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The Conversation: Warning signs can be detected sooner through universal screenings for student mental health

In an article written for The Conversation, College of Education Associate Professor Nathaniel von der Embse discusses the proactive system of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and the critical role schools play in supporting student mental health.

June 3, 2022Research

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USF team receives grant to help caregivers support preschoolers’ mental health

A USF research team has received a $50,000 grant from the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood to launch a new project that will help caregivers identify early warning signs of mental health issues in young children.

February 16, 2022Research, Resources for Educators

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Student Spotlight: Nicole Pacateque

Nicole Pacateque’s love for children and her desire to support their mental health led her to apply to USF’s School Psychology program.

December 16, 2021Student Life

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Student Spotlight: De’Vohn Roman

Shortly after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Florida, De’Vohn Roman began an internship experience that shifted his career goals. His motivation to work with children in a school setting led him to apply to USF’s School Psychology Program, and his studies at the university have enabled him to take on meaningful opportunities within the profession.

November 9, 2021Student Life

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Research team awarded $1.9 million grant to prepare next generation of school psychology scholars

A USF research team was awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund a multi-year project that will prepare the next generation of educators and scholars within the school psychology profession.

September 29, 2021Research

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Two College of Education faculty members awarded research grants from Institute of Education Sciences

Two faculty members from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education received funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to support multi-year research projects that will explore learning outcomes for Latino dual-language learners and multi-informant assessment solutions that improve mental health outcomes of middle school students.

July 16, 2021Faculty and Staff, Research

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Six school psychology doctoral students selected for nationally-competitive internships through APPIC match program

Six doctoral students from USF’s school psychology program were selected for competitive internships through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), an organization that helps match distinguished applicants with competitive internship programs available across the nation.

April 20, 2021Academics, College of Education News

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USF students help local youth practice evidence-based happiness strategies through class project

This spring, about 100 students in the College of Education are providing school-aged youth with evidence-based tools to improve their overall happiness.

February 2, 2021Academics, Community Engagement

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USF School Psychology Program joins national initiative to bring free social emotional learning resources to parents, educators

Faculty and graduate students in USF’s School Psychology Program have joined a collaboration of nonprofit organizations to launch the "ChooSELove To Thrive" series, a campaign that provides parents and educators with social emotional learning strategies for supporting students and families through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

April 14, 2020Community Engagement

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How to meet the social, emotional needs of your child during COVID-19

USF School Psychology Instructor Kahlila Lawrence provides some strategies for how parents can best support their children socially and emotionally while the whole family is at home full-time.

April 3, 2020Resources for Educators

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David C. Anchin Center hosts presentation on improving teacher well-being

At the Anchin Center's first community event of the year, Associate Professor and David C. Anchin Center Policy Fellow Dr. Nathaniel von der Embse presented about his work in supporting teacher emotional health and well-being.

January 7, 2020Centers and Institutes, Faculty and Staff, Resources for Educators

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Alumni Spotlight: Heather Agazzi

After spending time with young children as a childcare provider, Agazzi began to garner an interest in the field of school psychology.

November 12, 2019Alumni and Friends

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