The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences conducts high impact research. 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. The research goal of the college is to bridge the gap between science and practice with community-centered models. 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 colleges in Academic Affairs. Our diverse contract and grant portfolio in 2023 included 168 awards totaling $35M. The College is home to the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI), a national leader in behavioral health research. In 2024, FMHI will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of conducting applied research to improve services and outcomes for individuals with mental health, addictive, and developmental disorders. The College has added a new Research and Data Center to support faculty research initiatives. We continue to form research collaborations with a wide range of agencies and service providers across the spectrum.

Opportunities for students of all levels to get involved in meaningful behavioral research abound throughout the college. Undergraduate students can take advantage of our certificate program in research, engage in ample opportunities to volunteer in faculty labs, or apply for mentored research fellowships. Students interested in contributing to behavioral and community sciences can seek a terminal PhD degree in our highly rated doctoral programs in Criminology, Aging Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Social Work, and our interdisciplinary PhD program in Behavioral and Community Sciences.

Enjoy exploring the College’s research website. We are proud to showcase the important research that is being conducted in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.

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