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New Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program Established at USF for Fall 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020 The MFT program will train and educate students to meet the growing demand for marriage and family therapists in the state of Florida. The program is an expansion of the successful MFT Graduate Certificate which enables professionals in mental health, rehabilitation counseling, counselor education, social work, psychology, and other human service fields to enhance their knowledge and skills in marriage and family therapy.
CABH Student Reflects on Policy, Process and the the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee
Monday, February 24, 2020 Haley Vernoy is a master's student in the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Program at USF. She is currently completing her field experience with the Children’s Mental Health Network, focusing on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) and understanding how policy influences the work of this committee.
ABA Doctoral Students Shine at Recent Conferences
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Congratulations to ABA doctoral students Marlesha Bell and Natalie Mandel for recent recognition at Applied Behavior Analysis conferences.
RMHC Student Aysha Tenouri Completes USF's Entrepreneurial Program, I-Corps
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 I-Corps provides infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding as students work to build their business ventures.
RMHC Students Recipients of Two Scholarships
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Congratulations to Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling students Meagan Gillespie and Magdha Thodhori for receiving scholarships this year!

Online MS in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Program Earns No. 1 Ranking by BestColleges
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 University of South Florida's Online Master's in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Program has been selected as one of BestColleges.com’s Best Online Master's in Child Development programs for 2019.
Online MA in Applied Behavior Analysis Earns No. 1 Ranking by BestColleges
Thursday, July 18, 2019 In a recent roundup by BestColleges, USF’s online master’s in applied behavior analysis was named the best online behavioral psychology program in the U.S. This new accolade comes on the heels of a top-five program ranking by Online Psychology Degrees.
Online Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis Prepares Students for BCBA Certification
Thursday, October 25, 2018

For recent graduates and professionals interested in becoming behavior analysts, USF’s online master’s program provides a convenient path to BCBA certification and career advancement.

FCIC’s Trainee Gary Lam featured on AUCD’s Emerging Leaders Map
Monday, April 23, 2018 Gary Yu Hin Lam, doctoral candidate in School Psychology at the University of South Florida and trainee with the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), is currently being featured on the AUCD Emerging Leaders Map. This map highlights diverse trainees and early career leaders across the Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ network (AUCD).
2017 Cohort of ABA Doctoral Students Gain Valuable Teaching Experience
Monday, April 2, 2018 The newest PhD cohort are all teaching classes in the ABA minor and are doing a fantastic job.
Unique Funded Research Training Opportunity Available!
Monday, October 16, 2017 The Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse at the University of South Florida invites graduate students and working professionals with a Master's degree (or in a doctoral degree program) to apply for a fully paid 15 credit Graduate Certificate Program in Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health.
Tampa Interbay Rotary Club Provides Scholarship Fund through Annual Cycling for Autism Event
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Since 2010, the Tampa Interbay Rotary Club Cycling for Autism Fundraising event has raised over $165,000 to support programs in the Tampa Bay community focused on helping individuals with autism and their families. They have supported CARD-USF’s many efforts in the community, as well as a scholarship fund for students in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at USF.
CFS is Now Offering a Fully Online Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 The certificate coursework integrates specific learning about leadership theory and practice with broader competencies in child and adolescent behavioral health. Electives built into the certificate allow students to pursue personal interests relevant to leadership, such as family-centered interdisciplinary practice and child and adolescent behavioral health policy.
ABA Master's Student Kelsey O’Neill Receives $16,000 Fellowship Grant from Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay
Monday, September 26, 2016 As part of the fellowship, Kelsey will complete one year of a paid practicum at BCOTB to help her gain a variety of experiences that will prepare her to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
CACREP and CORE Joint Accreditation Review Process Successfully Completed for RMHC
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 The USF Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A. degree) program now joins a handful of other higher education programs across the United States in successfully completing the joint review process offered as part of the 2013 affiliation agreement between the Council on Rehabilitation  Education (CORE)  and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
21 Students from USF's ABA Program have their Research Presented at ABAI Convention
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Many of the students also attended the convention in Chicago, which gathers over 4,500 behavior analysts from all over the world.
New! USF Online M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis
Friday, March 18, 2016 Study online and continue to work – from anywhere! USF’s online M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis can help you infuse new skills into your practice with a rigorous curriculum that leads to the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification.
USF Florence Italy Study Abroad Program Gets Intimate with Relationships
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 What better location than Florence Italy to take an Intimate Relationships course?  The course, which is taught by Dr. Rick Weinberg, Associate Professor in the USF Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program, is part of the USF in Florence Summer Study Abroad Program.
Institute Encourages Scholars to Take Action in Adolescent Behavioral Health
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Scholars of the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health (Institute) do more than submit research proposals addressing an adolescent behavioral health problem. They translate that research into action.The Institute, a joint program between the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, is a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded research education program allowing graduate-level scholars the opportunity to carry out their research in a tangible setting.

ABA Welcomes Third Cohort of ABA Doctoral Students
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Each year brings increasing numbers of highly qualified applicants. This year's cohort includes a prestigious McKnight Doctoral Fellow and a University Graduate Fellowship.
Congratulations ABA Summer Masters Graduates!
Thursday, August 13, 2015 All graduates of Summer 2015 are already employed and/or continuing education for a doctoral degree.
ABA Program Awarded 5-Year $1.06 million Grant
Sunday, September 28, 2014 Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, students accepted into the "Project ABA": Preparing Related Services Personnel in Applied Behavior Analysis for Children with Autism program will become school-based behavior analysts working with children with autism.
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.
USF Announces New Online Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
Monday, September 8, 2014 The University of South Florida now offers a new, comprehensive online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis to prepare professionals to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs. Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) can help create treatment plans and supportive environments for children and adults living with a disability, mental illness, or behavioral disorders such as autism, ADHD or addiction.
CFS to Offer New Master of Science (MS) Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Saturday, April 5, 2014 The degree prepares professionals to serve in public and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. Concentrations will be offered in Developmental Disabilities, Leadership in Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health, Translational Research and Evaluation, and Youth and Behavioral Health.
Student Profiles: Applied Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 In the fall of 2013, the University of South Florida accepted six PhD students in the new Applied Behavior Analysis doctoral program in the College of Behavior and Community Sciences. The program prepares students to be expert practitioners, effective teachers, and accomplished researchers.
First Cohort of Scholars in Translational Research Share Research Plans
Thursday, June 20, 2013 The certificate program is a collaborative effort between the College of Public Health and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and local adolescent-serving community agencies.
PhD Student Vickie Lynn Receives USF Fellowship Award
Monday, May 6, 2013 Vickie is pursuing her PhD with a specialty concentration in behavioral health as part of a program jointly offered by the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences (CBCS) and the USF College of Public Health (COPH).
Student Profile: Inaugural Class of ABA Minor Program
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Within one year, the first 15 students will complete their minor requirements in ABA.
Student Profile: Melisssa Tirotti
Monday, December 10, 2012 Now in her second year of the MPH Behavioral Health Concentration Degree program, Melissa’s passion has evolved to adolescent females and promoting youth development programs.
USF Approves Graduate Certificate in Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health Program
Friday, December 7, 2012 The program provides an innovative education program in translational research, merging the skills and experience of USF academic researchers, local community service providers, and national experts.
USF Board Approves New PhD Program in ABA
Thursday, June 21, 2012 The USF Board of Governors has approved a new doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis that will build on the existing ABA master’s program with its high academic standards, emphasis on research and practice, and network of community partners. Read more.
2012 Summer Courses: Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health
Monday, April 23, 2012 Distance learning courses to be offered during Summer Session C will focus on Leadership Skills and Wraparound Interventions.
NIDA Funds $1.7 Million Research Education Project to Help Bridge the Gap from Research to Practice
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 A New Graduate Certificate Program in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health will merge the skills and experience of local community treatment providers, USF academic researchers and national experts.
Summer C Course: Issues & Trends in Developmental Disabilities
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 This exciting interdisciplinary course will provide students with a rich curriculum that addresses health, educational, social, cultural, and economic issues related to developmental disabilities across the life span.
CFS Announces New ABA Student Assistance Fund
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Students in the Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s Program can apply for funding to help them complete their master’s thesis or other research.
Jobs in the Field of "Changing Behavior" Change Job Prospects for 100% for USF's ABA Grads
Thursday, December 8, 2011 Since the two-year program began in 2006, graduates have had no trouble finding jobs.
CARD Intern Receives First Graduate with Distinction Honor from the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Congratulations to Jessica Bernhard, who will be recognized at the Dec 9th graduation ceremonies for the USF School of Social Work program within CBCS.
Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health: CFS Addresses the Need for Qualified Professionals
Monday, November 21, 2011 To address the enormous shortage of qualified, appropriately trained professionals in the children's mental health field, CFS is offering educational and professional development opportunities through a Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health.
DrPH Student Nichole Murray Selected for USF Graduate School Doctoral Student Leadership Institute
Friday, November 18, 2011 The two-year Institute provides an opportunity for students to gain perspectives on effective leadership theories and practices from top university, industry and community leaders.
Faculty and Students to Shine at FABA 2011 Conference
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 An unprecedented number of faculty and students from the USF Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis will present their research.
Tampa Interbay Rotary Club Presents a Check to ABA Program to Benefit Autism Research and Treatment
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 The Tampa Interbay Rotary Club began Cycling Out Autism, with a focus on children, after learning the daunting facts. Autism affects 1 in 150 children - outpacing pediatric cancer, diabetes and aids combined. Yet autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many other childhood diseases. And there is no cure.
Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate from The Learning Academy at USF
Thursday, May 12, 2011 Students were exposed to real-life experiences including internships and peer mentoring, which provided increased opportunities for self-discovery and career exploration.
FCIC Announces a New Graduate-Level Course
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Stipends for Issues & Trends in Developmental Disabilities will be offered during the Summer Session C course.
Graduate Courses in Behavioral Health: 2011 Summer Semester Listing
Friday, January 28, 2011 Summer courses for the Graduate Studies in Behavioral Health Master and Doctoral programs are Women’s Mental Health, Homelessness: Implications for Behavioral Health, and Mental Health Informatics.
CFS Announces New Course: Issues & Trends in Developmental Disabilities
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 This interdisciplinary disability studies course will provide students with a  background in the history of disabilities and an overview of the impact of disabilities across the life span. View Flyer (pdf)
New for Spring Semester: On-line Graduate Certificate Program in PBS
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 As one of few in the nation, the USF Positive Behavior Support Certificate Program (PBS) will provide the skills necessary to conduct consultation for the support of individual children with intensive behavior challenges.
USF’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program Profiled by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County
Friday, April 3, 2009 Led by director Ray Miltenberger, PhD, a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), the program is part of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences in USF’s department of child and family studies.
ABA Students to Provide 30,000 Community Service Hours
Friday, October 12, 2007 In one year, 19 students in the Masters' Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provided more than 15,000 hours of needed services in the Tampa Bay community, and an additional 30,000 will be provided by the end of the 2008 summer semester. These hours are part of the practicum training required for certification.
Summer Field School Program Opens Community Doors: Graduate Students Gain Expertise in Actual Research Settings
Thursday, August 9, 2007 Faculty and USF graduate students have wrapped up an intensive training program aimed at assessing and ultimately improving the condition of current and future communities.
External Reviews Give High Marks to Collaborative Relationship Between USF's FMHI and COPH
Friday, December 8, 2006 For many years, CFS's Bruce Levin has worked with the College of Public Health (COPH) to develop degree programs with a concentration in behavioral health services.
New Director Announced for USF Master's Degree Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
Thursday, July 6, 2006 USF welcomes Raymond Miltenberger.
Enrollment Now Open: First-Ever Distance Learning Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 The course content is designed for individuals across the nation who wish to work with agencies and systems that serve children and families who have mental health needs.

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