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The Learning Academy at USF Announces Rebrand to LAUNCH USF
The organization is long-time leader in transition and employment services for autistic adults. This rebrand aims to reflect how the organization has grown.
FCIC Director receives Leadership Award from the Association for Positive Behavior Support
Donald Kincaid, EdD helped form the Association for Positive Behavior Support and served on the board for many years, with three terms as president.
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CRMHC Associate Professor to Serve as Journal's Associate Editor
Tammy Jorgensen Smith, PhD, CRC has been invited to serve as an associate editor for Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences.
USF'S ABA Program and School of Social Work Faculty Awarded $3.9 Million Training Grant to Fund Project MABAS
The project is aimed at enhancing the promotion of mental health wellbeing of children and youth with or at risk for behavioral and mental health challenges by preparing 40 high-quality school-based behavior analysts and social workers from diverse backgrounds.
ABA Program Director Raymond Miltenberger Publishes Seventh Edition of Popular Textbook
Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures is a commonly assigned textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in applied behavior analysis or behavior modification.
CFS Clinical Associate Professor Advises High Schoolers on Healthy Decision Making
Rick Weinberg, PhD, ABPP was invited to speak to Wharton High School students on their Club Day.
CFS Associate Professor Attends Bilingual Conference in Israel
The conference brought together scholars who shared their knowledge on intervention, narrative studies, bilingualism, and language development.
FCIC Names New Associate Director
Beth Boone, PhD, BCBA has dedicated her career to working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
CFS Professor to Serve as Member of NHLBI Single-Site and Pilot Clinical Trials Study Section
Marilyn Stern, PhD, CRC, professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS), will begin her term in July.
Tampa Midtown Rotary Club gifts $22,000 to USF-CARD and ABA program
The Tampa Midtown Rotary Club presented $22,000 to support USF programs that help individuals with autism and their families.
Associate Research Professor Receives Service to the Association Award from AAIDD
Elizabeth Perkins, PhD has been a highly active member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) for more than 20 years.
CFS Professor Presents Research on Teaching Safety Skills to Children
Raymond Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D presented his research as part of the Pints of Science Quarterly Lecture Series.
Former Instructor Creates a Lasting Legacy with Endowed Scholarship in CRMHC
After 15 years as an instructor in the University of South Florida (USF) Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC) program, Dae Sheridan’s name will continue to be recognized by faculty, students, and staff in CRMHC forever.
CFS Research Assistant Professor Elected to Global Alliance Board of Directors
Linda Callejas, PhD, will serve as a member-at-large to the board of directors for the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice for two years.
Celebrating 50 years of CRMHC: Meet one of the Program’s First Graduates
When the very first cohort of rehabilitation counseling students at the University of South Florida graduated, among them was Erio Alvarez, a recent veteran whose degree would advance his trailblazing career in corrections.
Past Executive Director gives $100K to Program that Supports Young Adults with Autism
Dr. Karen A. Berkman’s gift will benefit students in The Learning Academy.
CBCS Students Participate in IPE Day 2022
Seven CBCS students participated in the 5th annual Interprofessional Education (IPE) Day at the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation last month.
Florida Rep. Traci Koster Visits the Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Koster received recognition for her sponsorship of Florida House Bill 343/Mental Health Professional Licensure.
CFS Associate Research Professor Recognized for Disability Advocacy
Elizabeth Perkins, PhD is the 2022 recipient of the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
CFS Clinical Associate Professor Recognized for Exemplary Teaching
Richard Weinberg, PhD, ABPP, was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and was commended for his effective teaching, innovation, and commitment to students and their success.
CFS Researchers Share Expertise at ACRM 2022 Annual Conference
The team presented on multicultural and ethical considerations of behavioral health at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference.
ABA Graduate Student Receives Scholarship from Butterfly Effects
The scholarship is awarded to a student dedicated to making meaningful change in the lives of children and families affected by ASD.
CBCS Announces Recipients of Undergraduate Research Assistantships
Thirteen CBCS undergraduate students have been awarded undergraduate research assistantships to work with faculty on research projects in spring 2023.
USF Newsroom: Professor Lise Fox Receives Grant to Help Improve Pandemic-induced Child Behavioral Problems
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the $5.5 million dollar grant to advance her training and research activities on child behavior – a critical focal point, especially as children and parents navigate post-pandemic repercussions.
Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Celebrates 50 Years
When USF began offering courses in rehabilitation counseling in 1972 just 10 students filled the seats. Fifty years later, the number of students has grown to nearly 150, supported by a dozen faculty members.
15th Annual Fiesta by the Bay for Autism Oct. 7, 2022
The funds raised at Fiesta by the Bay help CARD-USF provide free programs and projects throughout the year across 14 counties.
CFS Professor Marilyn Stern Recognized Among USF Outstanding Research Award Achievements
This year’s awards recognize 26 faculty members—the largest group to date—for their important achievements.
CFS Research Professor, Heather Peshak George, Ph.D., speaker at Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Conference in Australia
The conference provided an opportunity for schools to hear the latest research on multi-tiered systems of support, to learn from researchers and practitioners about implementation of positive behaviour supports in schools and to network and share effective practice with others.
CFS Associate Inspires Students and University Leaders in Chile
Trina D. Spencer, PhD, BCBA-D, shared her research findings and provided consultation to university leaders in Chile.
Tampa Midtown Rotary Club to Host 11th Annual Cycling for Autism
On Saturday, October 22, 2022, the Tampa Midtown Rotary Club will host its 11th Annual Cycling for Autism to support programs at the University of South Florida focused on helping individuals with autism and their families.
Get to know the New Chair of CFS: Q&A with Lise Fox
Lise Fox, PhD became chair of the Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) in August. She has served in several roles within CFS over the past 27 years.
CFS Begins Fall 2022 with New Department Chair as Mario Hernandez Plans for Retirement
A "Passing of the Gavel" event was held July 29th for faculty, staff, family members and guests to recognize and thank Dr. Hernandez for his years of service to the department, and welcome Dr. Fox into her new leadership role.
CFS Assistant Professor of Instruction, Jillian Heilman, PHD, CRC Receives the Thomas "Tom" Ulvenes - Outstanding Community Service Award
The award recognizes individuals for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the community through courageous advocacy, education and diligent persistence in pursuing goals that improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program Celebrates First Graduating Class
The MFT Program prepares students in both theoretical and clinical work with individuals, families, and couples in the community.
CFS Research Faculty Linda Callejas, PhD Receives Grant from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
She and her team will evaluate behavioral health services for culturally diverse populations.
CFS Research Assistant Professor Amy Vargo and Program Director Pamela Menedez Receive $1.6 Million Grant from Florida Department of Children & Families
The new grant, Evaluation of Implementation to Fidelity of Evidence-Based Services, will Involve Conducting a Statewide Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Florida's Child Welfare System
Sarah Sheffield Receives Inaugural Bob Friedman Endowed Scholarship Award
An award established in honor of Dr. Friedman, long-time Professor and Chair in Child & Family Studies, is given to a graduate student in the last year of their study.
CARD-USF Autism Friendly Team Recognized by Tampa City Council
Since 2017, CARD-USF and the Autism Friendly Tampa committee have worked together to make Tampa a welcoming and safe community for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
CRMHC and MFT Host Virtual Career and Licensure Panel
USF Assistant Professor of Instruction/MFT Field Placement Coordinator Lauren Baxley, PhD, LMFT was the moderator and 8 panelists shared their expertise, wisdom and tips with students in both CRMHC & MFT programs.
CFS Research Associate Stephanie Martinez Selected for 3-Year Term on Board of Association for Positive Behavior Support
APBS is a multidisciplinary organization made up of over 1400 professionals (teachers, researchers, university professors, and administrators), family members, and consumers who are committed to the application of positive behavior support within the context of the school, family, and community.
RMHC Students Receive People’s Choice Award from the USF Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium
Congratulations to RMHC students Callie Hill, Jessica Klein and Kevin Spath who won in the Social & Behavioral Sciences (including Education) category.
FCIC Releases COVID-19 and Vaccination Information Videos for People with Disabilities
The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) UCEDD, in partnership with Diane Wilkins Productions, and funded by a grant from the Administration for Community Living/CDC, is pleased to announce the release of a new series of free educational videos.
Fully Online Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences Begins Fall 2022
Beginning Fall 2022, a new fully online Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences (RCDS) will be offered at USF to meet the increasing demand for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors to work with persons with physical, mental, emotional, and chemical disabilities.
Instructor Jill Heilman Profiled as USF Boundless Bull
She is a driving force behind the creation of the new Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences online master’s program, which prepares students for careers as rehabilitation counselors and professional disability specialists. She plans to share the stories of her children and invite other guest speakers with disabilities to speak with classes in the program to help end the stigma and stereotypes that those with disabilities face.
CFS Associate Professor Trina Spencer, PhD Shares Fulbright Experience in South Africa
After several starts and stops and a year and a half delay, CFS Associate Professor Dr. Trina Spencer finally made it to South Africa. She won a Fulbright award in 2020, but due to COVID-19, she was unable to begin her experience until 2022.
Haley Moss visits CARD and The Learning Academy to Share Journey through College and Career as Someone with Autism
As a lawyer, neurodiversity expert and author, she is a consultant to top corporations and nonprofits that seek her guidance in creating a diverse workplace, and a sought-after commentator on disability rights issues.
CFS Chair and Professor Mario Hernandez, PhD Featured in La Gaceta
The story explores Dr. Hernandez's childhood growing up in Ybor City to a Cuban father and Spanish and Sicilian mother and his experiences with racism against the Latin community.
CFS/RMHC Professor Marilyn Stern Honored as AAAS Fellow
Dr. Stern is recognized for her distinguished contributions to the field of psychology, particularly for development of parent-involved interventions for obese children and adolescents, pediatric cancer survivors, and at-risk youth.
CFS Associate Professor/ RMHC Program Director Contributes to Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The committee is organized by the Institute of International Education and encompass the diversity of U.S. academia
CFS Study Team is Conducting a National Online Survey of Former Youth Residents of Residential Treatment Facilities and their Parents and Caregivers
The survey is to help understand their experiences and perspective of the care received by the facilities. The types of facilities include programs such as therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness camps, residential treatment centers, and boot camps.
RMHC Hosts Coffee Hour with Fulbright Scholar
Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ming Hung Wang, CRC shared the history of disability rights movement in Taiwan along with the evolution of the special education and vocational rehabilitation systems, both modeled after systems in the United States.
- RMHC Student Carmen Florez Receives Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship in Tribute to CFS Research Assistant Professor Linda Callejas
- CFS’s Research Associate Professor Liz Perkins selected for Florida Department of Health’s new Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Workgroup
- ABA Doctoral Student Arturo Garcia Receives Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship
- New U.S. Department of Education Report Highlights Examples of Work of CFS Faculty
- FCIC Associate Director Elizabeth Perkins Among CBCS Faculty who Co-author 7th Edition Text on Physical Change and Aging
- CFS Professor Heather George Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Education to Improve Mental Health Services in Middle Schools
- CFS Associate Professor Trina Spencer's Research Lab Provides Early Research Experience for Students at All Levels
- CFS and RMHC Welcome Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ming Hung Wang
- Associate Professor Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Named 2021 Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (FACRM)
- New Scholarship Opportunity for CBCS Students in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and Social Work
- Research Associate Professor and FCIC Associate Director Liz Perkins Selected to Serve on Board of Disability Rights Florida
- Associate Professor Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga to Guide Development of Nebraska TBI Statewide Demonstration Project
- Florida Hippy Program and Children's Services Council of Martin County Form Partnership to Bring School Readiness Program to Martin County
- Associate Professor Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Selected to Serve on Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation
- Dr. Liz Perkins Honored as EP Magazine Advocate Hero
- RMHC 2021 Speaker Series on Race & Counseling
- CFS Research and Grant Activity Shows Impressive Results for Current Fiscal Year
- NIJ Grant to Address Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Programs in Schools
- Research Assistant Professor Anna Abella Receives USF New Researcher Grant
- Associate Professor Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Appointed to CRCC Ethics Committee
- Professor Marilyn Stern Invited to Present at National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Hot Topic Webinar Series
- ABA Students Share Research During Virtual CABA Event
- CARD-USF Gifted Special Artwork Now On Display Celebrating Autism Acceptance
- Professor Jason Anthony Provides Expertise to Florida's Association of Early Learning Coalitions and Committee for Early Grade Success
- Associate Professor Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Co-authors Article on Traumatic Brain Injury in the Military and Veteran Unemployment
- CFS Faculty Author Five Chapters in Book Focused on Supports for Students with Problem Behavior
- CFS Professor Don Kincaid Elected President for the Association for Positive Behavior Support
- CFS Research Professor Heather Peshak George Develops Behavior Management Guides for Education Hub in New Zealand
- New Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®) 40-Hour Training Provider Pass-Rate Report Ranks USF Program Third in the Nation
- ABA Program Director Dr. Ray Miltenberger Among 2 CBCS Faculty Named New AAAS Fellows
- CFS Professor David Chiriboga Among CBCS Faculty Contributing to Research on Health Vulnerabilities of Korean Americans
- Florida HIPPY T&TA Center to Conduct Pilot Test as Part of the Florida Office of Early Learning's Preschool Development Grant
Ruby Joseph Invited to Serve on USF's Institute on Black Life Faculty/Staff Advisory Committee
RMHC Receives 2nd 5-Year Grant Providing Scholarship Opportunities for Master's Students
ABA Program Receives Five-year Grant from the U.S. Department of Education
CFS Staff Among Awardees at 2020 USF Virtual Hispanic Heritage Awards Celebration
Three CFS Members Selected to Support USF’s Anti-Racism Efforts
Save the Date/October 2nd at 10:00am: Virtual Fall Colloquium on School Mental Health including Threat Assessment, School Safety, and Trauma.
FCIC: A Hidden Gem at USF Provides Much Support to People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
CFS Celebrates New and Continued Funding to Support Florida's Children and Families
Three CBCS Faculty Among Team Awarded a USF Women's Health Collaborative Grant
New Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program Established at USF for Fall 2020
2020 CABA Student Poster Session Revamped into Online Format
ABA Doctoral Students Record 50 Lectures in One Week for Remote Instruction
FCIC Admin Team Receives 2019 USF Outstanding Staff Team Award
Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Selected to Serve on USF Faculty Senate
Liz Perkins Honored by the National Historic Recognition Project: 2000-2020
CABH Student Reflects on Policy, Process and the the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee
Autism without Barriers: CARD-USF Profiled in 2-Part Segment on Telemundo TV 49
- RMHC Student Aysha Tenouri Completes USF's Entrepreneurial Program, I-Corps
- USF Students Prepare Education Materials for Autism Conference in Belarus
- 3 Rightpath Faculty Invited to Join Editorial Board of the Journal of Educational Psychology (JEP)
- Karen Berkman, CARD-USF Executive Director, Receives Joe Sanchez Jr. Leadership Award
- RMHC Offers 2020 Summer Study Abroad Course in Intimate Relationships
- Proceeds from Tampa Interbay Rotary’s 10th Annual Cycling for Autism Event Support USF's CARD and ABA Programs
- RMHC Students Recipients of Two Scholarships
- Karen Berkman joins USF President Judy Genshaft at Signing of Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation Award
- Online MS in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Program Earns No. 1 Ranking by BestColleges
- Online MA in Applied Behavior Analysis Earns No. 1 Ranking by BestColleges
- CFS faculty Dr. Rose Iovannone Presents Keynote, Sessions and Workshop at Queensland, Australia's Positive Behaviour for Learning Conference
- The Learning Academy at USF and MacDonald Training Center Announce Technology Collaboration
- USF ABA Program Faculty and Students Present at Inaugural Pan African Congress on Autism in Nairobi, Kenya
- CFS Faculty Among CBCS Researchers to Complete Study of Sarasota County Child and Youth Mental Health Services
- Congratulations to RMHC for Ranking Among U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools for Rehabilitation Counseling!
- Dr. Liz Perkins' Presidential Address at the AAIDD Conference Now Available Online
- CFS Faculty and Staff Publish Article on Neurodiversity in HR Florida Review Magazine
- CARD-USF Recognized at Mayor's Alliance for Persons with Disabilities Award Luncheon
- Dr. Trina Spencer Trains Specialists to Work with Children with Autism in Minsk, Belarus
- USF Part of $32.6 Million Grant for Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
- Educators from The Netherlands visit USF to Learn Firsthand about the FLPBIS Approach for Supporting Student Behavior
- CFS Works to Form Partnership with Kwara State University to Bring HIPPY’s Early Childhood Education Program into Nigerian Communities
- Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga to Serve as Chair of the International Military and Veterans Networking Group
- CFS's Dr. Heather Peshak George to Provide Keynote Address at National Leadership Forum on School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
- RMHC Student Jenny Vosburg Receives John A. Orphanidys Scholarship
- ABA Faculty Member Dr. Sarah Bloom Serves as Invited Speaker at Conferences in Israel and Turkey
- Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Profiled in American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine's Research Spotlight
- Dr. Kwang-Sun Blair Delivers Invited Workshops, Seminar, and Colloquium in South Korea
- Naples Daily News Commentary: Dr. Norin Dollard Discusses Juvenile Arrests and Baker Act Examinations
- Rightpath Research & Innovation Center at USF Receives $1.3 Million Research Grant from U.S. Department of Education
- Dr. William Kearns Interviewed by Tampa's Bay News 9 about Technology to Reduce Falls in Older Adults
- Dr. Heather Peshak George Serves as Contribution Editor of Special Issue on PBIS for the Journal of Behavioral Disorders
- FCIC’s Trainee Gary Lam featured on AUCD’s Emerging Leaders Map
- Dr. Liz Perkins is Forging New International Alliances in England
- Dr. Chih-Chin Chou Selected for Fulbright Award to Taiwan
- Dr. Rose Iovannone Elected President of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)
- 2017 Cohort of ABA Doctoral Students Gain Valuable Teaching Experience
- Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Serves as Co-editor on a Special Supplement of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Dr. Therese Sandomierski to Receive the Association for Positive Behavior Support's 2018 Ted Carr Early Career Practitioner Award
- CARD-USF Members Selected to Serve on Tampa's New Autism Friendly Advisory Committee
- Dr. Elizabeth Perkins Awarded the USF Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Award
- Dr. Lise Fox Receives $5.5 Million Grant to Improve Young Children’s Social and Emotional Competence while Reducing Challenging Behavior
- Dr. Kwang-Sun Cho Blair to Serve as Principal Investigator on New $1.11 Million Grant Funded by the U.S. Department of Education
- National Institute on Aging Funds Project to Monitor Electric Powered Wheelchair Navigation by Elderly with Cognitive Impairments
- Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Receives Travel Funds from United Faculty of Florida at USF
- Dr. David Chiriboga Serves on APA Multicultural Guidelines Revision Task Force
- CFS Provides Professional Development Training on Contracts and Grants for Principal Investigators
- New Center at USF to Focus on Early Intervention as Right Path to Success for Young Children
- Conn Memorial Foundation Honors CFS Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez for Service to the Board
- USF Researchers Among Presenters at Pasco County Anti-bullying Event
- Dr. William Kearns to Moderate Expert Panel at 2017 International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Conference
- Florida Ranks 40th in Latest National Report for Overall Child Well-Being
- Letter: 2017 Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
- Dr. Ray Miltenberger Receives CBCS Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
- St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus Opens The Learning Academy for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- City of Tampa Partners with CARD USF on Autism Friendly Tampa Initiative
- Fourth Year ABA Doctoral Students have Long List of Research Accomplishments!
- USF Receives $1.6 Million Grant to Continue Efforts to Address Drug Abuse and Related Behavioral Health Concerns of Children and Adolescents
- USF's Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Practicum Fair A Great Success!
- Drs. Tammy Jorgensen Smith and Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Receive Funding to Improve Employment Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders