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Adapting to the Current Times




Message from Dean Serovich


Through these trying times, the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) continues to serve our students and the community by ensuring the availability of remote instruction and finding ways to help some of the most vulnerable populations through research and community outreach. As we all adapt to this new normal, we hope that you and your families are well and taking the time to care for your emotional and mental well- being.


We will get through this together! Be well,  




Human Kindness for Homelessness


CBCS PhD candidate Amanda Sharp has been leading homelessness outreach efforts in downtown Tampa. This population has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 since many shelters, kitchens and food pantries are functioning at a lower capacity. For questions, donation pick-up, or more information about our partners, please reach out to Amanda Sharp at Thank you for your kindness!


Read more about Amanda and other USF heroes here.




A Minute for Mental Health


During these times of social isolation and increased stress due to COVID-19, CBCS faculty share their expertise in many areas of behavioral science, focusing on individuals, families, communities, and schools, while examining the problems and challenges people are encountering. We are pleased to present A Minute for Metal Health.


Watch our A Minute for Mental Health series here.




School of Aging Studies develops information on COVID-19 and Older Adults


As the Chair of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Bill Haley and colleagues outline key points to identifying risks in adults over 65.


Read more here.



Dr. Kathryn Hyer and Dr. Lindsay Peterson write in "The Conversation"


Dr. Kathryn Hyer and Dr. Lindsay Peterson of the USF School of Aging Studies write in "The Conversation" about the extreme difficulties facing nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


The article can be read here.



Social Work Faculty Advisors Collaborate with USF Medicine at BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic


Dr. Christopher Simmons, Dr. Jerome Galea, and Melissa Thompson are Social Work faculty advisors working at BRIDGE to assess COVID-19 related stressors and the feasibility and acceptability of delivering psychosocial interventions via telemedicine.


Learn more about the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic here.





CBCS Faculty Receive Funding from the USF COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant


The Pandemic Response Research Network (PRRN) with multiple areas of research focus, has been established at USF, and they have awarded a grant to Dr. Annette Christy. Dr. Christy, from the department of Mental Health Law and Policy, is leading research on Alternative Processing of Civil and Criminal Justice System Matters for People with Behavioral Health Disorders.


Read more about our research here.



Applied Behavioral Analysis Doctoral Students Record 50 Lectures in One Week for Remote Instruction


As USF prepared to meet the continuing educational needs of students during the pandemic by transitioning to remote instruction, Marlesha Bell and Anthony Concepcion, provided much needed support.


Read more here.



USF Criminology addresses Domestic Violence growth in wake of Coronavirus outbreak


Dr. Shelly Wagners published an article in "The Conversation" addressing the rising rates of domestic violence during COVID-19 and the implications of "Safer at Home" has had on some individuals.  


Read this broadly shared article here.



Videos Created By USF Hearing Clinic go Viral


When the American Academy of Audiology recommended suspension of Audiological services in the face of the pandemic, Dr. Devon Weist created online tutorials to help those who use hearing aids manage their devices from home.


View these videos that have been shared nation-wide here.



Help Us Support Our Students!


COVID-19 has drastically changed the lives of our students in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, making the necessity of  scholarships more important now than ever before.


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