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   USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                         March 28 - April 3, 2016

CBCS/WUSF Challenge 

Friday, April 8th
6:00 am

Call (4-1921) or email Regina L. Brown ( to confirm your donation! Your donation will count towards the Challenge and the College's Faculty/Staff Participation goal!
SW Instructor Named Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Chris Simmons, PhD, LCSW, for receiving the National Association of Social Workers Tampa Bay Unit Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Simmons teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. This award is given to "someone who makes a significant contribution to social work education; demonstrates outstanding leadership; and contributes to a positive image for the social work profession." Dr. Simmons truly embodies these qualities as evidenced by the following statement reported by a student, "Dr. Simmons has demonstrated a rare quality that only the greatest of academics possess wherein not only does he effectively convey the thoughts and concepts of the material, but truly inspires and excites students to do and be more." Dr. Simmons also serves as the Faculty Supervisor for the BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Initiatives Dedicated to Gaining Equality) Clinic at USF. BRIDGE is a student-run clinic that provides free healthcare services to under-served and uninsured community members through interdisciplinary collaboration with social work, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and public health. As one student remarked, "It's not just that Dr. Simmons has made me a better social worker, it's that without him, I might not be one at all."

USF Outstanding Staff Award Recipient

Congratulations to CFS Fiscal & Business Specialist Maricel Hernandez on being selected as a recipient for a 2015 USF Outstanding Staff Award. This university-wide award honors exceptional employees from each vice presidential area, culminating in a university-wide awards ceremony and reception to honor each year's recipients. The University will present each recipient with a monetary award and a trophy at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the USF School of Music Concert Hall on the Tampa campus.

CFS Research Assistant Professor Elected to BOD

Congratulations to Dr. Liz Perkins, who has been elected by the membership of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) to the Board of Directors. Her term of four years will run from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020. Over this term, she will serve one year each as Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Past President. This follows the completion of her current four-year term as an elected member-at-large on AAIDD's board. Read more...

Aging Studies Professor to Participate in Mayor's Roundtable

Dr. Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP, professor, School of Aging Studies and director, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging will participate as a panelist at a roundtable event, " Florida Senior Care Crisis " on April 5 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM with Major Buckhorn. Dr. Hyer's topic will be "Trends in the Long Term Care industry that are impacting care delivery with a focus on staffing. Five additional panelists will speak on topics relevant to their respective experiences. Represented will be: a consumer of services, a homecare worker, a nursing home LPN, the Senior Connection Center and Hillsborough Aging Service. The purpose of this event is to bring caregivers, seniors, consumers, industry experts, advocates and elected officials together to better understand the issues in our long term care system and the impact of the issues on key stakeholders. The goal is to continue to shine a light on the need for reform in this industry.

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health Well Attended

Hosted by the Department of Child & Family Studies, the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health brought together more than 700 researchers, policy makers and advocates dedicated to shaping behavioral health services and prevention. The proceeds from the conference are used to support the planning efforts and special speakers for this annual conference held in Tampa. Read more...

Joint Colloquium April 1, 2016
Join us for a joint Colloquium sponsored by USF Health Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience and the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences from 2 to 4 pm in the CBCS Atrium Lobby. This forum provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to come together, get to know one another, learn what each entity does, and explore new collaborations. Topics include:
  • Current and future approaches to serving individuals with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
  • Effective Interventions with Veterans who are homeless.
  • Effective cognitive interventions for driving mobility with older adults.
Supervisor Speaker Series 2016 - GA's
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, Nancy Wisgerhof will discuss the policies governing the employment of Graduate Assistants at USF. Susan Crochunis will address tuition waivers - how to request and route these documents to ensure timely and accurate processing. If your department is considering employing GA's you'll want to be sure you have the most up-to-date information. This seminar will provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary to handle these unique situations.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Westside Conference Center - D
1:30 - 3:00pm

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. If you need to cancel your attendance, please email this address as well. This will help to ensure that all available seats have been assigned.
CSD Student Organization to Hold Fundraiser

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) here at USF will be having a yard sale on Saturday, April 2nd. See the flyer for further details. Proceeds from the yard sale will go towards the groups' efforts to educate and promote healthy hearing in the greater Tampa area. If you have any questions, please contact Devon L. Weist, AuD, at or (813)974-8804.

Cycling for Autism Bike Raffle

The Cycling for Autism event supporting CARD-USF and USF's ABA Programs has been postponed to April 2, which means there is still time to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of three adult bikes valued at $1,000 each, or one child bike valued at $200. The raffle tickets are $5 for 1 ticket and $20 for 5 tickets. If you would like to purchase any, please let Christine Rover, Aleatha Neal or Storie Miller know by next Friday, April 1. Also, there is still time to sign up to ride as an individual or a virtual rider. Details here...

Application Extension

The application deadline for the Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health has been extended to June, 1, 2016. Visit for more details.

CBCS In the News

NIH Grants $9M for Studies in Age-Related Hearing Loss
Hearing Aid News, Hearing Review
Researchers in the University of South Florida's Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research (GCHSR), a research center for age-related hearing loss, have received a 5-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study two unique ways to treat age-related hearing loss (ARHL).


Faith and Reason Symposium examines ethics of care for the elderly population
The Herald-News
Keynote speaker is Debra Dobbs, an associate professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, who will present "U.S. Exceptionalism and End of Life Care."

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