USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                     February 1 - 7, 2016

MACJA Adjunct Faculty Member Receives Lifelong Achievement Award

Jim Sewell, PhD, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tampa Bay Area Police Chiefs Association on January 13, 2016. Dr. Sewell has spent the last 40 years in a variety of local and state law enforcement leadership positions. He retired as the Assistant Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and now serves as a law enforcement consultant and as an adjunct professor in CBCS' MACJA program designed for criminal justice professionals. Dr. Sewell has published a number of books and journal articles on law enforcement management and law enforcement stress throughout his long career. A graduate of Florida State University, Dr. Sewell is also a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar and the FBI National Academy. Dr. Sewell also is a Life Member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Florida Police Chiefs Association. He remains engaged with the larger Tampa Bay community, serving on a number of charitable association boards of directors in the Tampa area, as well as being active in the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs Association, which spans 7 counties and over 60 law enforcement agencies.

George Rebok to Speak as Part of the 2016 Distinguished Lectureship in Aging

CommuniqueGeorge Rebok, PhD, will present "Do Cognitive Workouts Work for Older Adults" on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10:30 am in the College of Public Health Auditorium 1023-A. Dr. George Rebok is a Professor in the Department of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and holds joint faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and in the Center on Aging and Health, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, and Center for Injury Research and Policy. He has over 35 years of experience in life-course developmental research, prevention science, and cognitive aging. Dr. Rebok has served as PI of the NIA/NINR-funded ACTIVE trial and the NIA-funded Baltimore Experience CorpsĀ® trial. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and the American Institutes for Research.

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 In the News

Piano lessons may stop mental decline
Could playing the piano help to reduce the risk of mental decline in older people? Researchers at the University of South Florida are testing this in a trial with 100 healthy men and women aged 60 to 80, who will be given 16 weekly piano classes.


White officers slower to shoot black suspects, new study finds
To teach officers to base decisions on threat alone, research has shown repeated exposure to counter bias scenarios can help, said Lorie Fridell, a criminologist at the University of South Florida. Fridell conducted implicit bias training for the St. Louis County police as a Justice Department contractor after Ferguson.

New Publication
  1. Kearns, W.D., Fozard, J.L. & Nams, V.O. (2016) Movement path totuosity in free ambulation: Relationships to age and brain disease. Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. DOI:10.1109/JBHI.2016.2517332
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