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Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2024

Social work assistant professor joins CSWE leadership

Dasha Rhodes

Dasha Rhodes, PhD, LMSW, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, was selected as the co-chair of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Student Presentations Track for January 2024 through December 2026. The Student Presentations Track provides BSW, MSW, and doctoral students opportunities to share their experiences, gain connections for their postgraduate path, and foster mentorships.

Criminology adjunct instructor recognized by Florida Department of Corrections

Manley Jacquiss with FL Dept of Corrections representatives

Manley Jaquiss, MA, an adjunct instructor in the Department of Criminology, received the Regional Director’s Excellence Award from the Florida Department of Corrections. Jaquiss was recognized for playing an instrumental role in assisting in transforming the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit from copious amounts of paper to electronic transmissions from the various entities to the judiciary.

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Faculty recognized with USF Gold quality online designation

Multiple CBCS faculty have been recognized with a USF Gold quality online designation after successfully completing USF Innovative Education Digital Learning’s rigorous online course design and development process in the summer and fall of 2023. Honorees represent all departments in the college and exemplify how effective design directly contributes to enhanced learning outcomes. See the list of distinguished faculty members and their courses.

Abella-Callejas-Yampolskaya-Walker research team

CFS faculty give recommendations to reduce disparities among marginalized groups

Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) faculty Linda M. Callejas, PhD; Svetlana Yampolskaya, PhD; Connie Walker-Egea, PhD; and Anna Abella, PhD, presented findings and recommendations to state officials generated from an evaluation of statewide equity initiatives undertaken by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). The presentation to the DMHA Health Equity Committee, which is leading equity efforts for the division, included several behavioral health leaders and administrators working together to reduce disparities among historically underserved and marginalized groups throughout the state. Read more.

Serovich and Cleveland

Faculty and staff recognized for commitment to CBCS

College faculty and staff gathered in the MHC atrium to celebrate those who have reached milestones in their career at USF. Dean Julie Serovich, PhD, hosted the event and led rounds of trivia for each milestone being honored. The top milestone of this year was marked by Patty Cleveland, MPA, who was recognized for her 35 years of service to USF. Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Social Work Society elects new leadership

The Social Work Society has selected a new team of officers to lead the group in 2024. Emily Darling was elected as president, and Brianna Dankerl was chosen to serve alongside Darling as the vice president. Anice Altema was selected as the secretary, and Sara Cole was elected as treasurer. Dylan Skofronick was chosen to serve as the social media coordinator, Breanna Wade as the mental health liaison, and Jacqueline Houston as the legislative head. Read more.

CBCS in the News

St. Pete’s future unveiled at State of Science: AI, ocean robotics and other innovations

I Love the Burg

"Dr. Shelly Wagers is a criminology professor at USF St. Petersburg who specializes in research in human trafficking. She showcased a program that is increasing..."

Technology, science and art converge in St. Pete

St. Pete Catalyst

"Dr. Shelly Wagers, professor of criminology and TIP Lab researcher, said her ultimate goal is bridging vast information gaps and resources."

Homicides fell in many big U.S. cities in 2023, report says

The Washington Post

"'...decades ago,' said Bryanna Fox, a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida and a former FBI special agent. 'We’re getting...'"

CBCS Bylines

Ask for a Cognitive Evaluation During Your Next Annual Wellness Visit

National Council on Aging

by Cassidy Doyle & Britney Veal

"Cognitive screenings are beneficial for many people, especially if you or your loved ones are concerned about any recent changes in your memory or even if you just want a baseline evaluation."


Santos, M. R., & Yogev, D. (2024). How October 7th, 2023, changed fear and exposure to hate amongst Jewish and Israeli members of universities. SocArXiv Papers. doi:10.31235/ 

Silver, J. R., & Moule, R. K. (2023). Should we defund “Bad police” or reform “Bad policing”? Examining person-centered and act-based moral evaluations of police and policing policy preferences. Crime & Delinquency. doi:10.1177/00111287231210838 

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: Mental Health-Seeking Behaviors for Latino/Hispanic Individuals in the United States

Student: Ana Aluisy

Program: Behavioral and Community Sciences

Date: Monday, March 18  

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: MHC 1141 & Zoom (Meeting ID: 848 0412 0610 Passcode: 031824)

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.


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.

Experimental Evaluations of Criminal Justice Theory and Implications for Policy

Jan. 29 | 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

LIB 645 (conference room)

The Center for Justice Research and Policy is hosting their Lunch & Learn Series and has invited Daniel Nagin, PhD, from Carnegie Mellon University to share his expertise with attendees. Nagin is a distinguished scholar, serving as the co-editor of Criminology and Public Policy and chairing significant committees, including the National Research Council's Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty. Nagin's research focuses on criminal behavior, penalties' deterrent effect, and statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. Lunch will follow his presentation.

Fox and Verona book

CJRP Celebrates Verona and Fox's New Book

Feb. 15 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.

CWY, second floor

The Center for Justice Research and Policy is having a book event to celebrate the release of Edelyn Verona and Bryanna Fox's new book, "Routledge Handbook of Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Practices.” RSVP here by Feb. 8.

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.

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.

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