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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Suicide Postvention Challenges for School Social Workers (2013)
School social workers and schools’ responses to a death by suicide are important to help reduce further suicidal behavior but are complicated when the death is not discussed as a death by suicide. This article presents some ethical challenges and best practice for school suicide postvention.
Effects of Fixed Versus Random Sequencing During Multi-element Functional Analyses (2013)
This article discusses a study conducted on fixed- and random-sequence functional assessments for 7 individuals with developmental disabilities to determine the relative effects that sequence may have on assessment outcomes.
Training Residential Staff to Conduct Trial-Based Functional Analyses (2013)
The authors taught six supervisors of a residential service provider for adults with developmental disabilities to train nine house managers to conduct trial-based functional analyses.
Effects of Fixed Versus Random Condition Sequencing during Multielement Functional Analyses (2013)
It has been suggested that a fixed condition sequence might facilitate differential responding during multielement functional analyses (FAs) by capitalizing on or limiting sequence effects (Iwata, Pace, et al., 1994); however, the effects of condition sequence have not been examined empirically. Authors conducted fixed- and random-sequence FAs for 7 individuals with developmental disabilities to determine the relative effects that sequence may have on assessment outcomes.
Relationships Between Stressors and Parenting Attitudes in a Child Welfare Parenting Program (2013)
This study sought to explore the family stressors in parents involved in the child welfare system who have been referred to an intensive therapeutic parenting program, and the relationship of those stressors to change in parenting attitudes.
Promoting Cross-Sector Partnerships in Child Welfare: Qualitative Results from a Five-State Strategic Planning Process (2013)
Implications for conducting strategic planning in jurisdictions seeking to improve public/private partnerships are discussed.
Adaptations to a Functional Behavior Assessment with a Spanish-Speaking Preschooler: A Data-Based Case Study (2013)
Dual Language Learners (DLLs) are a growing population in the U.S. school system and increasing numbers of DLLs are referred for the assessment and treatment of problem behaviors. This article documents adaptations and considerations for a culturally and linguistically responsive, as well as effective assessment and intervention.
Provider Perspectives on Involving Families in Children’s Residential Psychiatric Care (2013)
Over time, residential mental health treatment programs for youth with serious emotional and behavioral disorders have shifted to a more family-focused paradigm that stresses the importance of family involvement during children's psychiatric care. Findings are presented from an in-depth qualitative examination of the factors that facilitate and hinder family involvement as well as expectations for family involvement from the perspective of providers at five residential youth treatment facilities in Florida.
Evaluation of Behavioral Skills Training for Teaching Functional Assessment and Treatment Selection Skills to Parents (2013)
Scant research has addressed the issue of teaching parents to conduct a functional assessment and design a treatment for problem behavior. The present study utilized behavioral skills training to teach parents how to conduct ABC recording, write a summary statement based on the data collected, and make appropriate treatment choices.
Teaching sexual abuse prevention skills to children (2013)
Adolescent and child sexuality is studied by developmental psychologists from a research perspective and is of interest to forensic psychologists dealing with abuse and custody issues as well as rape cases. In many cases, it is of interest whether the child in question was sexually active to understand the extent to which an underage minor might have voluntarily participated in sexual activity as opposed to having been coerced. Previously, researchers interested in the applications of their research needed to look to separate books, and forensic specialists needed to look to development books to find the information they may have needed. This handbook provides both audiences with the related information they need.

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Publication Highlights

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.

Fourth Year ABA Doctoral Students have Long List of Research Accomplishments!

How productive are our PhD students? Just take a look at our fourth year ABA doctoral student research accomplishments!  Great work Bryon Miller, Lindsey Slattery, Leslie Singer, Mallory Quinn, Sindy Sanchez and Diego Valbuena!

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