News & Upcoming Events

2020 News

Faculty Create A Minute for Minute Health Videos During COVID-19 Pandemic
Faculty within the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences have a broad range of expertise in many areas of behavioral science, focusing on individuals, families, communities, and schools, and examining the problems and challenges people encounter, as well as their need for clinical and supportive services.

Dr. Ryan Henry Receives Dean's Outstanding Service Award
The award is given to CBCS faculty who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Department, College, University, Profession, and/or the local community.

Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Selected to Serve on USF Faculty Senate
The Faculty Senate is the primary faculty advisory body to the USF President, Provost, and Vice President for Health on all matters that pertain to the academic climate of the university.

2019 News

RMHC Program Ranks Among U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools for Rehabilitation Counseling.
As part of the U.S. News & World Report's release of Best Graduate Schools 2020, RMHC was among several graduate programs at USF to make the high ranking.

2018 News

Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Profiled in American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine's Research Spotlight
As a faculty member in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program in the USF Department of Child and Family Studies, Dr. Dillahunt-Aspillaga focuses on the rehabilitation and community reintegration of civilians, service members, and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury.

Dr. William Kearns Interviewed by Tampa's Bay News 9 about Technology to Reduce Falls in Older Adults
Dr. Kearns was interviewed on May 8, 2018 by Dr. Randy Shuck of Spectrum News Bay News 9 about his novel technology for predicting falls in older adults using a form of radar and higher-order mathematics known as fractals.

Dr. Chih-Chin Chou Selected for Fulbright Award to Taiwan
Her research will take place at the College of Indigenous Studies of the National Dong Hwa University (NDHU) in Hualien, Taiwan, where she will address the needs of the indigenous Taiwanese population with disabilities.

Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Serves as Co-editor on a Special Supplement of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The special issue consists of articles that represent current thinking about community reintegration (CR) and lays the groundwork for testing interventions to improve CR outcomes for veterans and service members.

2017 News

Council on Rehabilitation Education Board Extends Accreditation Period of USF's RMHC Program to 2024
The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program at USF is dual accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), which prepares RMHC students to become licensed mental health counselors and certified rehabilitation counselors.

USF's Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Practicum Fair A Great Success
Many thanks to each of the practicum sites who attended the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Field Placement Fair February 22. What a great turnout!

Drs. Tammy Jorgensen Smith and Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Receive Funding to Improve Employment Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Given early evidence regarding the promise of customized interventions by community-based Vocational Rehabilitation service practitioners, the ACCESS intervention has the potential to yield far-reaching benefits.

2016 News

RMHC Master's Students Receive John A. Orphanidys Scholarship Award
Congratulations to Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling master's students Claudia Cordero and Suresh Lama Tamang for being awarded the John A. Orphanidys Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).

CACREP and CORE Joint Accreditation Review Process Successfully Completed for RMHC
The USF Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A. degree) program now joins a handful of other higher education programs across the United States in successfully completing the joint review process offered as part of the 2013 affiliation agreement between the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

VA Smart Home Project Team & RMHC Faculty William Kearns Place Third in National Competition
The  National Brain Trust competition was part of a summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Innovation to help facilitate national, partnership-based solutions in the general areas of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

RMHC Alumni Ana Aluisy Releases New Book: Reinvent Your Relationship: A Therapist's Insights to Having the Relationship You've Always Wanted
Ana has been featured as an expert in numerous media outlets and has helped hundreds of individuals and couples improve their relationships.

RMHC Faculty Member Aaron Norton Receives Counselor Educator of the Year Award from FMHCA
The Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA) conference was held in Lake Mary February 4 – 6, 2016.

2015 News

Dr. William Kearns Delivers Prestigious Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial International Webinar
The webinar is part of the the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the country's oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization.

USF Florence Italy Study Abroad Program Gets Intimate with Relationships
What better location than Florence Italy to take an Intimate Relationships course? The course, which is taught by Dr. Rick Weinberg, Associate Professor in the USF Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program, is part of the USF in Florence Summer Study Abroad Program.

CFS/RMHC Faculty Receive $1 Million Long-term Training Grant
Tammy Jorgensen-Smith, PhD (PI) and Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD (CI) have received a $1 million long-term training grant from the Rehabilitation Service Administration, US Department of Education to promote the recruitment, training and development of highly-qualified rehabilitation counselors to meet the high demand for public sector providers of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services.

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