USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                      August 22-28, 2016

CFS Members Named to the Florida Department of Education's Suicide Awareness Training Workgroup

Stephen Roggenbaum, MA, and Natalie Romer, PhD, have been named to the Florida Department of Education's Suicide Awareness Training Workgroup. Activities of the 12 member workgroup will support the 2016 Florida Legislative Statute 1012.583, which requires the Department of Education to collaborate with the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention to help develop a list of approved youth suicide awareness and prevention training materials for instructional personnel in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Each school in which all instructional personnel complete two hours of approved training will be designated as a Suicide Prevention Certified School. The training required must be included in the existing continuing education or inservice training requirements for instructional personnel and may not add to the total hours currently required by the department. Read more...

Please Welcome Our New CBCS Faculty

Front row: Tera Quigley, Research Assistant Professor, CSD; Rachelle Settambrino, Instructor I, CSD; Supraja Anand, Assistant Professor, CSD; Amy Green, Visiting Research Associate, CFS; Penne Williams, Visiting Instructor I, Social Work. Back Row: Marion Mitchell, Visiting Instructor I, Social Work; Maayan Lawental Schori, Assistant Professor, Social Work; George Burruss, Associate Professor, Criminology; Rick Moule, Assistant Professor, Criminology; Jennifer Bleck, Visiting Assistant Professor, CFS.


USF-PATS Completes its Fifth Summer Cohort
In July 2016, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders hosted its fifth summer cohort of PATS - Program for the Advanced Treatment of Stuttering. Four advanced practicum students in Speech Pathology - Andrea Steyer, Merrily Shary, Alexa Zazik, and Kara McCullers - provided 90 hours of intensive intervention, under the direction of Associate Professor Nathan Maxfield, to 11 clients who stutter. The program was also supported by doctoral student Wendy Olsen and incoming Speech Pathology student Erika Mercier. More than 50 clients who stutter have participated in PATS since 2011

PATS is a 3-week, 90-hour intensive program aimed at helping older school-age children, teenagers and adults with moderate to severe stuttering. Stuttering is a fluency disorder that typically begins in childhood and persists in ~1% of adults. Persistent stuttering can have profound negative impacts on social well-being, occupational opportunity and mental health. There is no cure for stuttering. However, behavioral management of stuttering can be effective, especially when therapy is initially intensive.

In 2015, PATS received an endorsement from Olympic gold-medal swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar. PATS also attracted a sizable gift from retired professor Dr. Fred Murray, fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and author of 'A Stutterer's Story'. Dr. Murray's gift will be used to establish two endowed scholarships, one supporting clients in need of therapy for stuttering, and another to support student research in the area of stuttering.
CBCS In the News

Preventing police bias
Fox 13 News
... USF professor has created a program that will will be used to train officers at a federal level.

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