USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                         July 25 - 31, 2016

Aging Studies Associate Professor Presents Research Results at Alzheimer's Conference

A particular type of brain training can significantly and substantially reduce risk for dementia, said University of South Florida (USF) associate professor Jerri Edwards, PhD, in a presentation made yesterday in Toronto, Canada, at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

"This is the first time a cognitive intervention has been shown to protect against dementia in a large, randomized, controlled trial," said Dr. Edwards, a faculty member in the USF School of Aging Studies and an associate member of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute. "Relatively small amounts of training resulted in up to a 48 percent decrease in the risk of dementia over the 10-year study period." Read more...

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 
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
Justice Department Agents to Undergo Training in Implicit Bias
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will use a new training program developed by Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The program is aimed at educating law enforcement officers to recognize their implicit biases.

Overdose-reversal drug naloxone now available in Florida without an individual prescription
Tampa Bay Times
As of February, naloxone is available to the public in 42 states, according to the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System. But many states have only expanded access in recent years, in part because of a misconception that access to Narcan encourages drug use by making it safer, said Khary Rigg, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida who specializes in substance abuse.

Behavior Changes Offer Clues That Dementia Could Be Brewing
Researchers examined records from 2,785 older adults who'd participated in a previous trial that compared three cognitive training strategies - to improve memory, reasoning or reaction times -with no intervention. A decade later, that reaction-time training suggested benefit: 12 percent of people who'd completed up to 10 hours had evidence of cognitive decline or dementia compared with 14 percent in the control group, said Dr. Jerri Edwards of the University of South Florida.
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