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March 18-24, 2024

Rep Castor Tip Lab Press Conference by Clifford McBride

TIP Lab receives nearly $3 million in federal support to build and enhance anti-trafficking tools

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Risk to Resilience Research Lab is moving forward with the creation of powerful new resources to combat human trafficking and aid victims after receiving nearly $3 million from the 2024 federal spending package. The funds will go toward the development of a statewide database to assist law enforcement in human trafficking investigations and the expansion of an online platform to provide critical resources to survivors, such as housing and mental health, as they transition into a new life. Read more.

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Criminology faculty and students serve as panelists in Human Trafficking Investigations Symposium

Criminology Professor Joan Reid, PhD, and PhD students Caralin Branscum and Klejdis Bilali participated in a human trafficking expert panel for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Human Trafficking Investigations Symposium in Brunswick, Georgia. The panel recorded a discussion on the implications of trauma bonding between victims and traffickers on human trafficking investigations in a session titled, “Breaking Invisible Bonds: Navigating the Challenges of Trauma Bonding in Human Trafficking Investigations.” Read more.

Media training offered to USF faculty

Learn how to maximize your exposure through the media and across USF platforms. USF University Communications and Marketing (UCM) will be hosting faculty media trainings in March and April that will include best practices in a variety of areas - from working with reporters to framing expertise for a general audience. The two-part training is aimed at helping faculty grow more confident in speaking about research with the media. 

Part 1 will be held on Friday, March 29 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Microsoft Teams and can be accessed here. (Note: The Part 1 session will be similar to the UCM Faculty Media Training events hosted in 2023.) Part 2, which will be offered in-person only on the Tampa campus on Tuesday, April 9 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., will be an interactive session focusing on topics such as crafting messages, speaking in soundbites, and camera presence. Space for Part 2 is limited to 25 participants and participants must have attended Part 1 of the Faculty Media Training sessions that occurred during the 2023-2024 academic year. Faculty may email Tina Meketa, USF director of news content and production, at to RSVP for Part 2.

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Behavioral healthcare graduate shares research findings at SEPA Annual Meeting

Zena Rodill, a recent behavioral healthcare graduate and former Summer Research Institute scholar, presented her poster, “Parent perspectives on cannabis use and mental health symptoms among their young adult sons in the U.S.,” at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) meeting in Orlando. SEPA is the largest psychological organization in the southeast, aiming to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. Rodill will join the Behavioral and Community Sciences PhD program this fall, mentored by Kathleen Moore, PhD.

CBCS in the News

Two recent celebrity diagnoses put the spotlight on Aphasia & Frontotemporal Dementia


"Kristina Kelley, Clinic Director for the Department of Communication Sciences Disorders at USF, joins us to explain the neurological disorders and the treatment at prognosis for patients."

USF's human trafficking research lab gets nearly $3 million grant to jumpstart statewide database

FOX 13

"The federal government awarded the University of South Florida $3 million for their human trafficking research lab as researchers work to find out the full scope of the crisis in Florida."

USF receives nearly $3M in funding for anti-trafficking research tools


"The University of South Florida’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Risk to Resilience Research Lab has received nearly $3 million in federal funding for the creation of new anti-human trafficking resources and victim aid, the university..."

Congresswoman secures $5.5 million for St. Pete projects

St. Pete Catalyst

"USFSP’s Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) Risk to Resilience Research Lab will use the Community Grant funding to develop a statewide data repository called TIPSTR."


Fiscella, A. J., & Andel, R. (2024). The association between physical activity, obesity, and cognition in middle-aged and older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 1–11. doi:10.1123/japa.2022-0243

Peterson, L. J., Hackett, S. E., Dobbs, D., & Haley, W. E. (2024). Dementia caregivers’ perspectives on disaster preparedness: Barriers, resources, and recommendations. The Gerontologist, 64(3). doi:10.1093/geront/gnad076

Rigg, K. K., Weiner, M. A., & Kusiak, E. S. (2024). Patterns of polydrug use among Black Americans who misuse opioids. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. doi:10.1007/s11414-024-09878-3

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: Osteoarthritis, social role participation, and satisfaction with life: A quantitative study informed by the Social Identity Model of Identity Change (SIMIC)

Student: Stephanie E. Rosado

Program: Social Work

Date: Friday, March 22, 2024

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: MHC 1442

Title: Examining Childhood Trauma and Substance Use Problems among Justice-involved Adolescents in Florida

Student: Skye Bristol

Program: Behavioral and Community Sciences

Date: Friday, March 22, 2024

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: MSC 4200 & Microsoft Teams (Meeting ID: 267 832 961 925 Passcode: v2FatD)

Research Roundup

Kathleen Moore, PhD (MHLP)

NAMI Sarasota/Manatee Parent for Parent (P4P) Evaluation

Sponsor: Florida Institute for Child Welfare


Amount: $108,239

In collaboration with Florida State University’s Florida Institute of Child Welfare and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota/Manatee’s Parent for Parent (P4P) program, the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida will conduct a process and client outcome evaluation, including a mixed-methods approach. P4P is an early engagement and education program for parents involved in the child welfare system and run by parent allies or parents previously involved in child welfare who successfully resolved safety concerns that led to their involvement in the system. The program provides parents with information, support, and hope during one of the most challenging times in their lives and helps shift parental attitudes from anger to acknowledgment and acceptance. Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected from program key stakeholders and participants through semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Additional programmatic data will be collected through program and document review.

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.

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).

Special Enlightenment Series

Special Enlightenment Series: SB 266 Guidance to Navigate Higher Education

March 19 | noon -1 p.m.

Microsoft Teams

Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Gerard D. Solis will facilitate the conversation. Register to attend at

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The Importance of Self-Advocacy

March 28 | noon - 1:30 p.m.


This informational webinar will discuss what self-advocacy is, the benefits of self-advocacy, practical tips on how people with developmental disabilities can advocate for themselves, and more! The goal of this webinar is to empower people with disabilities with the confidence to begin communicating their wants and needs and to make informed decisions in every area of their lives. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are especially encouraged to attend, although all are welcome.

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Call for Nominations: CBCS Student & Employee Awards

Deadline: March 29

The CBCS Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) award recognizes one Federal Work Study student/student assistant, and one graduate assistant for their achievements and contributions to the department. The CBCS Recognition Award Program (RAP) program recognizes individual administrative, staff, and OPS/temporary employees within CBCS for their extraordinary achievement in the workplace.

Click here to complete your nomination for the RAP award, and click here to complete your nomination for the SEOTY award.

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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:

Caregiver Conference

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.

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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