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April 22-28, 2024

CBCS to lead statewide initiative to address shortage of mental health professionals

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CBCS was recently awarded $5 million in recurring funds to create the Florida Center for Behavioral Health Workforce to enhance recruitment and retention efforts and expand pathways to behavioral health professions. CBCS is uniquely positioned to serve as home of the center because of its interdisciplinary and collaborative focus that includes the behavioral sciences in one college and its portfolio of research conducted in FMHI over the past 50 years.

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USF Registered Behavior Technician Training program achieves second-highest pass rate in the US

RBT Pass Rate 2024

The USF Applied Behavior Analysis program's Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training program has achieved the second-highest pass rate in the country for 2023 according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The RBT program has consistently been in the top five training providers in the nation.

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Lifelong Learners of USF named Student Organization Program of the Year

The Lifelong Learners student organization was recognized as the Student Organization Program of the Year during USF’s 2024 Celebration of Leadership Awards. This distinction honors a student organization that positively contributes to the growth of USF's community through creative approaches to reach a diverse student body. Faculty advisor from the School of Aging Studies, Amy Corbin, LCSW, accepted this award alongside students Kevin Lipton, president of the organization, and Chen-Yi Huang, vice president. Read more.

Community Partner of the Year Award

School of Aging Studies celebrates another year of continued growth and success

The School of Aging Studies held its annual Preceptors and Awards Reception in the MHC Atrium Friday afternoon.

The school recognized internship preceptors, supervisors, and recipients of awards and scholarships. The event was dedicated to the memory of the late Sue Saxon, PhD, one of the school's pioneering faculty members. Read more.

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Social work students awarded at National CLARION Competition

Two Master of Social Work students, Pedro Serrano-Mejia and Sydni Smith, members of USF's team at this year's National CLARION Case Competition in Minnesota, were awarded the Health Equity Innovation Award. The team, which also included medical student Isabel Adamus, presented "Vida Connect - Addressing Health Disparities, Pandemic Preparedness, and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Dakota County, MN School System." Read more.

Social work assistant professor of instruction shares research at USF Celebration of Teaching

Kerry Littlewood, PhD, an assistant professor of instruction in the School of Social Work, was selected to present at the USF Celebration of Teaching hosted by the USF Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. Littlewood's poster, "Liberating Structures to Promote Equity in the Classroom," spurred conversations from attendees who were eager to hear about innovations being implemented in the School of Social Work classrooms to structurally improve the way it distributes power and encourages engagement using equitable approaches. Read more.

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Social work student competes at 2024 Future of Florida Summit

Master of Social Work student Jacqueline Houston competed at the 2024 Future of Florida Summit, hosted and organized by the University of Florida Bob Graham Center for Public Service. The goal of the summit was to give students experience in learning how to craft public policy proposals that address critical issues facing their generation. Read more.

CBCS in the News

Tremendous turnout demonstrates USF’s growth in undergraduate research

USF News

" of the most prestigious conferences in the field, according to his faculty mentor Micah Johnson, assistant professor in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences."


Kosyluk, K., Baeder, T., Greene, K. Y., Tran, J. T., Bolton, C., Loecher, N., DiEva, D., & Galea, J. T. (2024). Mental Distress, Label Avoidance, and Use of a Mental Health Chatbot: Results from a US Survey. JMIR Formative Research, 8. doi:10.2196/45959

Pak, N. S., Peredo, T. N., Madero Ucero, A. P., & Kaiser, A. P. (2024). EMT en Español Para Autismo: A Collaborative Communication Intervention Approach and Single Case Design Pilot Study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-024-06322-5 

Vogel, C. E., Dobbs, D., Peterson, L., Meng, H., & Molinari, V. (2024). The Impact of Assisted Living Organizational Structure and Process Characteristics on Staff Absence During COVID-19. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 1–17. doi:10.1080/08959420.2024.2319536 

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.

Book and School Supplies Donation Flyer

USF Honors Ghana Study Abroad: Book & School Supplies Donation

MHC 2322A

Be part of empowering and inspiring students at Countryside Children's Welfare Home in Bawjiase, Ghana.

If you wish to contribute, you can do so by dropping off books or school supplies to the box located outside of MHC 2322A or give a monetary gift via the GoFundMe page.

Prison Pod Flyer

Prison Cell Immersive Experience

April 24 | noon - 3 p.m.

Tampa campus, parking lot E (next to SOC)

Did you know that 75% of Florida’s state prison housing

lacks air-conditioning? Step inside a model prison cell to feel the conditions inmates in most Florida prisons experience. Questions? Contact

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.

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CBCS Research & Data Center Open House

April 26 | 2:45 - 3 p.m.

MHC Atrium

The CBCS Research & Data Center (RDC) will host an open house and discussion titled "Research Challenges & Changing Requirements: What can RDC do for you?" The event will cover RDC structure and processes, funding agency requirements, and new developments.

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!

Computational Methods Workshop

Computational Methods for Social Sciences & Humanities Scholars

May 8 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ISA 5020 & Microsoft Teams

This workshop for graduate students and faculty will cover the benefits and pitfalls of using computational methods for social sciences and humanities research and introducing diverse methods through research examples.

This free workshop will be available for the first 25

applicants. RSVP here.

Florida Mental Health Institute 50th Anniversary Reception & Awards

May 16 | 5 - 7 p.m.

USF Gibbons Alumni Center - Traditions Hall

Join us for a night of fun, memories, and celebration. This in-person event will be a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and honor the legacy of FMHI. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event to commemorate 50 years of excellence in mental health research and education. RSVP here.

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