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USF study finds there’s a bright side to being a ‘Debbie Downer’

New USF research shows that keeping busy with a variety of activities can elicit both positive and negative emotions, and some of the relationship could depend on your age.

August 24, 2021Research and Innovation

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Drama llama or sleep deprived? New study uncovers how consistent sleep loss impacts mental and physical well-being

USF researcher finds all it takes is three consecutive nights of sleep loss to cause your mental and physical well-being to greatly deteriorate.

July 6, 2021Research and Innovation

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USF mental health expert helps craft legislation signed by Gov. DeSantis that addresses inequities in health care

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation guided by Kyaien Conner, associate professor of mental health law and policy, that addresses health disparities across the state. The bill is designed to improve access to health care through the creation of new initiatives and fiscal resources to support the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.

June 18, 2021University News

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$2.5 million grant helping researchers improve health disparities in communities of color

University of South Florida researchers are undertaking a multi-year study designed to improve health outcomes and reduce hospital readmission for people of color managing chronic illnesses.

April 5, 2021Research and Innovation

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USF audiologists address COVID-19 challenges for the hearing impaired with new face masks

Face masks have dramatically changed the way many of us communicate in public. The CDC recommends we wear them to prevent against the spread of COVID-19. That extra layer of protection does have a few side effects, especially for the hearing impaired. Face masks can reduce sound by as much as 12 decibels and block one’s facial expressions from being seen.

June 18, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

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Clinical trials show effectiveness of new approach to treating childhood trauma

Therapists at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay conducted more than 2,000 counseling sessions last year with children who had experienced some kind of trauma – what Meredith Grau, director of clinical services, describes as “anything that’s bad, sad or scary.”

May 1, 2020Research and Innovation

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Variety and Consistency are Essential to Keep the Mind Healthy

For many adults, the mid-30’s is a busy time. There’s often career advancement, the start of a new family and associated responsibilities. It’s also a critical time for how we diversify our days in order to stay up to speed. A new study from the University of South Florida finds a key piece to maintaining cognitive function throughout adulthood is to engage in diverse activities regularly.

February 18, 2020Research and Innovation

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Personalized Approach Helps Students Cross the Finish Line

Graduation ceremonies not only mark the successful completion of what is sometimes very intense and challenging journeys, but they also stand as a point of pride for the university who employs many strategies to ensure that students have what they need to succeed.

December 16, 2019University News

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Population Shift Resulting in Fewer Homicides

The international homicide rate has dropped 20 percent since 1990 and a new study concludes it’s likely not due to changes in domestic policies or current events.

October 9, 2019Research and Innovation

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Students Work to Reduce Jail Population

Students and faculty from the University of South Florida have had unprecedented access to the Pasco County Detention Facility in order to conduct screenings and interview inmates entering the county jail.

May 13, 2019Research and Innovation

Research professor Kathleen Moore displaying her innovative lockbox.

New Lockbox Helping Curb Opioid Addiction

Addiction treatment centers have long had trouble retaining patients in medication assisted treatment. However, medication-assisted treatment is an approach used for addiction recovery that utilizes medications like Suboxone, Vivitral, and Methadone to reduce opioid cravings, withdrawals and illicit drug use.

March 26, 2019Research and Innovation

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What Makes a Murderer?

New research from USF criminologist shows a significant connection between psychopathy and homicides.

December 11, 2018Research and Innovation

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