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College of Behavioral & Community Sciences Presentation to the Board of Trustees Research, Innovation, Engagement & Job Creation Workgroup Thursday, August 22, 2013 Dean Julie Serovich
College of Behavioral & Community Sciences Formed in 2008, the college includes 7 academic units: Aging Studies Child and Family Studies Communication Sciences and Disorders Audiology (#12) Speech Language Pathology (#45) Criminology (#22 ) Mental Health Law and Policy Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (#30) Social Work (#89) Rankings from the 2013/2014 U.S. News and World Report
Research Centers The College houses 19 Research Centers including: Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) Florida Center for Inclusive Communities The Baker Act Reporting Center Global Center for Speech & Hearing Research Institute of Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health USF Center for HIV Education & Research USF Collaborative on Aging
FMHI CBCS is also home to the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). The FMHI mission is to improve the lives of people with mental, addictive, and developmental disorders through research, training, and education. Since 2007, about $78 million in federal and private grants was awarded to state and local agencies due to collaborations with FMHI.
Nutraceutical Effects on Cognitive Performance of Older Adults: The Blueberry Study Brent J. Small, PhD; Paula C. Bickford, PhD USF Neuroscience Initiative $50,000 A pill-based supplement that contained a proprietary formulation of blueberry, carnosine, green tea, Vitamin D3 and Biovin was used to evaluate changes in cognitive functioning among older adults. Adults, 65 - 85 years, received either the supplement or placebo. Persons taking the supplement improved significantly on measures of cognitive health across a two-month test period in contrast to those on the placebo whose performance did not change. Overall, the results suggest the potential for interventions like these to improve the cognitive health of older adults. The compound was developed and is marketed by a USF spinoff company, Naturatherapeutics, Inc.
School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Lise Fox, PhD, Glen Dunlap, PhD, Don Kincaid, PhD, Rochelle Lentini, Med, Heather George, PhD U.S. Department of Education; over $7.9 million total The diverse educational needs of children often challenge teachers faced with behavior problems in the classroom. Three decades of research resulted in school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) to help teachers prevent behavior problems and implement strategies to intervene quickly and effectively. Impact of PWPBS: Implemented in 52 of Florida's 67 school districts, Implemented in 18,000+ schools nationwide PWPBS has helped to shape federal policy: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Effects of Strength Training on Bulbar Function in Persons with ALS Emily Plowman, PhD National Institution of Child Heath Development Progressive speech, swallowing, and respiratory impairment (bulbar dysfunction) are prevalent in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients and account for 95% of disease mortality. This clinical trial is investigating the effects of an eight-week regimen of expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) on bulbar function in persons with mild to moderate ALS by assessing the effect of EMST on: swallow physiology and airway safety during swallow; cough function; expiratory force generating ability ; functional oral intake, swallow-related quality of life and self-reported swallow severity in persons with mild to moderate ALS.
Training Program to Produce Fair and Impartial Policing Lorie Fridell, PhD US Department of Justice. $1.0 million (additional $200k pending) Biased policing occurs when police officers and first line supervisors inappropriately consider race/ethnicity or other characteristics in deciding with whom and/or how to intervene. The purpose of this study is to revolutionize the methods used to train police officers to reduce “racial profiling” and other potential biased policing. Dr. Fridell and colleagues developed and tested the impact of five Fair and Impartial Policing Curriculums that are being implemented in law enforcement agencies/academies around the nation.
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Family Based HIV Prevention for Latino Youth (Latino STYLE) Celia Lescano, PhD National Institute of Mental Health (R01) $2,080,170 HIV/AIDS presents a significant problem in the Latino community. Developing culturally sensitive HIV prevention interventions for Latino youth, in particular, is a public health priority. This project examines the efficacy of a family-based HIV prevention intervention with 320 Latino youth and parents to decrease the incidence of HIV among Latinos. Outcomes being studied include: – changes in HIV-related sexual behavior and attitudes – changes in family relationships and parental monitoring/supervision
Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program- Smart House William D. Kearns, PhD and other USF faculty US Department of Defense, US Department of Veterans Affairs, and Ubisense, Inc.; $3,75 million to the team The Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) Smart House is an integrated automated system of care directed at the rehabilitation of veterans who have sustained severe injuries including traumatic brain injury (TBI). Smart House uses a highly precise indoor tracking system (to within 10”) to track the movements of injured resident veterans as they move about the facility receiving care. The system presents prompts and reminders through wall-mounted screens to help veterans remember to attend therapy sessions and to take medications. Movement variability is predictive of imminent falling in persons with cognitive impairment. Preliminary evidence suggests this is also true in TBI victims and that movement variability may predict treatment success.
Stepped Care for Young Children after Trauma Alison Salloum, PhD National Institute of Mental Health; $661,436 Trauma experienced by children includes serious illnesses or accidents, sexual or physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence, experiencing the death of someone close, and natural disasters. This study is testing a Stepped Care Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy intervention for young children (ages 3 to 7 ) with PTSD. Conducted in conjunction with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The approach incorporates parents into treatment by teaching them how to reach out to their child and help them feel safe, secure and able to reclaim their childhood.
Future Directions Dr. Howard Goldstein hired as first CBCS Associate Dean for Research. This past year the college hired three new Professors, ten Assistant Professors, and six Instructors. We will begin strategic planning in the Fall.