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2021 News

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RMHC Student Carmen Florez Receives Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship in Tribute to CFS Research Assistant Professor Linda Callejas

The Dr. Linda Callejas Scholarship was awarded to Florez in tribute of Dr. Callejas’ work in community-derived and defined programming for diverse U.S. Latinx communities.

CFS’s Research Associate Professor Liz Perkins selected for Florida Department of Health’s new Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Workgroup

The State Health Improvement Plan is a five-year systematic plan to address the top health issues for Florida’s Public Health System. The priority areas for Florida were identified by the State Health Improvement Plan Steering Committee through a robust assessment process.

ABA Doctoral Student Arturo Garcia Receives Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship

The scholarship is through the National Latino Behavioral Health Association, an organization dedicated to bringing attention to the great disparities that exist in Latino behavioral health access and utilization of services, research and behavioral health workforce development. 

New U.S. Department of Education Report Highlights Examples of Work of CFS Faculty

 The U.S. Department of Education has released a new resource: Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health to provide information and resources to enhance the promotion of mental health and the social and emotional well-being among children and students. As part of the recommendations, the report highlights examples from the work of CFS faculty.

FCIC Associate Director Elizabeth Perkins Among CBCS Faculty who Co-author 7th Edition Text on Physical Change and Aging

This latest edition of Physical Change and Aging, 7th Edition: A Guide for the Helping Professions continues to offer practical, user-friendly, and comprehensive information about the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process.

CFS Professor Heather George Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Education to Improve Mental Health Services in Middle Schools

The 5-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will work to improve mental health services in middle schools implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).

CFS Associate Professor Trina Spencer's Research Lab Provides Early Research Experience for Students at All Levels

She has an organized research lab that involves students at all levels. She encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and empowers students to achieve high goals.

CFS and RMHC Welcome Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ming Hung Wang

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Wang will explore the latest developments and applications of technology (including AI) in rehabilitation and what the possible impacts are on the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Associate Professor Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Named 2021 Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (FACRM)

She was recognized for her outstanding record of professional service to ACRM and for the nationally significant contributions she has made to the field of medical rehabilitation by conferring on her the designation of ACRM Fellow.

New Scholarship Opportunity for CBCS Students in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and Social Work

Master’s students enrolled in the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences's Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and Social Work programs are among students eligible to apply for the new Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training Scholar (BHWET) Program at USF.

Research Associate Professor and FCIC Associate Director Liz Perkins Selected to Serve on Board of Disability Rights Florida

Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977 as the state’s designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida.


The project will develop a training curriculum for the staff of Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment providers.


For more than 30 years, the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program has partnered with parents to prepare their children for early school success using a home visiting model.

Associate Professor Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Selected to Serve on Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation

VACOR is authorized to provide advice and guidance in the area of vocational rehabilitation issues and to develop recommendations for VA’s consideration to the Secretary.

Dr. Liz Perkins Honored as EP Magazine Advocate Hero

She is listed among 50 Advocate Heroes being showcased for their extraordinary work and achievements as part of EP Magazine's 50th anniversary celebration.

RMHC 2021 Speaker Series on Race & Counseling

View speaker info and recordings of the presenations hosted by the  Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Program.

CFS Research and Grant Activity Shows Impressive Results for Current Fiscal Year

Although the fiscal year for USF does not end until June 30, CFS research and grant activity already shows an impressive effort among faculty and staff who participate in high-impact research and innovation to change lives, improve health, and foster sustainable development and positive societal change.

NIJ Grant to Address Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Programs in Schools

The goal of the 2-year, $478,553 grant is to inform ongoing implementation and improve program effectiveness for violence prevention and mental health training programs funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in response to the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act.

Research Assistant Professor Anna Abella Receives USF New Researcher Grant

She and Co-PI Monica Landers will be measuring the impact of a pilot implementation of a co-responding telehealth model on officer confidence and competence in responding to mental health crises.

Associate Professor Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Appointed to CRCC Ethics Committee

The Committee provides advisory opinions on select situations having ethical implications. Her term will run from May 15, 2021 – December 31, 2023.

Professor Marilyn Stern Invited to Present at National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Hot Topic Webinar Series

The event was part of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Hot Topic Webinar series and is being held in commemoration of National Minority Health Month.

ABA Students Share Research During Virtual CABA Event

Celebrating the different applications of behavior analysis in our community, the ABA Master's Program held a Community Applications of Behavior Analysis (CABA) Virtual Poster Expo on April 7th for students to share results of their practicum or self-management projects.

CARD-USF Gifted Special Artwork Now On Display Celebrating Autism Acceptance

The print portrays children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as puzzle pieces, reflecting the difficulty in understanding autism spectrum disorder.

Professor Jason Anthony Provides Expertise to Florida's Association of Early Learning Coalitions and Committee for Early Grade Success

He has extensive expertise in the foundational roles of language, literacy and mathematics development in early childhood and has recently been sought out to share knowledge gained from his research in the assessment of children, family-and school-based interventions, and program evaluation and statistics.

Associate Professor Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Co-authors Article on Traumatic Brain Injury in the Military and Veteran Unemployment

The article focuses on return to work as an important reintegration outcome for veterans and service members with traumatic brain injury.

CFS Faculty Author Five Chapters in Book Focused on Supports for Students with Problem Behavior

A second edition of Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors: Designing Positive Behavior Plans will be released April 15, 2021, and out of the 14 chapters, 5 of them are co-authored by CFS faculty.

CFS Professor Don Kincaid Elected President for the Association for Positive Behavior Support

Since its inception in 2006-2007, the Association has been led by multiple elected presidents from USF.

CFS Research Professor Heather Peshak George Develops Behavior Management Guides for Education Hub in New Zealand

She recently developed 7 research guides on behavior management for the non-profit education group, The Education Hub in New Zealand.

New Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®) 40-Hour Training Provider Pass-Rate Report Ranks USF Program Third in the Nation

USF ranks third in the nation among 24 RBT training programs that trained 50 or more RBT® examination candidates in 2020.

ABA Program Director Dr. Ray Miltenberger Among 2 CBCS Faculty Named New AAAS Fellows

AAAS Fellows are recognized for their achievements across disciplines.

CFS Professor David Chiriboga Among CBCS Faculty Contributing to Research on Health Vulnerabilities of Korean Americans

He is part of an international team of scholars researching mental and physical health vulnerabilities of older Koreans in Korea and the US.

Florida HIPPY T&TA Center to Conduct Pilot Test as Part of the Florida Office of Early Learning's Preschool Development Grant

The pilot project is aimed at testing the delivery of early childhood online digital supports to improve children’s school readiness skills. 

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