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Feb. 12-18, 2024

CBCS Internal Grant Award recipients announced


Three assistant professors have been awarded the CBCS Internal Grant for the fall 2023 semester. Nik Lampe, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, and Michelle Kapolowicz, PhD, and Gerald Imaezue, PhD, represent the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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MFT program launches new partnership with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital

2023 MFT graduates

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) MS program has formed a new partnership with the James A. Haley Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Training program. This partnership is one of only six in the nation. The partnership will provide four paid internships for MFT students with a tentative acceptance of the program growing to eight paid positions next year.

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Social work faculty give high school seniors insight on future careers

The School of Social Work recently participated in a high school outreach event, hosting 25 seniors who are in the Tampa Bay Technical High School Academy of Health Professions. During the two-day workshop, the students learned about the flexibility of the social work profession, how social workers interact with other health professions, child welfare work, ethical dilemmas, and how to recognize signs of stress/burnout and ways to cope.

CBCS judges

CBCS faculty and staff judge Hillsborough County STEM Fair

Howard Goldstein, PhD; Amy Gierhahn, MA; Jack Drobisz, PhD; Marie Sepulveda, MS, CCC-SLP; Dasha Rhodes, PhD, LMSW; and Michelle Arnold, AuD, PhD, served as judges at the 2024 Hillsborough Regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fair at the Tampa Convention Center. The judges reviewed posters in the behavioral and social sciences category and discussed the posters with the presenters. Read more.

social work CALM presentation

Social Work team presents at FASSW conference

Assistant Professor Jennifer Roth, MSW, LCSW, staff members Lou Hernandez, MSW, RCSWI, and Petya Figuiredo, and social work students Keshanie Torrence and Sonia Pitts presented on Corner for a Little Mindfulness (CALM) at the 76th Annual Virtual Conference of the Florida Association of School Social Workers (FASSW). The group discusses CALM's approach to self-care tools and navigating burnout.

CBCS in the News

FBI warns of increase in financially-motivated sextortion cases

WCPO (ABC) Cincinnati

“‘You need to have conversations with your children about the threat landscape and stranger danger,’ said Dr. C. Jordan Howell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida.”

Campus Insider | February 2024

USF News Sarasota-Manatee

"One of USF's exhibits will also feature the Department of Criminology and Sarasota-Manatee Assistant Professor C. Jordan Howell. Tickets are available now."

Can true crime help victims of crime?


"Dr. Dawn K. Cecil is a professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. She agrees that some victims find comfort in true crime, especially because modern media has made the..."

CBCS Bylines

Cybercrime victims who aren’t proficient in English are undercounted – and poorly protected

The Conversation

By Fawn Ngo, PhD

“People in the U.S. with limited English proficiency are particularly vulnerable to cybercrime.”


Hoffman, C. J., Howell, C. J., Perkins, R. C., Maimon, D., & Antonaccio, O. (2024). Predicting new hackers’ criminal careers: A group-based trajectory approach. Computers & Security, 137. doi:10.1016/j.cose.2023.103649 

Ford, S., Blair, K. S. C., Iovannone, R., & Kwak, D. (2024). Implementation of the prevent-teach-reinforce model for elementary school students needing intensive behavior intervention. Behavioral Sciences, 14(2). doi:10.3390/bs14020093 

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: Multiple Shots to Understanding Gun Violence

Student: Lexi Gill

Program: Criminology

Date: Monday, February 19 

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: SOC 302 & Microsoft Teams (Email for a Teams invitation.)

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

MHWW Course Cover Photo

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.

Fox and Verona book

CJRP Celebrates Verona and Fox's New Book

Feb. 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.

CWY, second floor

The Center for Justice Research and Policy is having a book event to celebrate the release of Edelyn Verona and Bryanna Fox's new book, "Routledge Handbook of Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Practices.”

EOL Center

Call for Applications: EOL Center Pilot Grant

Deadline: Feb. 16 | 5 p.m. EST

The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies pilot grant application is live and can be completed online here. The pilot funds are $25,000 for one year of funding to commence shortly after funding decisions are made in spring 2024 for faculty or community partners; for students the funding will begin in the fall 2024 semester. Apply now.

Marianne Chanti-Ketterl

School of Aging Studies Distinguished Alumni Lecture “Cognitive Trajectories; A Life Course Approach”

Feb. 23 | 1:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium

Marianne Chanti-Ketterl is a 2015 graduate of the PhD in aging studies program at USF. Her research deals with the epidemiology of cognitive aging, largely focusing on the intersection between life course environmental, biological, and sociocultural factors associated with risk of cognitive decline.


Submit your nominations for the 2024 Deans Awards!

Deadline: Feb. 28

Submit your nominations for the 2024 Dean’s Awards. Faculty awards include the Outstanding Research Award, Outstanding Teaching Awards (an award will be given to a tenure track faculty in addition to a non-tenure track/instructor), the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (must be tenure track for a full academic year), and the Outstanding Service Award. Student awards include the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award.

Nominations are due to Nicoleta Zenn ( by Feb. 28. Click here for more info.

Lechago virtual training

Virtual Training in Effective Supervision Practices

in Clinical and Education Settings

March 18 | 10 a.m. - noon

Microsoft Teams

Learn about effective supervision practices in clinical and education settings from Sarah A. Lechago, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, an associate professor of behavior analysis at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

RSVP by March 1 here.

2024 SAS Preceptors and Awards Reception

School of Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards Reception

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

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

2024 Spring Assembly Save the date

Spring 2024 CBCS Faculty & Staff Assembly

April 24 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams

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

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