Sofarelli presented two papers on evidence-based interventions in ABA and the importance of cultural adaptations during the inaugural conference held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 27- 29, 2019.
CFS Faculty Among CBCS Researchers to Complete Study of Sarasota County Child and Youth Mental Health Services
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 This evaluation is a culmination of several efforts in Sarasota County over the past two decades that have set the stage for a large-scale initiative for understanding and improving mental health care among children, youth, and young adults in the county.
Dr. Liz Perkins' Presidential Address at the AAIDD Conference Now Available Online
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Dr. Liz Perkins, FCIC's Associate Director is the current president of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. During AAIDD's national conference, she gave her presidential address on the topic of "Reaffirming Diversity and Inclusion." Now published in one of the three AAIDD Journals, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, her address shares how her personal and professional experiences have shaped her views regarding inclusion.
Educators from The Netherlands visit USF to Learn Firsthand about the FLPBIS Approach for Supporting Student Behavior
Friday, October 12, 2018 The Dutch visitors were comprised of educators (special education and general education teachers), school principals, administrators, PBIS coaches and researchers from Belgium and Windesheim University in Zwolle, The Netherlands, where Dr. George established an international research partnership through USF World in 2016.
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.

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'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.
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.
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
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.
Dr. Liz Perkins is Forging New International Alliances in England
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 She recently visited faculty and students at Coventry University in England, and also hosted a delegation of eight Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities students and faculty who attended the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association annual national conference in Orlando.
CFS's Steve Roggenbaum Hosts Presentation on Helping to Reduce Self-Harming and Suicidal Behavior Among Adolescents
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Dr. James Mazza from the University of Washington provided an interactive discussion about DBT STEPS-A and its structure in offering New Hope for schools in addressing students’ needs that focus on emotion regulation, particularly in self-harming and/or suicidal behavior.
Dr. Chih-Chin Chou Selected for Fulbright Award to Taiwan
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Her research will take place at the College of Indigenous Studies of the National Dong Hwa University (NDHU) in Hualien, Taiwan, where she will address the needs of the indigenous Taiwanese population with disabilities.
Dr. Rose Iovannone Elected President of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Within CFS and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), Dr. Iovannone serves as the PI on the Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention grant and also collaborates on several other FCIC grants.
Dr. Karen Berkman, Executive Director of CARD-USF, Invited to United Nations' World Autism Day Event
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 The invitation only event included international leaders in the area of employment and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as others leading efforts from universities and agencies.
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Perkins Awarded the USF Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Award
Monday, October 16, 2017 This award is presented to those who have completed the bachelor’s degree in Psychology at USF and who have a distinguished career in their field.
Dr. Lise Fox Receives $5.5 Million Grant to Improve Young Children’s Social and Emotional Competence while Reducing Challenging Behavior
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Funding from the federal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education will be used to establish the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations.
National Institute on Aging Funds Project to Monitor Electric Powered Wheelchair Navigation by Elderly with Cognitive Impairments
Monday, September 18, 2017 Dr. Kearns will be the lead on the USF subcontract.
Dr. David Chiriboga Serves on APA Multicultural Guidelines Revision Task Force
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Retitled Multicultural Guidelines: A Reconsideration and Applications and approved by APA’s Council in August 2017, the revised document reflects the significant growth in research and theory regarding multicultural contexts since the original 2002 guidance was adopted, and encourages psychologists to consider how knowledge and understanding of intersectional identity develops from and is disseminated within professional psychological practice.
Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Receives Travel Funds from United Faculty of Florida at USF
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 The funds will help cover her travel to the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) conference held this October in Atlanta, GA.
Conn Memorial Foundation Honors CFS Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez for Service to the Board
Thursday, July 13, 2017 The Foundation provides leadership and grants to Hillsborough County’s nonprofits that focus on the educational achievement of children and youth in low-income neighborhoods, as well as  supporting the development of leaders who work in the nonprofit world.
Dr. Ray Miltenberger Receives CBCS Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
Thursday, May 4, 2017 This award recognizes faculty who demonstrate the highest level of quality in the mentoring of graduate students in teaching, research, and service. Dr. Miltenberger has mentored 50 master's students to graduation since the inception of the ABA master's program in 2006.
MHNR Interview on Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services: Dr. Mario Hernandez
Friday, November 4, 2016 Listen as MHNR host, Kristin Walker, interviews Dr. Mario Hernandez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hernandez discusses the new Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health program and ongoing research efforts within the Department.
Presidential Candidates Silent On Child Poverty: Florida KIDS COUNT Director Norin Dollard Interviewed by Public News Service
Monday, July 25, 2016 She said it's "disappointing that neither candidate seems to see the impact that lifting kids out of poverty would have on all the other things they want to achieve."
CFS's Steve Roggenbaum to Serve as Vice Chairperson for the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 The Coalition works to develop and implement suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies and programs in the state of Florida.
After nearly 59 years of marriage, Joe and Jean Subers die together: Dr. Donna Cohen Interviewed by Gainesville Sun
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Dr. Cohen is one of the foremost authorities on how older persons and family members cope with aging and chronic illness. According to her research, an elderly murder-suicide occurs about every two weeks in Florida, which has one of the nation's highest percentages of seniors in its population.
Dr. Donna Cohen Interviewed by National Right to Life News Today
Monday, May 2, 2016 While rare, Dr. Cohen says homicide-suicide among the elderly appears to be on the rise.
Dr. Norín Dollard Discusses Parental Incarceration with Pensacola News Journal
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 “The numbers are quite staggering,” said Norín Dollard, director of Florida KIDS COUNT. “It’s a much bigger deal than I think a lot of people are accustomed to thinking about. The acts of crime and the cost of incarceration are very familiar, but the children who are left behind and the cost to them isn’t as well understood.”
Suicide among the Elderly: Dr. Donna Cohen Interviewed by Orlando Sentinel
Monday, April 25, 2016 USF professor Donna Cohen, who researches homicide and suicide among the elderly, said that suicide pacts and mercy killings are a statistical anomaly.
ABA Program Director Dr. Ray Miltenberger Provides TedX Talk on How to Keep Kids Safe from Guns
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Dr. Miltenberger has been doing research for over a decade to figure out how to keep kids safe from guns. One solution is to teach safety skills to children, which he discussed as an "Ingenuity 2016 Speaker" for a TedxBocalRaton event.
Dr. Karen Berkman Interviewed on WFLA
Monday, April 18, 2016 She spoke regarding safety bracelets for individuals with autism.
Dr. Tom Massey Quoted in Tampa Tribune reguarding Anti-bullying
Monday, April 18, 2016 Dr. Tom Massey, CFS Professor and Hillsborough County Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee Chair, helped host important Town Hall discussion April 18 on anti-bullying. Special guests included “The Blind Side” star Quinton Aaron and Hillsborough community leaders.
CFS's Steve Roggenbaum to Speak at Mayor's Youth Leadership Council Event on Depression and Suicide Prevention
Monday, April 11, 2016 Every year over 1000 college students take their lives. The goal of this event is to raise awareness and make sure young people know there is no shame in seeking help. Steve Roggenbaum has provided training, consultation, and evaluation in suicide prevention and in programs for children with emotional disturbances.  The presention on April 13 will be his fourth presentation on youth suicide prevention in the last month.
RMHC Faculty Member Aaron Norton Receives Counselor Educator of the Year Award from FMHCA
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA) conference was held in Lake Mary February 4 – 6, 2016.

CFS's Dr. Norín Dollard among Panelists for Dec 9th Townhall Meeting in Tallahassee
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 To increase public awareness of critical children’s issues and generate a public dialogue about them, The Children’s Campaign is organizing and hosting a series of Step Up for Kids Town Hall Meetings throughout Florida.
Dr. Ray Miltenberger Receives Prestigious Outstanding Scientific Contributions Award from FABA
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 The award was presented during the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) Conference and Awards Ceremony on October 1st.
Tampa Tribune Chooses Message from CFS Department Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez as Letter of the Day
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 The May 13, 2015 letter promotes the importance of prevention and addressing mental health issues before they reach "stage four."
National Guidelines for Dementia-Related Health Advocacy for Adults with Intellectual Disability and Dementia: The Importance of Advocacy for Dr. Eliz
Monday, April 13, 2015 As part of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG),Dr. Elizabeth Perkins has had a unique opportunity to help develop the NTG Guidelines for Dementia-Related Health Advocacy for Adults with Intellectual Disability and Dementia.
CFS Professor Dr. Mary Armstrong Provides Testimony before the Florida House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Children, Families and Seniors
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Her testimony provided an overview of strengths, challenges, and recommendations for Florida’s mental health system of care.
Teaching Gun Safety Skills to Young Children
Saturday, November 1, 2014 Ray Miltenberger, of the Department of Child and Family Studies, has created a gun injury prevention program that uses behavioral skills training and in situ training. The intervention helps children to demonstrate the desired safety skills in role-playing assessments and in situ assessments.
USF ABA Provides 33 Presentations at 2014 Florida Association of Behavioral Analysis Conference
Sunday, September 28, 2014 All ABA faculty members, 5 doctoral students, and 18 master’s students presented.
Dr. Mario Hernandez Selected as Panelist for Capitol Hill Briefing
Friday, August 22, 2014 Dr. Hernandez was one of two panelists selected to speak at a Capitol Hill briefing entitled Children’s Mental Health: The Importance of Early Identification and Intervention on Friday, August 15th.
Assistant Professor Tammy Jorgensen Smith Receives APSE Research Award
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 She was awarded the National Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Research Award at the national conference held in Long Beach, California in July 2014.
CFS faculty Donna Cohen comments on murder-suicide tragedy in Tampa
Friday, May 9, 2014 Dr. Cohen has spent the last 15 years studying murder-suicides around the world.
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.
CFS Selected as a Partner of the New Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network)
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 CFS, in partnership with the Center for Community Learning in Miami, will be the Cultural and Linguistic Hub of the TA Network.
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Dr. Lise Fox to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
Friday, August 30, 2013 Dr. Fox is the director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Tom Massey Receives over $400,000 Grant from the National Institutes of Health
Monday, August 26, 2013 The two-year pilot study in the Hillsborough County Middle School System will help to gain an understanding of how mental health services may be effectively implemented, integrated and sustained in school settings.
CFS Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2013 Semester
Monday, August 26, 2013 To keep up with the growing number of students in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program, CFS welcomed two new faculty members this week: Drs. Sarah Bloom and Andrew Samaha.
Mentees Show Appreciation with Gift of Plane Ticket to Korea
Friday, August 2, 2013 With only a few days notice, Dr. David Chiriboga's Korean mentees surprised him in June with a plane ticket to Seoul, Korea for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress Meeting.
CFS Faculty Drs. Lise Fox and Carol MacKinnon-Lewis are among Top 100 USF Researchers List
Monday, July 22, 2013 Faculty from CFS and the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences are leaders in researching innovative solutions to the complex challenges that affect the behavior and well-being of individuals, families, populations, and communities in which we live.
Dr. Karen Berkman Profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, May 31, 2013 Her presentation to the American College Health Association's annual meeting profiled how campuses can assist the growing number of students with autism-spectrum disorders attending college.
WUSF Profiles Positive Behavior Support Program during Mental Health Awareness Month
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 University Beat on WUSF Public Media interviewed CFS faculty regarding Positive Behavior Support, an intervention method that professionals are using in over 18-thousand schools to address challenging behavior among children of all ages.
Stephen D. Roggenbaum Reappointed to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council
Friday, May 17, 2013 On May 16, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment.
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.
USF Office of Community Engagement Funds Two CFS Projects
Friday, May 3, 2013 Congratulations to CFS faculty Drs. Sharon Hodges and Teresa Nesman for receiving funding  through the Research That Matters Faculty/Community Partner Grant Program, which supports research that focuses on community identified issues, and is intended to support pilot work on research projects that have the potential for a long lasting impact.
Dr. Donna Cohen Profiled in Ottawa Sun Article
Friday, February 22, 2013 She shares expertise in article, Murder-suicide might be caregiver burnout: Expert.
CFS Faculty Drs. Sharon Hodges and Mario Hernandez Provide Keynote Presentation for New York System of Care
Friday, January 25, 2013 The presentation on January 15th discussed strategies for building community resilience and shared values that facilitate system change.
Professor Donna Cohen in the News
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Dr. Cohen has been researching the issue of elderly people who die in murder-suicides.
Dr. Karen Berkman quoted in article: "Linking Connecticutt Shooter to Asperger's Misleading"
Friday, December 28, 2012 Dr. Berkman says it is important to recognize that all forms of autism, including Asperger's, are developmental disorders rather than mental illnesses.
David Chiriboga Receives GSA’s 2012 Minority Mentorship Award
Sunday, November 18, 2012 This distinguished honor is given annually to an individual who has exemplified outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging.
In the News: Professor Donna Cohen Shares Impact on Youth who Care for Family Members
Thursday, September 27, 2012 Dr. Cohen says youth caregivers take on huge responsibilities -- and they suffer for it.
Dr. Amanda Keating Provides Keynote Address for Jamaica Autism Support Association's Annual Workshop
Thursday, August 30, 2012 The 2-day workshop provided an opportunity for teachers, caregivers & parents to learn more about autism and how to help children in their care.
Communities Turn to CFS for Support in Evaluation
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 A tool developed by CFS faculty known as the System of Care Practice Review (SOCPR) is used to examine a program, agency, or system’s adherence to system of care values and principles.
CFS Visits Panama to Share Expertise in Autism
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 CFS representatives hosted a conference aimed at improving the diagnosis and care of individuals with autism in Panama.
Professor Donna Cohen In the News
Monday, April 23, 2012 She is the leading authority on homicide-suicide, assisted suicide, and homicide in the aged.
CFS Faculty Elected to Executive Board of the Association for Positive Behavior Support
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Although not new to the executive board, Drs. Kincaid and Peshak George are in new roles this year, serving as President and Treasurer respectively.

Article by Associate Professor Tom Massey Is 2011's Most Downloaded for Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 The Journal is published by Elsevier, which serves more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide.
Reducing Alcohol, Tobacco And Marijuana Use Among African American Youth: New Grant To Pilot On-Line Training Program
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Dr. Carol Mackinnon-Lewis from the Department of Child & Family Studies has been awarded a two-year, $659,296 grant from the National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Associate Professor Mary Armstrong Elected as President-Elect for the American Orthopsychiatric Association
Friday, January 6, 2012 The interdisciplinary association is devoted to mental health, health, and social justice.
CFS's Dr. Al Duchnowski Receives Professor Emeritus Status
Saturday, December 10, 2011 His years of work demonstrate an intense commitment to the lives of children and their families, as well as the systems that serve them.
CFS's Norín Dollard Discusses Access to Services for Florida's Children on WGCU
Friday, November 18, 2011 Reporter Farah Dosani reveals only half of kids in Florida receive the mental health services they need.
New Workshop Online: Cultural Learning Styles Encountered in the College Classroom
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 The October 13th instructional enhancement workshop, presented by Dr. Teresa Nesman, is now online.
CFS Welcomes Donna Burton as Assistant in Research
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 She was selected as part of the Research Faculty Pathway Grant, which is offered through the USF Office of Research & Innovation and the USF Faculty Senate Research Council and aimed at increasing the research and innovation enterprise within the USF System.
Emeritus Status Granted to Professor Krista Kutash
Friday, October 14, 2011 Congratulations to Dr. Krista Kutash for being granted the status of Professor Emeritus upon her retirement in February 2012.
U.S. Males in Distress, says CFS Chair in Tampa Tribune
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 The summer has shed light on the troubling state of our nation's men and boys. View pdf.
USF ABA Program Makes Large Presence at ABAI Conference
Monday, June 6, 2011 The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) conference was held May 27 - 31 in Denver Colorado and was a big success for the USF ABA program.
Why They Run: $1.3 Million Grant to Help Find Answers from Youth in the Child Welfare System
Thursday, May 26, 2011 Assistant Professor Kimberly Crosland has received funds from the USDOE Special Education Research Program to develop an effective intervention model focused on runaway behavior in children in the child welfare system.
Just Published: Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures, 5th Edition
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 A fifth edition of Professor Raymond Miltenberger's textbook uses the principles of behavior modification to teach the procedures of behavior modification, illustrating them with key case studies and examples.
CARD's Annual Give Back Day Supports Habitat for Humanity
Monday, March 14, 2011 The group was particularly excited that a house was going to someone who uses their services – a woman who has two sons diagnosed with autism.
CFS's Dr. Krista Kutash Steps Down from IRB after 12 Years of Service
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 As Chair of the USF Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board (IRB) during the last two years, Dr. Kutash has helped orient an entire new leadership team within the IRB office.
CFS Faculty are Highlighted by the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 A JPBI press release highlights work of CFS faculty Karen Childs, Don Kincaid and Heather George.
Division for Early Childhood Recognizes CFS's Dr. Glen Dunlap
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 He is the 2010 recipient of the Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award in recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education.
Dr. Hernandez Serves as Guest Speaker at Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Monday, October 25, 2010 Much of his research efforts have been on improving the accessibility of culturally competent mental health services for diverse children and families.
Third Edition of Mental Health Services Text Focuses on Parity, Transformation and Recovery
Friday, July 16, 2010 A new book edited by faculty from the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences reflects new ideas about how to improve mental health services.
Dr. Karen Berkman Selected as Faculty Recipient of USF PRIDE Award
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 She was honored for her work as Chair of the President's Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Tampa Tribune Profiles Comments From CARD Director Dr. Karen Berkman
Friday, September 19, 2008 Dr. Berkman urges organizations in the Tampa Bay area to join with CARD to support the Tampa Police Department and others concerned with the safety of their loved ones with special needs.
CFS's Glenda Kilpatrick and Janet Reyes Selected Among Experts Chosen to Enhance Support for USF Faculty Researchers
Monday, September 8, 2008 A USF initiative aimed at enhancing the support of faculty researchers and meeting the challenges of today’s research environment has enlisted the expertise of CFS staff.
Richard Briscoe Receives National Honor for Community Building and Transforming Neighborhoods
Monday, June 30, 2008 NeighborWorks® America, the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals, awards the Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership each year to eight community leaders from around the country.
CFS's Norin Dollard Selected to Attend NIH Summer Institute on Health Services Research
Friday, June 20, 2008 The program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is aimed at improving services for individuals involved in multiple health service systems. Dollard is one of three FMHI faculty members selected to attend.
CFS Department Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez is Faculty Recipient of 2008 USF PRIDE Award
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Congratulations to Professor and Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez, who was selected as the faculty recipient of this year's PRIDE award for contributions made to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Dr. Karen Berkman Selected by Governor Crist as Member on New Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Friday, March 7, 2008 Dr. Berkman is Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities-USF, housed at CFS.
CFS's Dr. Mary Armstrong is Elected to Serve as Director at Large of the American Orthopsychiatric Association
Thursday, November 15, 2007 "Ortho" provides a common ground for collaborative study, research, and knowledge exchange among individuals from a variety of disciplines engaged in preventive, treatment, and advocacy approaches to mental health.
Dr. Ray Miltenberger Selected to Receive the American Psychological Association's 2008 Distinguished Contributions to Applied Behavior Analysis Award
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Dr. Miltenberger's contributions to the field will be recognized at the 2008 APA convention, to be held August 14 - 17, 2008 in Boston, MA. In addition to receiving the award, Dr. Miltenberger will be an invited presenter.
CFS Staff Join National Leaders To Address Suicide Issues in Systems of Care
Thursday, September 28, 2006 Invited attendees discussed policies, protocols and specific strategies.
Amanda Keating Serves on Panel at International Summer Schools and Institutes
Tuesday, September 5, 2006 Participants come from around the world to continue learning principles associated with Individual Psychology.
Federal Leaders and Policy Makers Learn from CFS Staff
Sunday, July 30, 2006 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration invited Karen Blase and Dean Fixsen to share their expertise at recent Briefing on effective implementation strategies needed to make evidence-based services more routinely available.
Interim Chair of CFS Chosen
Monday, July 24, 2006 Mario Hernandez is known nationally for his expertise in a number of topics related to children's mental health.
CFS Shares Knowledge Internationally:
Thursday, May 11, 2006 Jamaica Turns to CARD Staff for Expertise on Behavioral Support for Children with Autism and Related Disabilities.
Surgeon General's Workshop on Women's Mental Health
Monday, January 30, 2006 CFS's Rene Anderson participates in the invitation-only workshop to help set a national agenda on girl's and women's mental health.
Thomas G. Haring Award for Research
Tuesday, November 2, 2004 CFS staff to be recognized at the 2004 Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH) Conference in Reno, Nevada November 17 - 20.
Tampa Tribune Editorial: Florida Shows Progress In Caring For Its Youth
Monday, June 14, 2004 Dean David Shern Shares View on New Release of KIDS COUNT Data and the Well-Being of Florida's Children and Youth.
CFS's Dr. Krista Kutash Receives Outstanding Contributions Award for 2004
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 On April 26, The National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) recognized her work and contributions.
CFS Staff Serve on Coalition That Releases New Study Identifying Service Gaps Among Families of Children with Special Needs in Hillsborough County
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Findings mark the completion of the first phase of an ambitious community initiative to improve the provision and delivery of services for children and their families.
CARD-USF Welcomes New Director
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 For the past several months, CARD USF has conducted a national search and has identified Dr. Karen Berkman as the new CARD Director.
CFS Faculty Present at National System of Care Community Meeting in Portland
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) research faculty were among the presenters at the annual winter System of Care Community meeting Jan. 7-10 in Portland, OR.
Doctoral Work Brings Credentials to Teresa Nesman and Understanding to Latino Communities
Thursday, November 20, 2003 Having recently received her PhD in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Educational Anthropology, CFS's Teresa Nesman can now focus on her primary interest of helping to improve the supports and services for Latino children and families in the Tampa Bay area.
CFS Webmaster Takes First Place in International Photo Competition
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 Congratulations to CFS's Jonathan Wilson, who was selected as a first place winner in the 2003 International Photo Competition.
CFS Staff Highlighted in June Edition of Children's Board THINK Newsletter
Monday, June 9, 2003 Norin Dollard, Glen Dunlap and Lise Fox were recently highlighted in a Children's Board of Hillsborough County publication, THINK About the Children. The newsletter, produced by the Tampa Hillsborough Integrated Network for Kids (THINK) project, provides updates on THINK activities. THINK funds services and supports for a system of care for Hillsborough County's children with serious emotional disorders (SED) and their families.
CFS Chair Robert Friedman Serves As Panelist at Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum
Friday, June 6, 2003 CFS Chair Robert Friedman was a panelist at the recent Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum, held every May in Atlanta for Georgia's mental health organizations.
Friedman Key Speaker for the Collaborations in Children's Mental Health Systems of Care
Sunday, February 2, 2003 Department of Child and Family Studies Chair and Professor Robert Friedman, PhD, was a key speaker at a workshop Feb. 7 by the Collaborations in Children's Mental Health Systems of Care at the Park Plaza/Westshore Hotel in Tampa.
CFS's Richard Briscoe Receives Honor for Contributions to the African-American Community
Thursday, October 10, 2002 University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft will join the USF African-American Advisory Committee to honor six people for their commitment to the community on October 24 at 6 p.m. at the Lifsey House, USF Tampa.
CFS Attends Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: Developing a National Agenda
Tuesday, October 10, 2000 At the request of the US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, over 300 professionals, researchers, advocates, parents, and youth gathered in Washington DC, September 18 & 19, to develop an action plan to improve the mental health of children in this country. CFS Chair Bob Friedman and Lynn Pedraza were among the presenters at the conference while additional staff members Al Duchnowski, Mary Evans, and Krista Kutash were facilitators/recorders at break-out groups convened to develop concrete action steps that the Surgeon General can advocate for in his federal leadership role.

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