Faculty & Staff


Publications in our database are reports and resource materials produced within the Department of Child and Family Studies, as well as recent journal articles authored by CFS faculty. To view a more thorough listing of recent books, book chapters and articles written or edited by CFS faculty, view our Impact Reports or individual faculty vitas. You may also view the publications by topic on the right of this page.

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Postsecondary Education and Employment for Youth With Autism: Preliminary Results From a Customized Transition Program (2019)
This primary objective of this article, published in Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education/Special Issue on Emerging Disabilities, is to provide an overview of a customized transition program, The Learning Academy (TLA), for students with autism.
Defining the Word Bullying: Inconsistencies and Lack of Clarity Among Current Definitions (2019)
The authors briefly review the core elements (i.e., components) of bullying reported in the literature and synthesize the varying definitions of bullying offered by researchers, federal legislation, state legislation, school district policy, school staff members, students, and parents. In addition, the authors discuss factors that are thought to influence individuals’ definitions of bullying. Last, the impact that inconsistent and unclear definitions of bullying may have on assessment and interventions for bullying is considered and future directions are described.
Development of a Dual Language Narrative Curriculum:Graphical Abstract of Report (2018)
This research project is based on the knowledge that early oral language skills lay the foundation for later reading comprehension and academic success. Young Spanish-speaking English learners, with limited English language, are at risk for academic difficulty. Early and intensive language promotion that builds upon their Spanish language foundation can help prepare English learners for school success and foster bilingualism, which can lead to increased social, vocational and economic opportunities.
Early History, Mealtime Environment, and Parental Views on Mealtime and Eating Behaviors among Children with ASD in Florida (2018)
This study was a cross-sectional study to examine problematic mealtime behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Florida. Forty-one parents completed a 48-item survey.
The Landfill Is Full: Breaking the Data-Dumping Model (2018)
Students at risk for behavioral difficulties have unique needs that affect their academic, behavioral, and social skills. Many of these students are served in various educational settings, possibly transitioning back and forth from traditional schools to alternative settings. As they transition, there is a chance that the students' behavioral data will not follow them to and from education settings. This study explores systems that are used for tracking students' behavioral data within alternative settings and the transition to traditional public schools. A survey was administered to district staff to ascertain the processes in place for the transition of students and their data between alternative education settings and traditional public schools. Survey results are discussed, school exemplars are presented, and implications for future research and practice at the district level are suggested.
2018 Florida Counties Child Well-Being Index (2018)
The 2018 Index emulates the annual ranking of states published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that compares child well-being on 16 indicators in the areas of Economic Well-Being, Education, Health as well as Family and Community.
Welcome to ISG’s 11th World Conference of Gerontechnology (2018)
This issue of Gerontechnology provides abstract of the scientific program of the 11th World Conference, held in St. Petersburg, FL in May of 2018. It serve as a permanent record of the individuals and groups who presented at the conference, their ideas, and the state-of-the-art of the field of gerontechnology in 2018.
Introduction to Public Health in Pharmacy, 2nd Edition, 2018 (2018)
Co-Edited by CFS's Associate Professor Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH, MPH. Written in accordance with the latest guidelines from the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education, this textbook offers an accessible introduction for pharmacy students and a comprehensive refresher for pharmacists already in practice.
Targeting Caregivers to Improve Health Behaviors in Pediatric Cancer Survivors with Obesity (2018)
Obesity rates in pediatric cancer survivors (PCS) are alarmingly high. Although healthy lifestyle changes may prevent future health complications, promoting healthy behaviors in PCS is challenging, and few interventions have successfully addressed this issue.
Florida District Legislative Profiles: Senate (2018)
These district profiles let leaders know what we can do better for all of Florida’s kids to:ensure access to quality healthcare, early childhood education and housing;support prevention programs beginning with prenatal mothers and extending through teen years in preventing contacts with and promoting diversion from juvenile justice; and support families to get better job skills and education.

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Publication Highlights

CFS Faculty and Staff Publish Article on Neurodiversity in HR Florida Review Magazine

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

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

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.

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