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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Needs and Experiences of Youth Aging Out of the Child Welfare Prepaid Mental Health Plan (2012)
This study examined the needs and experiences of youth served under the CW-PMHP who are aging out of the foster care system and transitioning to adulthood by gaining the perspective of foster parents who care for them and the CW-PMHP service providers for this age group.
Using the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce Model with Families of Young Children with ASD (2012)
This study was conducted to examine the feasibility and potential efficacy of implementing an adapted, family-centered version of the school-based prevent-teach- reinforce (PTR) model.
Effective Strategies for the Inclusion of Children With Autism in General Education Classrooms (2012)
Successful inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in general education classrooms can be challenging and may require additional supports. This article provides information on recent trends in autism intervention research and a review of research that has addressed individualized and systemic interventions for promoting inclusion.
“If We’re Going to Change Things, It Has to Be Systemic:” Systems Change in Children's Mental Health (2012)
This paper explores the concept of "systemic" in the context of systems of care. Systems theory is used to understand strategies of purposeful systems change undertaken by stakeholders in established system of care communities. The paper presents a conceptual model of systems change for systems of care that is grounded in data from a national study of system of care implementation (Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, 2004).
An Innovative Clerkship Module Focused on Patients With Disabilities (2012)
This article describes one novel training module regarding people with disabilities that was developed at the University of South Florida Health, Morsani College ofMedicine (USF) and inserted into the primary care clerkship during a major curriculum redesign in 2005.
Families And Communities Together Presents: A Data Framework for Addressing the Needs of Seminole County’s Children, Youth & Families. KNOW THE FACTS. (2012)
As a federally funded system of care site, Families And Communities Together has access to a broad array of national technical assistance and training, including a contractual agreement with the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, to conduct national and local evaluations. This report, produced by Florida KIDS COUNT, provides facts and figures on the Seminole County population under age 19.
Youth Suicide Prevention School-based Guide: 2012 Edition (2012)
Designed to provide accurate, user-friendly information for school administrators, staff, and faculty, the Guide is now available online and printed copies can be purchased.
Compound Caregivers: Overlooked and Overburdened (2011)
This white paper, authored by Dr. Elizabeth Perkins, discusses the challenges encountered by older caregivers of adults with intellectual disabilities when they are simultaneously caregiving for other aging family members.
Arizona’s Children’s System of Care Practice Review: Fiscal Year 2010 Statewide Report (2011)
The System of Care Practice Review (SOCPR) was implemented in FY2010 as the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services’ practice review method of choice in Arizona.
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Reports (2011)
During the last decade, the Medicaid program has become an increasingly important element of the mental health treatment system in Florida.

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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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