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CBCS students awarded at 2024 Graduate Research Symposium

Celine Davis presents her poster at the symposium

Celine Davis presents her poster at the symposium.

Multiple CBCS students participated in USF's 2024 Graduate Research Symposium, and three doctoral students were selected as winners for their oral and poster presentations. Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders students Dimitri Brunelle and Celine Davis, as well as School of Aging Studies student Cassidy Doyle, were awarded for their research presentations. 

Department of Child and Family Studies student Jocelyn Jarvis and School of Aging Studies student Charity Lewis competed in the Health and Life Sciences category. Jarvis, whose major professors are Marilyn Stern, PhD, and Linda Callejas, PhD, presented her poster "Test Validity of a Single-Item Food Insecurity Screening Assessment among College Students." Lewis, whose major professor is William E. Haley, PhD, presented "Underestimation of Hearing Loss in Older Black and White Americans."

Dimitri Brunelle was selected as the oral presentation winner of the Health and Life Sciences category. He presented "Neural correlates of temporal processing improve following treatment with aldosterone: a behavioral and neurophysiological approach."

“I truly enjoyed hearing about USF's contemporary research at the 2024 Graduate Research Symposium," said Brunelle. "Witnessing my fellow graduate students eloquently present their findings left me deeply impressed. When I found out that I won the oral presentation competition, a surge of gratitude overtook me, as I largely credit USF for my development as a scientist and person."

Cassidy Doyle attends the symposium

Cassidy Doyle attends the symposium.

Cassidy Doyle and Celine Davis were selected as winners of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (including Education) category. Cassidy Doyle, whose major professors are Kathy Black, PhD, and Brent Small, PhD, was awarded for her oral presentation titled, "Correlates of SuperAging in Two Population-Based Samples of Hispanic Older Adults."

“The graduate research symposium is the perfect opportunity to practice presenting your research to a welcoming and non-judgmental environment," said Doyle. "Because I am used to presenting to other professionals in my field, this was an opportunity to not just explain my findings, but also to convey why my research area is important. When I found out I won, I was excited and surprised – everyone in my presentation group had such interesting research topics and findings!”

Mentored by her major professor Nathaniel Maxfield, PhD, CCC-SLP, Celine Davis was awarded for her poster presentation "Cognition in Crisis: Unravelling the Link Between COVID-19 and Cognitive-Linguistic Impairments."

“Participating in the graduate research symposium was an excellent experience and allowed me to build my confidence as a researcher," said Davis. "I was thrilled I was chosen as a winner and was able to proudly represent the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. I hope to participate in future research symposiums to further network with the USF graduate community.”

School of Social Work student Sydni Smith also participated in the symposium. Smith presented "Visual Modeling Promotes Workplace Equity for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder." Cleo Morris, a doctoral student in Behavioral and Community Sciences, and MSW students Rachel Walker and Rachel Gousie, gave the poster presentation: "School-based Bereavement Interventions for Children: A Scoping Review." Alison Salloum, PhD, worked with the students on this study. 

School of Aging Studies student Rio Tate presented his poster titled, "Sleep quality, cognitive aging, and mortality among middle to older aged US adults." His major professors are William E. Haley, PhD, and Brent Small, PhD.

Mentored by Kathleen Moore, PhD, Brooke Haney presented "Evaluating Equity: A Predictive Analysis of Outcomes in a Florida Problem-Solving Court" at the symposium.

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