USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                               November 21 - 27, 2016

USF in London 2017
Dr. Kyaien Conner, a faculty member in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy was informed that her proposal to teach in the USF in London: Summer of 2017 program was accepted. Dr. Conner will be teaching two courses in the USF in London 2017 program sponsored by USF World. This program provides students an opportunity to travel to London, UK and take 6 credits of coursework while exploring the diversity of a new country. Dr. Conner is very excited about this opportunity and hopes to recruit a significant number of students from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences to attend. Dr. Conner will be teaching the following courses in the USF in London 2017 program: All Lives Matter: A Cultural Exploration of Diversity, Health and Behavioral Health (MHS 4931) and From Dysfunction to Functional: International Perspectives on Behavioral Health Assessment and Intervention with Families (MHS 4434). She will be holding an informational session for any students interested in the program or who may have questions on Friday December 2nd from 2:00 - 3:00pm in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Atrium Lobby, MHC 1200.

Call for Applications Undergraduate Research Assistantships

The College of Behavioral & Community Sciences (CBCS) invites applications for undergraduate research assistantships to be offered through a special program known as The Moms Project. Assistantships of $500 each will be awarded to undergraduate students who will be conducting research during the Spring and/or Summer semesters, 2017.

In order to be eligible for The Moms Project Assistantships, students must be:

  • Completing an undergraduate major or minor in the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences;
  • Conducting research in one of the three priority areas of The Moms Project:
    • Substance abuse
    • Nutrition and well being
    • Positive aging
  • Collaborating with a CBCS faculty member and/or doctoral student who will serve as a research mentor for the undergraduate student.

The application may be found at: The priority areas may be broadly interpreted and some examples are provided on the webpage to demonstrate the wide range of possibilities. Additional information about the Moms Project, including previous recipients, may be found at

CBCS In the News

Implicit bias training will continue for Columbia Police
Columbia Missourian
The course is taught by Sgt. Mike Hestir of the Community Outreach Unit, and was developed by Lorie Fridell, an associate criminology professor at the University of South Florida.


COMMENTARY: City of Greenville makes progress by confronting implicit racial biases
The Greenville News
University of South Florida's Lorie Fridell, Ph.D. is a prominent thought leader in training police to avoid racial bias.


Right-to-die law: Some say it should expand to Alzheimer's patients
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The question of how to apply right-to-die laws to someone with dementia is a sticky one, said Donna Cohen, a psychologist at the University of South Florida who specializes in geriatric mental health and aging.

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