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March 25-31, 2024

Deb Dobbs and student at USF Health Research Day

CBCS students participate in USF Health Research Day

Multiple students represented CBCS at this year's USF Health Research Day. School of Aging Studies doctoral student, Natalia Babenko, MPH, presented her research findings, and engineering graduate assistant Harshitha Marichetty Sudhakar presented her poster with School of Aging Studies courtesy faculty William Monaco, PhD. Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders students Dimitri Brunelle, Alyssa Price, and Sienna Tyson also participated. Read more.

CALM team at Fresh Check Day

CALM team shares wellness resources at USF Health Fresh Check Day

School of Social Work staff taught students about the Corner for a Little Mindfulness (CALM) during USF Health's Fresh Check Day held in the USF WELL courtyard. The team's table focused on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's eight dimensions of wellness, which CALM is based off of. Students crafted their own self-care bags with symbolic items to represent each of the eight dimensions. Read more.

CBCS Bylines

The Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor's Role in Supporting Gender-Affirming Medical Interventions

The Advocate Magazine

By Aaron Norton, PhD, LMHC, LMFT

"This article highlights current practice standards, offering you a brief introduction to the role of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHCs) in supporting gender-affirming medical interventions."


Arnold, M. L., Heslin, B. J., Dowdy, M., Kershner, S. P., Phillips, S., Lipton, B., & Pesko, M. F. (2024). Longitudinal policy surveillance of private insurance hearing aid mandates in the United States: 1997–2022. American Journal of Public Health, 114(4), 407–414. doi:10.2105/ajph.2023.307551 

Lutfi, T. (2024). The ideal observer: The forgotten second half of signal detection theory. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. doi:10.1121/2.0001838

Ngo, F. T. , Deryol, R. , Turnbull, B. & Drobisz, J. (2024). The need for a cybersecurity education program for internet users with limited English proficiency: Results from a pilot study. International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime, 7(1). doi:10.52306/2578-3289.1160

Reyes, C. C., Miltenberger, R. G., & Baruni, R. R. (2024). An evaluation of a staff management strategy to minimize reactivity in procedural fidelity of intervention implementers. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 1–19. doi:10.1080/01608061.2024.2326020 

Santos, M. R., & Testa, A. (2024). Routledge Handbook of Homicide Studies (1st ed.). Routledge. ISBN:9781003399476

Walker, E. D., & Reid, J. A. (2024). On the overlap of commercial sexual exploitation and intimate partner violence: An exploratory examination of trauma-related shame. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi:10.1177/08862605241233268 

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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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:

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.

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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