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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A Conceptual Framework for Developing and Implementing Effective Policy in Children’s Mental Health (2002) (2002)
This article presents a framework to be used in studying public policy development and implementation in children’s mental health.
Creating Change and Keeping it Real: How Excellent Child-serving Organizations Carry out their Goals: Cross-Site Findings for Phase I of Community Based Theories of Change (2002)
Community-Based Theories of Change is a national study funded by the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS-SAMHSA) and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research that is designed to address how human service organizations carry out their mission and goals, how they transfer their policy agendas across stakeholders, and how they sustain their service strategies over time. This report summarizes the cross-site findings of Community-Based Theories of Change and presents lessons learned across the three participating sites in 2002.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Recommendations for Improvement by State Mental Health Commissions (2002)
This report identifies and summarizes state views regarding efforts to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents, and their families.
Use of the System of Care Practice Review in the National Evaluation (2001)
This article describes the empirical support of the System of Care Practice Review (SOCPR), a methodology developed to measure the alignment between the principles of a system of care and mental health practices in a community setting. To test this approach, two communities with well-developed systems of care were compared on the SOCPR with two communities with less developed systems of care. Results indicate that the SOCPR was successful in differentiating between those communities that were able to implement systems of care principles into mental health practices from those who did not.
Overview of the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. (2001)
This lead article to the special issue of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders provides an overview of the methodology and status of the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, conducted by ORC Macro, Inc., in collaboration with the University of South Florida and other partners.
A Comparison of the Academic Progress of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and Students with Learning Disabilities. (2001)
This article presents findings from a study comparing academic progress over five years for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and students with learning disabilities. Factors related to academic achievement (attendance, behavior offenses, type of special education setting, school mobility and early retention) were examined as to their contribution to achievement over time for these two groups.
The Practice of Psychology with Children, Adolescents, and Their Families: A Look to the Future (2001)
This chapter reviews the changes that have been made in the children’s mental health field in the last two decades, and examines some of the challenges that the field now faces. It discusses such issues as systems of care, individualized care, financing of services, accountability, and evidence-based practice.
Improving the Quality of Community-Based Services for Children (2001)
This chapter considers the problem of assessing and improving the quality of intensive case management services for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance. It identifies the systemic factors contributing to quality services, details the intervention, and describes three methods that the effectiveness of the intervention were assessed.
Environmental Safety and Exposure to Violence of Inner City Children: Children in Psychiatric Crisis (2001)
The article details environmental safety and exposure to violence in a group of particularly vulnerable children ages 5-18. The approximately 300 children enrolled in this study resided in the Bronx, New York, and presented at a psychiatric emergency room in crisis. This study discusses these children’s level of exposure to violence and unsafe environments, as well as their ratings regarding feelings about safety. Two case studies are presented, along with implications of findings.
Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment. (2001)
This text discusses body focused repetitive behavior disorders with an emphasis on tic disorders and trichotillomania. Chapters focus on the analysis and treatment of these disorders.

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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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