About CBCS

Dean's Office

Julie Serovich, PhD
Julie Serovich, PhD

Dr. Julie Serovich assumed leadership as dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) at the University of South Florida in July 2012. Prior to coming to USF, she was chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University.

At USF, Serovich assumed leadership of a college that was created in 2008 to prepare students, scholars, human service providers, policymakers and others involved in quality of life issues for work that affects many diverse populations. CBCS currently enrolls nearly 2,000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students and generates upward of $26 million in research contracts and grants each year.

Established in 2008, CBCS is one of 14 colleges and schools on USF’s Tampa campus. Its collaborative units and academic strength position faculty, students and staff to lead USF's ascension to prominence as a research university with state, national and global impact. The college incorporates one of the largest behavioral health research and training institutes in the country, focused on multidisciplinary collaborations and a strong research continuum with depth and breadth in areas from basic behavioral sciences to clinical and services interventions, community-partnered participatory approaches and policy analysis, and the implementation of evidence-based and best practices within human service systems.

Her work began more than two decades ago at Texas Tech University, where, after receiving her doctorate from the University of Georgia, she was named an assistant professor of marriage and family therapy in 1991. Also a graduate of Loyola College, Baltimore, she joined the OSU faculty in 1995 and was named the inaugural director of the Couples and Family Therapy program. Since 1997, she has received grant funding for over 15 straight years in excess of $9 million, mostly from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).

Patricia Cleveland, MPA
Assistant Director, Dean's Office

The CBCS Dean's Office provides leadership to ensure the mission and strategic initiatives of the College are realized. The Office of the Dean provides administrative support for the educational, research, training, and service activities conducted by faculty and staff. These functions include:

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