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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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.
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.
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Predictors of Self-Rated Health: Findings from the Survey of Older Floridians (2013)
This study examined how self-rated health was influenced by sociodemographic characteristics, physical health indicators, and sociocultural resources among four racial/ethnic groups of older adults.
Evaluating curricular influence on preparation for practice, career outcomes, and job satisfaction (2013)
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. However, limited research has been conducted regarding the nature of cultural and linguistic influences on functional behavior assessment (FBA) and intervention. We conducted an FBA and intervention with a 4-year-old Spanish-speaking male preschooler in a Head Start setting referred for aggression and social deficits. We documented adaptations and considerations for a culturally and linguistically responsive, as well as effective assessment and intervention. Results indicated that these adaptations appeared beneficial and problem behaviors reduced during session and across the day. Recommendations for practice and future research are provided.
Telemedicine (2013)
Telemedicine (i.e., the provision of health care from a distance) has been applied in health care settings for a long time and includes a wide variety of approaches.
Telecounseling for the Linguistically Isolated: A Pilot Study With Older Korean Immigrants (2013)
This pilot study tested the use of telehealth technology in providing access to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services.
Assessing Preference for Social Interactions (2013)
This study examined a procedure to assess preference for social interactions in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Characteristics Related to Family Involvement in Youth Residential Mental Health Treatment. (2013)
This study examined family involvement among youth in residential mental health treatment facilities in Florida.

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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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