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CFS's Making Connections Team Raising Funds and Awareness for Men's Mental Health
Monday, November 19, 2018

The entire Making Connections Evaluation team from the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and CFS have committed to walk 60 miles in recognition of the Movember Foundation’s focus on men's health. While doing so, they hope to raise $600 dollars for the Foundation, which encourages running or walking 60 miles to recognize the 60 men lost to suicide each hour, every hour.

Dr. Trina Spencer Trains Specialists to Work with Children with Autism in Minsk, Belarus
Thursday, November 8, 2018 Dr. Spencer, from the USF Rightpath Research and Innovation Center, recently traveled to Minsk, Belarus as part of a humanitarian group to help build capacity of Belarusians’ to work with young children with autism.
USF Part of $32.6 Million Grant for Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Friday, November 2, 2018 While the Center has been funded consistently since 1997, it will now begin a fifth five-year cycle of federal funding with the largest amount ever allocated for its efforts.
Dr. William Kearns Invited Speaker for Conferences on Aging in China and South Korea
Monday, October 29, 2018 Both programs featured cutting-edge products and services related to the field of gerontechnology.
Mindy Stevens, Director at CARD-USF, Moderated a Panel Discussion for WEDU Public Media
Friday, October 26, 2018 The panel discussion for WEDU Public Media at the Glazer Children's Museum concerned the impact of PBS shows and others for children with autism.
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.

Dr. Karen Berkman on WUSF: Autistic Children Face Medicaid Snags For Therapy
Friday, October 19, 2018 Karen Berkman, the executive director for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida, said ABA is widely used to help people with autism control harmful behaviors and learn to communicate better.
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.
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.

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