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CBCS faculty receive grants for interdisciplinary research projects

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Multiple CBCS faculty were selected by the USF Research Advisory Board to receive the Interdisciplinary Research Grant, which supports collaborative research projects. This grant aims to leverage the faculty talent across the university's research enterprise and lead them to external funding.

The selected submissions reflect the highly collaborative nature of USF faculty, and in CBCS, the recipients of the $20,000 grant represent the Department of Criminology and the School of Social Work.

Criminology Professor Joan A. Reid, PhD, Assistant Professor Mateus Rennó Santos, PhD, and Associate Professor Fawn T. Ngo, PhD were awarded funding for their project "An Evaluation of OPTION Court in Hillsborough County." The team will work with Tiffany Chenneville, a professor of psychology at USF St. Pete.

School of Social Work Assistant Professor Jeongsuk Kim, PhD, MSW and Professor Nan Park, PhD, MSW, and Professor Alison Salloum, PhD, LCSW, as well as Department of Criminology Associate Professors Ráchael Powers, PhD and Shelly Wagers, PhD, received the grant. They will work together with Jennifer Hulett, assistant professor from Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri, on a project titled, "Acceptability and Feasibility of the Mantram Repetition Program to Reduce Mental Health Problems in Korean American Women with a History of Intimate Partner Violence."

Department of Criminology Associate Professor Jessica Grosholz, PhD and Professor and Chair John Cochran, PhD will work with School of Social Work Associate Professor Sondra Fogel, PhD, LCSW on their project titled, "Floridians’ Support for and Willingness-to-Pay for Prison Programming and Reentry Services Aimed at Reducing Recidivism." 

Department of Criminology Assistant Professor C. Jordan Howell, PhD was also selected for the grant. His project with Zacharias Pieri, associate professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, and Giti Javidi, professor and academic director in the Muma College of Business is titled "Evidence-Based Cybersecurity: An Assessment of Active Hackers’ Motivations, Modus Operandi, and Pathways to Offending."

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