USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                 March 7 - 13, 2016

CBCS Faculty Receive Internal Grant Awards

Congratulations to the following two faculty members on receiving internal pilot awards;

Recipient: Kyaien Conner, Mental Health Law & Policy
Proposal Title: Enhancing the Evidence-Based Care Transitions Intervention to Reduce Hospital Readmissions and Facilitate Wellness Among Older Adults with Co-occurring Physical and Mental Illness.
Description: This pilot project will utilize randomized controlled trial methodology to examine the benefit of adding Peer Education supports to the Community Care Transitions Program (CTI), an evidence-based intervention designed to successfully transition older adults from the hospital to the community.

Recipient: Debra Dobbs, School of Aging Studies
Proposal Title: The Feasibility of Implementation of the Palliative Care Education in Assisted Living (PCEAL) Program
Description: This intervention development study addresses quality of end-of-life care for older adults in assisted living communities. The pilot study will test whether an intervention improves quality of care outcomes in a sample of residents from 4 assisting living facilities in Florida. The study is a collaboration with Community Hospice Northeast, Inc. in Jacksonville.

CBCS Tailgate Event a Success

The CBCS Tailgate held on February 27th before the USF Bulls Women's basketball game was a blast. Along with great food, give-ways for each guest including a USF Bulls hat, and perfect weather, Rocky D Bull was on hand with the Herd of Thunder band to perform. President Judy Genshaft, Athletic Director Mark Harland, and Alumni Association Executive Director Bill McCausland stopped by to greet guests and thank everyone for supporting the USF Women's basketball team. The President of Temple University, Neil Theobald, also made a brief stop at the tailgate to talk with guests. The Bulls won against Temple 76-62. We hope to make this an annual event to support the college and our Bulls teams.


SAS Postdoctoral Fellow Candidate Presentation
Title: "Social relationships and all-cause mortality in late life:  Can social relationships help you live longer?"
Candidate: Hyo Jung Lee (University of Massachusetts)
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 1:00pm
Location: MHC1503

For more information, contact Lydia Hentschel at or Dr. Debra Dobbs at
Supervisor Speaker Series 2016 - Compensation Philosophy and Strategies

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.

This session is tailored to individuals who are responsible for ensuring appropriate salaries within the college's departments. If you are responsible for hiring and/or addressing salary questions/concerns, we invite you to register for this training. The facilitator will be Brian Allman from USF HR.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Westside Conference Center - B & C
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.
Student Employee Appreciation Week
Here at CBCS, we know that student employees' hard work, dedication and enthusiasm help make USF a great place to learn, grow, and work. Join us in recognizing the important contributions made by our student employees to our department, college, and university from March 7, 2016 to March 11, 2016. 
CBCS Employee Recognition Award Program (RAP) Nominations Being Accepted

The CBCS Employee Recognition Award Program (RAP) recognizes Administrative, Staff and Temporary personnel employees with at least one year of service, and a performance rating of satisfactory, for their outstanding contributions/achievements. Nominations will be accepted through the deadline date of March 18th. Two individuals will be selected for recognition and each will receive an award of $750.00. Individuals who have been recognized in the past two years are not eligible for consideration. Please send the original signed nomination and two letters of support to Regina Brown at MHC 1133, or via email at The recipients will be announced at the Faculty Spring Assembly on April 8, 2016. Nomination forms can be found here.

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.
ABA Thesis Defense
Title: "An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Social Skills Application for Children Who are Homeless"
Student: Emily Baton
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time: 9:15am
Location: MHC 2301
Title: "Examining the effects of deictic relation training on advanced theory of mind and pretense in children with autism"
Student: Samantha Broderick
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 11:00am
Location: MHC 2324
Title: "The Impact of Question Type on Student Behavior in Using Response Cards: The Role of Teacher Preference"
Student: Elizabeth Cassell
Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 12:30pm
Location: MHC 2324
CBCS In the News

Hannah Minogue: Florida teaches wrong lessons with its death penalty system
Hannah Minogue is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in criminology at the University of South Florida in Tampa


How America's criminal justice system became the country's mental health system
Several years ago, the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida completed an analysis examining arrest, incarceration, acute care, and inpatient service utilization rates among a group of 97 individuals in Miami-Dade County identified to be frequent recidivists to the criminal justice an acute care systems.


Salt Lake City black teen shot: Police refuse to release body cam video
Christian Science Monitor
"There's certainly a movement among progressive police departments to be more transparent when it comes to many activities and certainly use of force," University of South Florida criminologist Lorie Fridell told The Christian Science Monitor in June.

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