USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                         July 11 - 17, 2016


Mechanical easel provides artist with independence-enhancing tool

An innovative, interdisciplinary student team called "G4orce" has made life a lot better for a young woman with multiple physical challenges and multiple talents, by developing the prototype of a mechanical easel to help her carry out her passion for painting. The mechanical easel enables her to paint using a paint brush held in her mouth, accommodates her wheelchair, is easily transportable, and also replicates an instructor's hand motions. The G4orce team consists of Jennifer Chapin, a PhD student in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders who helped to facilitate the project and senior mechanical engineering students Robert Tirado, Sara Elorfi, Anthony Hable and Travis Ingrahm who developed the mechanical easel not only to better facilitate the artist's painting skills on a larger scale, but also to help enhance her sense of independence. Read more...

IES Announces Grants for Collaboration Between Researchers and Practitioners

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to foster collaborative research on specific policy and practice challenges identified by local or state educators. The five grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 are awarded by IES' National Center for Education Research under the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research topic in the Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy program.

This topic supports collaboration between research institutions and state or local education agencies on issues of high priority for the education agency. The FY 2016 grantees are working directly with school districts and state education agencies to address specific challenges around a variety of areas.

Among the awardees is Howard Goldstein, PhD, in collaboration with Hillsborough County Schools. The project, "Research Partnership to Improve a Multi-tiered System of Supports in Early Childhood Programs in a Large Urban District" was funded for 3 years for a total of $400,000 and will examine how Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is implemented in inner-city early childhood settings in order to improve its implementation and prepare for its scale-up. Read more...

US, India announce final round of 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards

The United States Department of State and India's University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that USF has been awarded one of eight institutional partnership projects for the fifth and final round of the India-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards.

The announcement of the awards, formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, is a continuation of the educational partnership between the US and India.

The initiative aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between US and Indian institutions of higher education. Each project will receive an award of up to $190,000 that can be utilized over a three-year period, with the aim of encouraging mutual understanding, educational reform, and economic growth, as well as the development of junior faculty at U.S. and Indian and institutions of higher learning.

The USF team is comprised of Iraida Carrion, PhD, LCSW, Guitele Rahill, PhD, LCSW, and Manisha Joshi, PhD, MPH, MSW, from School of Social Work/CBCS and Nancy Romero-Daza, PhD, from Department of Anthropology/CAS. The project entitled "An Indigenous Studies Field School for Global Exchange in Northeast India: Fostering Educational and Public Health Initiative" will partner with the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh and Research Institute of World's Ancient Traditions, Cultures and Heritage, Arunachal Pradesh to help strengthen USF's work/connections in India.


Goldstein Receives Highest AHSA Award

Howard Goldstein, PhD, has been recommended by the Committee on Honors and affirmed by the Board of Directors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AHSA) to receive the Honors of the Association. The Honors of the Association is the highest award given by (ASHA) and is public recognition of his distinguished and clearly exceptional contributions to the field of speech, language and hearing over the course of his career. He will be formally recognized with a presentation at an Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2016, at the ASHA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

CFS Professor Presents at International Conference

Lise Fox, PhD, presented two keynote presentations at the first Asia Pacific International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in Taipei, Taiwan. The conference was attended by professionals from China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan.

Supervisor Speaker Series 2016 - Student Employment
The 2016 Supervisor Speaker Series is a series of workshops designed to address the most pressing issues 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, Emily Fiore will discuss the rules and regulations related to the hiring of students and will provide you with the best strategies for managing student employees within your department. She'll speak about various restrictions which apply to students and discuss other information that employers should be familiar with in supervising students in a diverse and welcoming academic environment.

Tuesday, July 13, 2016
MHC 1503
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. 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.
CFS/AFSP to hold August Workshops
The Department of Child & Family Studies will cosponsor a couple of suicide prevention & loss events with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Tampa next month.
A Workshop for Survivors of Suicide Loss: Finding Hope & Healing
August 18, 2016
6:30 - 8:30pm

 Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program
August 19, 2016
8:30am - 4:45pm 
De-stress from Finals with Therapy Dogs

Need a break from studying? Pet Partners Therapy dogs will be at the FMHI Library (MHC1727) on Monday, July 18th from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Come meet the dogs and treat yourself to a good time. Friends are invited too!

2016 Fall Forensic Series

MHLP will be hosting its 2016 Continuing Education Forensic Training Series for Mental Health Professionals in August. Instruction in forensic evaluation of adults and juveniles involved in the legal system is complemented with focused training on assessing and managing patients' risk for violence in acute long-term care settings. The Forensic Evaluation and Juvenile Justice training will take place from August 15-16, 2016. The Florida Adult Forensic Examiner Training will be held from August 18-20, 2016. Both training sessions will be held in the Westside Conference Center. For more information, visit the website(s) above or email

CBCS In the News

The NRA Says 'Eddie Eagle,' Not New Laws, Is the Way to Keep Curious Kids Away from Unsecured Guns
The Trace
"A lot of researchers have shown that parents will say, 'Yes, my child will do the right thing,'" Dr. Raymond Miltenberger, one of the lead authors of both studies, tells The Trace. "But then when they're tested, that kid will touch the gun."


Justice Department Orders Mandatory Implicit Bias Training for 28,000 Agents, Prosecutors - Will it Make a Difference?
Atlanta Blackstar
Law enforcement agent teachings will be based on the Fair & Impartial Policing model developed by Dr. Lorie Fridell, former director of research at the Police Executive Research Forum. The University of South Florida criminology professor is an expert on racially biased policing and developed the perspective based on social psychologists' findings on human bias.


'The wrongness of it': Drug rehab lacking in local jails, where it's needed
Grand Forks Herald
"Peer-based programs have not been shown to be effective on their own, for the most part," said Roger Peters, a professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida.

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