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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Fostering Resilience among Couples Coparenting a Young Child with Autism: An Evaluation of Together We Are Stronger (2019)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a 4-week caregiver training program designed to promote resilience among couples raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Seven couples with a child between the ages of 3 and 9 completed a group-based training focused on values, communication, coparenting, and managing stress.
Final Report: Evaluation of Specialized Treatment Programs for Dually Served Youth (2019)
In February 2018, DCF contracted with the University of South Florida to conduct an independent evaluation of specialized treatment programs.
Addressing the Need for Progress in Special Education: Understanding Endrew F. and the Role of School Psychologists (2019)
 This paper addresses the history of IDEA, its connection with FAPE, and discuss the seminal cases of Rowley and Endrew F. and their implications for IEP teams. Considerations and recommendations for addressing FAPE for students will be provided, focusing on implications for the IEP, Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs).
Using Data to Support Educators’ Implementation of Positive Classroom Behavior Support (PCBS) Practices (2019)
This paper discusses the types and purposes of data to guide decision-making, describe a cycle for collecting and using data, and share examples of how individual educators and school leadership teams use data to guide implementation of practices to support students and systems to support educators.
Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program Evaluation (2019)
This report presents results of an evaluation of Family Support Services (FSS) provided by six Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agencies in Florida.
Randomization Procedures for Changing Criterion Designs (2019)
The purpose of this study was to develop and illustrate methods that incorporate randomization into the design and analysis of changing criterion designs (CCDs).
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.

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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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