True to its name, the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences conducts high impact research, mainly in community settings. The research goal of the college is to bridge the gap between science and practice with community-centered models. We research some of the most pressing societal issues of our time, for example, substance abuse, crime and criminal justice, child welfare, behavioral health, quality of life in aging populations, vocational rehabilitation, and school success. We conduct research to improve the quality of life, health, and safety of diverse populations and to promote positive change in individuals, groups, communities, organizations, and systems. Our research is often characterized by interdisciplinary approaches and active engagement with community partners.

We house some of the most research-active faculty in the university. The College ranks among the highest of all colleges in Academic Affairs for the number of new grant awards each year, with approximately $30M of funding annually. We have added an interdisciplinary PhD program in Behavioral and Community Sciences to our highly rated doctoral programs in Criminology, Aging Studies, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. The College is home to the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, a national leader in behavioral health research. The Institute conducts applied research to improve services and outcomes for individuals with mental health, addictive, and developmental disorders.

Opportunities for students of all levels to get involved in meaningful behavioral research abound throughout the college. We continue to form research collaborations with a wide range of agencies and service providers across the spectrum. We are proud to showcase the important research that is being conducted in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.

As the Associate Dean for Research and the College liaison for all research activities, I welcome your questions and input.

Howard GoldsteinHoward Goldstein
Associate Dean for Research
Office: MHC 1121
Phone: (813) 974-9613