USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                   January 25 - 31, 2016

Thank You from Dean Serovich

Over the past week, Dean Serovich has been conducting unit tours to encourage employees to give to the USF Faculty/Staff Campaign. She handed out lip balm as an incentive. If you weren't in your office when she stopped by, the lip balm was placed in your mailbox. You can still contribute to the campaign this year by clicking on the link below. If you didn't get your lip balm, please contact Patty Cleveland in the Dean's Office. Thanks for your ongoing support of this important USF initiative. Donate here.

Funeral staff as first responders: Helping families and friends when a loved one has died by suicide

CFS faculty Stephen Roggenbaum co-authors article in January 2016 edition of The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Magazine. Families of those who have died of suicide require funeral directors and other funeral home staff to take extra care with how they respond to and help the survivors. View article.

Tampa Interbay Rotary 7th Annual Cycling for Autism Fundraiser Supports CARD-USF and ABA

CFS Programs, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program will be the recipients of the fundraiser to continue their work in delivering education, services and supports to individuals and their families. More information...

Lineup of Plenary Speakers for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference Set

Known widely as "The Tampa Conference," this annual gathering of more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates provides a forum where participants can learn, inform, network, and discuss issues related to research, policy, and practice; explore behavioral health topics from a systems and community perspective; and discover new research and policy ideas that are individualized, community-defined, evidence-based, culturally/linguistically competent, family- driven, and youth-guided. Speakers include, Brian D. Smedley, PhD, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University, Theresa Barila, co-founder of the Children's Resilience Initiative and longtime community mobilizer in Walla Walla, WA, Larke Huang, PhD, from SAMSHA, Tamara Sale, MA, Amy Goldstein, PhD, and Janet Walker, PhD. More information and registration is available here.

Supervisor Speaker Series 2016

The 2016 Supervisor Speaker Series is a series of workshops designed to address the most pressing uses that our supervisors face on a daily basis. Supervisors and staff who provide support to HR functions may attend any or all of the workshops throughout the year to help develop skills as a supervisor.

In this seminar, Meica Elridge will discuss everything you need to know (and do) to handle a Worker's Compensation situation in the office. If an employee notifies you that he/she has been injured on the job, would you be able to provide guidance in a timely and effective manner? When your employee's health is on the line, you need to be prepared to spring into action. This seminar will arm you with the tools and information to provide that service and direction.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Worker's Compensation -
What Every Supervisor Needs to Know
Facilitator: Meica Elridge, USF Human Resources
Westside Conference Center - B & C
9:00 - 10:30am

Seating is limited. Participants must register via email to Your registration will be confirmed. A wait-list will be established if demand exceeds space availability.
CBCS to Offer SciENcv Training

January is dedicated to SciENcv training, tips on creating and updating NCBI's MyBibliography, and time management tips to maintaining the many areas where your bibliography/vita may be available. Come join us in the CBCS Computer Lab (MHC 1329) Thursday mornings 9:30 to 10:30am. Bring your vita and your laptop and a copy of EndNote. For more information, contact Ardis Hanson (

CBCS In the News

Genetics influences knee pain sensitivity in osteoarthritis patients - Careers and Science
Also working on this project were Brent J. Small, professor of aging studies, University of South Florida;


New study finds vast racial and geographic disparities in Florida executions
"This research raises troubling questions about the administration of the death penalty in Florida," said John K. Cochran, a professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. "The race or gender of a victim, and the location of the crime, should not influence who is sentenced to die, but this new study shows that it does. Florida citizens and lawmakers should review the findings of this important research."


Using a kitchen to stir up patients' food memories
Sun Sentinel
MorseLife's open kitchen is an unusual amenity, said Kathryn Hyer, a University of South Florida professor of aging studies, but it likely will become increasingly popular as facilities for senior citizens move away from impersonal institutionalization into "person-centered care," with an emphasis on each senior's preferences and life goals.

Adding News/Events/Publications to the CBCS Website and Newsletter

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