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Jan. 8-14, 2024

CABH 2023 Graduates

CABH program celebrates largest graduating class

The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH) Master of Science program had its largest graduating class to date with seven students graduating and six walking in the Fall 2023 Commencement. "This is an accomplished group of scholars, each of whom has secured employment in fields that are directly related to their degree," said CABH Assistant Professor of Instruction Jessica Rice, PhD. Read more.

Criminology visiting assistant instructor uses webinars to discuss shame and self-care

Cary Hopkins Eyles, MA, a visiting assistant instructor in the Department of Criminology, recently presented two webinars covering the importance of shame and self-care. Her first presentation, "The Science of Shame and Why It Matters: Awareness for Supervisors and Practitioners," was for the National Association for Addiction Professionals and reached 379 webinar attendees. In her second presentation, which was for the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, Eyles discussed how self-care is beneficial and why it matters. Read more.

James Epps

In remembrance: James Epps, PhD

Department of Mental Health Law and Policy (MHLP) Associate Professor James Epps, PhD, died over the winter break. Epps joined the MHLP faculty following the closing of USF’s campus in Lakeland. During the pandemic, Epps moved away from Tampa and cut back his time. "He was one to keep much to himself, so many did not know him well, but those of us who did knew him to be a warm, caring, and talented person; we will miss him," Department Chair Gregory Teague, PhD, said in an email. Read his epitaph.

2024 Cassidy Doyle

Aging studies PhD student passes comprehensive exam with distinction

Cassidy Doyle, a third-year PhD student in the School of Aging Studies, successfully completed her comprehensive examination with distinction. Her dissertation topic aims to expand and diversify cognitive "SuperAging" research by using a population-based dataset and machine learning techniques. Her committee is co-chaired by Kathy Black, PhD, and Brent Small, PhD. Committee members include Jennifer Lister, PhD, and Ross Andel, PhD.

George and Gaunt

CFS leadership serve as keynote speakers at conference on positive behavior support

Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) Professor Heather Peshak-George, PhD, and Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Assistant Program Director Brian Gaunt, PhD, were invited as presenters of keynote addresses at the Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference. The conference brought together educators, interventionists, family members, clinicians, and community partners to share research and resources regarding positive behavior supports. Read more.

Call for applications: 2024 Dean's Awards

The CBCS Faculty Council is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Dean’s Awards. Awards will be presented for the following:

Faculty awards:

  • Outstanding Research Award
  • Outstanding Teaching Awards (an award will be given to a tenure track faculty in addition to a non-tenure track/instructor)
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (must be tenure track for a full academic year)
  • Outstanding Service Award

Student awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

Click here for application instructions. Nominations are due to Nicoleta Zenn ( by Feb. 28.

CBCS in the News

Group pushes for change in how police use body camera footage in officer shooting probes

AP News

"Lorie Fridell, professor emerita of criminology at the University of South Florida, said the blend could work well since memories are imperfect, but cameras..."

Dealing with Family During the Holidays

News Radio 610 WIOD

"Dr. Ryan Henry with the Department of Child and Family Studies at USF says it's best to expect tension and family disagreements. Henry suggests going..."

Campus expansion, research highlight a transformative year at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"A highlight was Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders Michelle Arnold’s work as part of a team that found that strong hearing intervention..."

Why Do We See So Many Things as ‘Us vs. Them’?

National Geographic

"'... as a paradox,' says Lorie Fridell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida, noting that lab studies suggest bias in policing is..."

Navigating the challenges of re-entering society

The Weekly Challenger

"Eventgoers engage in a meaningful discussion about the issues surrounding re-entry into society and the criminal justice system with panelist Patrick Mohoney, John Muhammad, Anthony Williams, Danielle Thomas, and..."


Lampe, N. M. (2024). Satisficing death: Ageing and end-of-life preparation among transgender older Americans. Sociology of Health & Illness.


Lampe N. M., Barbee H., Tran N. M., Bastow S., & McKay T. (2024). Health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer older adults: A structural competency approach. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development 98(1):39-55. doi:10.1177/00914150231171838

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.

Jan 8 and 10 MHLP Colloquia

The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy Colloquia by Candidates for Faculty Positions

Jan. 8 & 10 | 11 a.m. - noon

MHC 2625A

Hear from two candidates, Michael Kofler, PhD, and Tanya Saraiya, PhD, for faculty positions in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy.

Gizem Erdem

Colloquium by Candidate for Assistant-Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Jan. 11 | 9-10:15 a.m.

MHC 2502

Gizem Erdem, PhD, will present "Understanding youth adjustment and close relationships in the context of prison: Findings from a multiphase mixed method study."

SOW Colloquiums

Advancing Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health Equity: Strategies for Population-Centered Behavioral Health Interventions Colloquium by Candidate for Assistant Professor, Social Work

Jan. 16 | 2-3 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams

Tyriesa Howard Howell’s research focuses on examining and understanding social and cultural determinants of sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and women. This includes socio-behavioral interventions using mixed methods to examine the use of interactive video game and life simulation technology to encourage HIV treatment adherence and routinized HIV testing among adolescents living with and affected by HIV.

This Is My Brave at USF 2024 audition flyer

Auditions: This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF

Jan. 18 & 20

USF Theatre Center, Room TAR 249

USF students are invited to audition for the 2024 production of This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF. The team is seeking storytellers with a 5-minute story to share about their lived experience with mental health and/or substance use conditions via poetry, original music, comedy, essay, dance or other artistic expression. The show will be live on stage this spring on April 5, 2024.

Please direct your students to sign up for auditions at this link:

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.

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