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Feb. 19-25, 2024

CFS associate professor invited to meet ambassador of France to the U.S.

Tammy Smith

Tammy Jorgensen Smith, PhD, CRC, an associate professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program, was invited to meet with the ambassador of France to the United States, Laurent Bili. Smith was also invited to meet with President Carl Jubran, PhD, and the board of trustees of The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM) Institute for American Universities (IAU), ACM-IAU alumni and staff, and colleagues in international education.

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Social work assistant professor of instruction helps establish USF Pride ERG

David Kilmnick

Thanks to School of Social Work Assistant Professor of Instruction David Kilmnick, PhD, MSW, the USF Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG): LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Association has been approved and officially established. Kilmnick is the contact with USF Human Resources and serves on the leadership team working with faculty from the Muma College of Business and USF Health.

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USF social work students in Tallahassee

USF students participate in macro social work experience

Sixty-one USF social work students traveled to Tallahassee for Legislative Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD), where they presented at a training, listened in on committee meetings, and met with legislators. Read more.

SLP and ITT Students work together

CSD students team up in collaborative workshop

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) interpreter training (ITT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate students participated in the department's first SLP-ASL Interpreting Interprofessional Practice In-Service. The students worked together on a mock treatment plan and therapy session. They then did a demonstration of a treatment activity and discussed how they problem-solved the logistics and nuances of working together. Read more.

Student speaks with field placement representative

Students explore field experience opportunities at CRMHC fair

At the field placement fair, students learned about the partnerships the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC) program has with private practices, non-profit agencies, and federal and state government organizations in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and surrounding areas. Read more.

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Social work faculty and students participate in Activist Lab Bootcamp

Students and faculty in the School of Social Work recently participated in the 6th Annual College of Public Health Activist Lab Bootcamp. Associate in Research Chris Groeber, MSW, led the Suicide Prevention for BIPOC Youth group. Associate Professor Jerome Galea, PhD, LCSW, as well as Jacqueline Houston, an Activist Lab Student Advisory Board member, helped facilitate the bootcamp, which focused on suicide prevention policy. Read more.

CBCS in the News

Lawmakers OK behavioral health teaching hospitals

Fernandina Beach News Leader & Tampa Bay Business Journal

"It also, for example, would establish the Florida Center for Behavioral Health Workforce at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute within the University of South Florida."

Rewritten Baker and Marchman acts bill unanimously clears House Health Committee

The Florida Bar

"...provide data on children who undergo involuntary examinations and adults who are high users of crisis stabilization services to the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute within the University of South Florida."

USF ranks among the top 15 public universities in new patents

USF News

"College of Behavioral and Community Sciences faculty members William Diehl Kearns, Kimberly Crosland and James L. Fozard, along with Jeffrey Craighead, lead scientist at SoarTech, patented a new medication box that improves patients’ medication adherence."


Cividini-Motta, C., Livingston, C., & Efaw, H. (2024). Systematic review of differential reinforcement in skill acquisition. Behavior Analysis in Practice.


Lampe, N. M., & Pfeffer, C. A. (2024). “We grow older. We also have lots of sex. I just want a doctor who will at least ask about it.”: Transgender, non-binary, and intersex older adults in sexual and reproductive healthcare. Social Science & Medicine. doi:j.socscimed.2024.116572

Yampolskaya, S., Sowell, C., Walker-Egea, C., Hanak-Coulter, J., & Pecora, P. J. (2024). Family Intensive Treatment for child welfare involved caregivers with substance misuse issues: Safety, permanency and well-being outcomes. Clinical Social Work Journal. doi:10.1007/s10615-023-00917-8

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: Sociocultural Factors, Definitions and Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Among Latina and Hispanic Women

Student: Vanessa Centelles, MA

Program: Criminology

Date: Monday, March 4, 2024

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: SOC 302 & Microsoft Teams (Contact for the link.)

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.

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.

Laura Curran Colloquium

Department of Mental Health Law and Policy Colloquium by a Candidate for a Faculty Position

Feb. 23 | 2-3 p.m.

SMC B226

Laura Curran, PhD, will present "Maternal Health Matters: Navigating the Challenges of Treatment and Policy for Substance Use During Pregnancy."


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.

Castle Lecture Flyer

School of Aging Studies Policy Series Lecture: “The CoreQ Survey: Developing a measure of resident and family satisfaction with nursing homes and assisted living communities"

March 18 | 1 p.m.

MHC 1739

Hear from Nicholas Castle, PhD, MHA, FGSA, chair and professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Leadership at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. Castle's areas of expertise include long-term care, epidemiology of aging, health systems improvement, occupational health, and obesity.

Those who are not members of the School of Aging Studies are encouraged to RSVP to Jim Scull (, 813-974-241).

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.

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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