About Us

The Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) is one of six departments and schools within the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences (CBCS) at the University of South Florida (USF). CFS offers three academic programs: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH), and Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC). Six graduate certificates are also offered.

CFS efforts are consistent with the CBCS mission of combining knowledge gained through the behavioral sciences with knowledge gained from the community. CFS faculty, staff and students, who are well immersed in the local community as well as state and national efforts, are deeply connected to the college's focus of Creating Healthy Communities.

All activities within CFS are also aligned with USF strategic goals: having well-educated and highly skilled global citizens through a continuing commitment to student success; participating in high-impact research and innovation to change lives, improve health, and foster sustainable development and positive societal change; creating new partnerships to build a strong and sustainable future for Florida in the global economy; and establishing a strong and sustainable economic base in support of USF's continued academic advancement.

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Vision

The Department of Child and Family Studies is committed to improving the well-being of individuals, children, and families within communities across the country through promoting respect, inclusion, development, achievement, mental health, and an optimum quality of life.

Mission

Values

Values are those beliefs essential to reaching the vision, mission and the purpose of the mission. Our beliefs are demonstrated by the respectful and professional ways in which we conduct research, our efforts at teaching, training, and sharing information, and our partnerships with the individuals and families that we serve.

Divisions

We believe that families and communities are the foundation for the well-being of their members and of society as a whole.