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March 11-17, 2024

Special Enlightenment Series

Register for the Special Enlightenment Series: SB 266 Guidance to Navigate Higher Education

USF Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Gerard D. Solis will facilitate a conversation on SB 266. The discussion will be held March 19 at noon on Microsoft Teams.

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Social work associate professor joins USAID as mental health coordinator

Jerome Galea

Jerome Galea, PhD, LCSW, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, has joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the agency's mental health coordinator. In this position, Galea works to promote the integration of mental health and psychosocial support practices throughout the agency, and leads engagement with global partners, partner governments, donors, philanthropy, and local organizations.

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Aging studies PhD student defends dissertation

Britney Veal and examining committee

Britney Veal, a PhD student in the School of Aging Studies, successfully defended her dissertation. Her doctoral dissertation was titled "Determining Factors for Retirement and Change in Cognition." Veal's research interests include modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline including Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

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MSW students win USF Health CLARION Competition

Two Master of Social Work (MSW) students, Pedro Serrano-Mejia and Sydni Smith, were members of the winning team of this year’s USF Health local CLARION Case Competition. Their presentation was titled, "Vida Connect - Addressing Health Disparities, Pandemic Preparedness, and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Dakota County, MN School System." The winning team received $2,500 in scholarship money and will represent USF Health at the national CLARION in-person competition at the University of Minnesota on April 13. Read more.

CBCS in the News

New state budget includes operational funding increases, significant support for USF projects

USF News

"$3.9 million for a joint project between the College of Nursing and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences designed to both lower opioids..."

A man killed his wife and himself at a St. Petersburg assisted living facility. Why?

Tampa Bay Times

"... , said Dr. Donna Cohen, a professor emeritus at the University of South Florida. Cohen said there are roughly 1,500 homicide-suicides each ..."

How age-friendly universities can improve the second half of life

The Conversation

"Other schools, such as the University of South Florida, emphasize the importance of engaging older adults in research. This includes conducting research at their Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies."


Callejas, L., Jones, N., Watson, A., & Marino, M. (2024). A county-level case study of early psychosis in the context of a hybrid juvenile competency restoration and mental health problem-solving court and linkage to coordinated specialty care services. Community Mental Health Journal, Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10597-024-01252-z

Elcoro, M., Flores, A., Jimenez-Gomez, C., Angelucci, L., Burgos, J. E., Contreras, E., Correa, J. C., Csoban, E., Hernández, G., Lacasella, R., Peña Torbay, G., & Yáber, G. (2024). Behavior analysis in Venezuela: An unrecognized legacy. Behavior Analysis in Practice. doi:10.1007/s40617-024-00919-z 

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: Cross-System Strategic Planning: An Exploratory Analysis of Sequential Intercept Mapping

Student: Timothy Freeman Gerhardt

Program: Behavioral and Community Sciences

Date: Monday, March 18, 2024

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Zoom (Meeting ID: 811 7284 5518 Passcode: 031824)

Research Roundup

Tracy Payne

Tracy Payne Jordan, PhD (CFS)

National Autism Spectrum Disorder Community of Research and Practice, NASD-CORP

Sponsor: Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County


Total Award Amount: $122,500

The National Autism Spectrum Disorder Community of Research and Practice (NASD-CORP) is a collaborative project between the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the Florida National Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Training & Technical Assistance Center. After a successful partnership developed with USF’s Hillsborough HIPPY site, CARD personnel will develop and pilot an online course and establish an online community of research and practice for HIPPY US. The course provides instruction to home visitors who will deliver the HIPPY program to families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Following the online course, local community partners – that is, agents or agencies with expertise in serving families and children with ASD – will engage with home visitors who are working with this population to provide ongoing support and recommendations for case management.

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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Call for Participants: Research Study on Mental Health Impact of Emergency Department Experiences

Consider participating in this research study on how experiences in the emergency department impact mental health by completing a 10-minute survey. Take the survey 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).

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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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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