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June 13-19, 2022

Aging Studies student named McKnight Fellow

Charity Lewis

Charity Lewis, an incoming PhD student to the School of Aging Studies, received the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. This fellowship program has increased the number of African Americans who have earned doctoral degrees in historically underrepresented disciplines. The purpose of the fellowship is to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in Florida by increasing the pool of qualified candidates with PhDs to teach at the college and university levels.

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FCIC trainee featured in AUCD 2022 Emerging Leaders Map

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María Lucía Barbeyto, a Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) trainee and student of the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support, was featured in the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2022 Emerging Leaders Map. Barbeyto is a certified advocate and a pre-school director. The AUCD Emerging Leaders Map highlights the contributions of diverse trainees across the organization's network. The theme of this year’s map is "Supporting Resiliency and Self-Determination for All."

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Call for volunteers: Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training

USF is seeking healthy older adults (age 65 and older with no signs of cognitive decline) to volunteer for the Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training (PACT) study. This landmark study examines whether computerized brain training exercises can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Additional funding of $3.2 million was awarded to further investigate if Alzheimer’s disease can be detected early through simple blood tests. The grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, expands USF’s PACT study. The PACT study will now work with the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias to analyze blood specimens collected from study participants. Read more.

USF Social Work in Granada Spain

Students highlight study abroad experiences in collaborative blog

USF students recently embarked on an immersive study abroad trip to examine the socio-cultural context of people's health in Spain with School of Social Work faculty Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, LCSW and Manisha Joshi, PhD, MPH, MSW. Students on the trip published a blog titled "USF Social Work in Spain 2022" in which various authors wrote a journal entry recounting each day of the two-week program. In the blog posts, they share their hands-on experiences and pictures of their adventures abroad – visiting hospitals, exploring historical landmarks, trying Spanish cuisine, living with host families, and moreRead the blog.

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Inside USF: The Podcast wants your input!

As University Communications and Marketing celebrates one year since the launch of Inside USF: The Podcast, they are looking for your feedback on the program. Please share your thoughts on the topics that interest you and other factors that influence your decision to tune in.

Since its inception, three CBCS faculty have been featured on the show: Kyaien Conner, LSW, MPH, PhDKathy Black, PhD; and Kristin Kosyluk, PhD.

Click here to take the brief survey.

CBCS in the News

Einsenberg fills vacancies in Office of the Provost

USF Oracle

"Former Associate Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies Ruth Bahr will fill the vacant position of dean of the Office of Graduate Studies, which was previously held by Dwayne Smith."


Mandel, N. R., Cividini‐Motta, C., Schram, J., & MacNaul, H. (2022). Emergence of auditory–visual discrimination and tacts through exclusionary responding. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. doi:10.1002/jaba.927 

Wagers, S., Pate, M., & Busick, T. (2022). Prosecutorial decision making in domestic violence cases: Are prosecutors holding offenders accountable? Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi:10.1177/08862605221102446 

Defense of a Doctoral Prospectus 

Title: The "Reasonableness Divide": Comparing Community Members' Assessments of Force Reasonableness to Legal Standards

Student: Dustin A. Richardson

Program: Criminology

Date: Friday, June 17, 2022

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: SOC 351

Title: Juvenile Homicide Offenders: A Life-Course Perspective

Student: Norair Khachatryan

Program: Criminology

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: SOC 351 and Microsoft Teams (email for a Teams invitation)

Research Roundup

Mayaan Lawental

Mayaan Lawental, PhD, MSW (SOW)

WE-CARE - an innovative platform of Women Engaged in Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Environments for Substance Use Women 

Sponsor: Benton Technologies, Inc.


Amount: $332,056 (USF Subaward Amount: $21,405)

Our Women Engaged in Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Environments (WE-CARE) platform will leverage secure, cloud-based technology to provide virtual anonymous universal screenings and referrals for women of child-bearing age with possible AUD or SUD that will facilitate linkage to care. The application will integrate novel tools including universal e-screenings, motivational messaging, chat rooms and forums, anonymous self-referral to a drug and alcohol treatment center, and educational materials.

Dr. Khary Rigg

Khary Rigg, PhD (MHLP)

Adapting and testing an intervention for families with a parent in methadone treatment

Sponsor: FORE (Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts)


Amount: $1.3 million

Families Facing the Future (FFF) is an evidence-based intervention that has been shown to effectively reduce illicit drug use among families with a parent in methadone treatment. FFF combines relapse prevention and parenting-skills training with home-based case management services. Despite FFF’s long-term effectiveness, uptake among methadone providers has been low due to implementation barriers that exist. This project will adapt the FFF intervention, creating a modified version that is more feasible for methadone clinics to implement and that families will find more acceptable. The adaptation will be done in accordance with the ADAPT-ITT framework, which calls for modifications to be done in eight sequential steps. Once adapted, FFF will be scaled-up for wider dissemination across Florida methadone clinics. The community partner for this project is Operation PAR, one of the largest non-profit methadone providers in Florida.  

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Raymond Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D (CFS)

Evaluating Music's Effects on Running AU-USF Joint Research Project

Sponsor: Auburn University


Amount: $39,405

This research, jointly funded by USF and Auburn University, is a pilot project investigating the effects of music on the running pace of participants. As recent research shows that most active runners listen to music as they run, this series of studies will evaluate how we can use music to enhance and augment running performance. The studies will also elucidate basic principles of behavior that may enhance the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis practice. 

Joan A. Reid Conference

Join Associate Professor Joan A. Reid, PhD, LMHC, CRC for a free webinar on June 15 from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Reid will be discussing the development of trauma bonding measure in the context of commercial sexual exploitation. Click here to register and learn more. 

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