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2023 News

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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.

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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.


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