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April1-7, 2024

Department of Criminology wins big at ACJS Annual Meeting

The Department of Criminology was awarded Program of the Year for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) National Criminal Justice Month Honors. Several faculty and students also participated in discussions at the conference and received scholarships and awards, including doctoral student Danielle Thomas (pictured), who was awarded the Dr. Regina B. Shearn Scholarship from Alpha Phi Sigma.

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Rightpath researchers present at TESOL convention

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Researchers from the USF Rightpath Research and Innovation Center were among presenters at the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Convention & Expo. This conference is aimed at providing programs, tools, and resources needed to advance expertise in English language teaching.

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CBCS students awarded at 2024 Graduate Research Symposium

Multiple CBCS students participated in USF's 2024 Graduate Research Symposium, and three doctoral students were selected as winners for their oral and poster presentations. Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders students Dimitri Brunelle and Celine Davis, as well as School of Aging Studies student Cassidy Doyle (pictured), were awarded for their research presentations. Read more.

alpha phi sigma induction ceremony

Criminology students inducted into prestigious criminal justice honor society

Thirty-six undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society. This was the first induction ceremony hosted by Colby Valentine, PhD, and Amber Oderinde, MS. New and current members of the chapter were invited. Read more.

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Students receive scholarships to support undergraduate research

Seven CBCS students were selected as recipients of scholarships funded by The Moms Project and the Florida High Tech Corridor. The undergraduate students were honored at a luncheon last week, attended by one of the original moms of The Moms Project, 103-year-old Ellen Nizzi. Read more.

USF SWS Civic Health Fellows

Social Work Society members named VOT-ER Civic Health Fellows

Four members of the USF Social Work Society, Jacqueline Houston, Pedro Mejia-Serrano, Jordan Flatt, and Anice Altema, have been named VOT-ER Civic Health Fellows for the 2024 cohort. The formation of this team is the Social Work Society's most recent legislative initiative, which will run from April through November. VOT-ER is a non-partisan, national nonprofit organization working to integrate civic engagement into healthcare. Read more.

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School of Social Work participates in pride parade in Ybor

Amidst the sea of rainbows and jubilant atmosphere of Tampa Pride, the USF School of Social Work made its mark, marching proudly alongside thousands in the 2024 Tampa Pride Parade. At the USF School of Social Work vendor booth, they extended warm greetings to all, fostering meaningful connections, promoting all the program offerings in CBCS and showcased their dedication to fostering an inclusive society where every voice is heard, valued, and welcome. Read more.

CBCS in the News

Understanding the Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Health: Insights from the Achieve Study


"Dr. Vicky Sanchez, one of the principal investigators of the Achieve Study from the University of South Florida, joined ISF to discuss these groundbreaking findings."

How to combat dementia

WTSP (CBS) Tampa

"Joining us with more is one of the study's principal investigator, Dr. Vicky Sanchez from right down the street at the University of South Florida. So Dr. Sanchez, thanks so much for joining us."

FL set to spend $1.5 billion in variety of health care programs; here’s where the funds would go

Florida Phoenix

“USF would also get an additional $5,000,000 to establish the Florida Center for Behavioral Health Workforce to produce research and policy analysis and create best practices for the training of mental health professionals.”

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: ABC it’s Easy as…: Clarifying the Development of Alphabet Knowledge in Preschool Populations

Student: Lauren Arielle McKeever, MS, CCC-SLP

Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Date: Friday, April 5, 2024

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: MHC 1635 & Microsoft Teams (Meeting ID: 252 754 071 727 Passcode: 7MhPzh)

Research Roundup

Kristin Kosyluk

Kristin Kosyluk, PhD (MHLP)

Life Unites Us: Tampa Bay Prevention and Stigma Reduction Campaign Evaluation

Sponsor: Live Tampa Bay


Amount: $55,536

Live Tampa Bay (LTB) will be introducing a data-informed approach to community stigma reduction in Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. LTB will create social awareness and positive contact by engaging those in recovery around their stories of recovery. LTB will combine these stories with educational interventions to increase impact. LTB will record 200 stories of those who have been impacted by the overdose epidemic and are either in recovery or have lost a loved one. These stories will be shared via social media (boosted and organic reach), pre-roll, television, and on a website through the member platform. Kristin Kosyluk (PI of this evaluation contract), Svetlana Yampolskaya (Co-I), and Connie Walker (Co-I) are conducting the evaluation of the stigma reduction campaign. Of those who are reached by the campaign videos, we expect those who view the campaign to feel more prepared to talk with others about stigma against OUD, have a greater understanding of opioid addiction as a medical illness and medication as an effective way to treat OUD, have a greater willingness to purchase/obtain naloxone to revive an overdosing person, and have a reduction in desired social distance from people with OUD in comparison to those who are not exposed to the campaign

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace Course

Learn to attract and retain talent by creating a workplace culture that fosters wellness and allows for the free expression of issues related to employee's mental health, behavioral health, and addiction. Start the course today.

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This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF

April 5 | 7 p.m.

Music Concert Hall at the USF School of Music. 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL 33620

This Is My Brave - College Edition at the University of South Florida will be live on stage featuring USF students sharing stories about their lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction.

Join us in our movement to eliminate stigma and increase hope for college students. It’s okay not to be okay. Prepare to be inspired by this amazing cast of storytellers who are breaking barriers to end stigma!

Free tickets:

11th Annual Translational Research in Adolescent Substance Use (ITRE) Conference

April 9 | 9 a.m.

MHC 2625A & Microsoft Teams

The sessions profile the work of ITRE student scholars in their service learning projects, as well as national perspectives from experts in the field related to the latest science in alcohol and drug abuse prevention, intervention, and sustainability, with an added emphasis on translational research and evidence-based practices.

Accessibility Student Network - April 11 Event

Accessibility Student Network - One Bull Presents: Empowerment, Lived Student Experiences, Connection & Accessibility Discussion

April 11 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams

This discussion is open to all USF students, faculty, and staff interested in participating in an open conversation regarding ways we can work to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in all areas of campus life. This discussion will start a conversation surrounding the lived experiences and needs of students with disabilities, faculty and staff experiences working with students with disabilities, and identify beneficial disability awareness topics for future educational events. Register today.

Caregiving for the Caregiver to Provide Better Care

April 12 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites

The conference will include sessions on coping strategies,

advance care planning, medical and health issues in

caregiving, and caregiver resilience and advocacy, as well as

a panel on resources from area agencies on aging and other community expert providers. Free chair massages will be offered by Moffitt Cancer Center to caregivers in attendance

on a first-to-sign-up basis.


Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards

School of Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards Reception

April 19 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams

Join the School of Aging Studies in recognizing internship preceptors, supervisors, and recipients of awards and scholarships.

Prison Pod Flyer

Prison Cell Immersive Experience

April 24 | noon - 3 p.m.

Tampa campus, parking lot E (next to SOC)

Did you know that 75% of Florida’s state prison housing

lacks air-conditioning? Step inside a model prison cell to feel the conditions inmates in most Florida prisons experience. Questions? Contact

2024 Spring Assembly Save the date

Spring 2024 CBCS Faculty & Staff Assembly

April 26 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams (New link)

Hear updates about the college from CBCS leadership. All CBCS faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in person.

Fiesta by the Bay 2024

Fiesta by the Bay for Autism

April 27 | 6 p.m.

USF Gibbons Alumni Center

The funds raised at Fiesta by the Bay help the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF provide free programs and projects throughout the year across 14 counties. There are many ways you can help make this year’s event a huge success. Contact Christine Rover at to find out ways you can help!

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