Academics

The Department of Child & Family Studies (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.

Academics in CFS

CFS’s growth from a research and training department to offering academic degrees and certificates is remarkable. The number of students, as well as the number of both undergraduate and graduate courses taught by CFS faculty continues to grow each year. Read more in our academic newsletter.

Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA focuses on meaningful behavior change to increase the quality of life for individuals in all walks of life. Our nation’s current demand for skilled behavior analysis practitioners is outpacing the field’s current capacity for training them. To help meet the growing demand, USF’s ABA Program offers options for students to reach their academic goals.

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health MS

The Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) Program was established in 2014 to support the growing demand for professionals to serve in public and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges. Thesis and applied tracks are offered.

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Ranked 24th in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School Rankings in 2016, the RMHC Master's Program at USF trains a workforce of professionals that promote quality behavioral health care for all, particularly people with disabilities. Both non-thesis and thesis programs provide high quality teaching and inspire learning in rehabilitation and mental health counseling and related disciplines.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are specialized graduate-level credentials reflecting knowledge of the most up-to-date research in the selected field. Once completed, the certificate is notated on transcripts, and a USF certificate of completion is awarded. Certificate completion increases a student’s competitiveness, enhances their performance, and helps prepare them for the changing nature of business.

Specialized Training/Scholarships

CFS offers several specialized training and scholarship opportunities for graduate students: Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse (ITRE), Rehabilitation Scholars (RSA) Program, and Project ABA.