Dr. Kathleen Armstrong receives Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Service Award from USF’s Kosove Society 

Kathleen Armstrong PhD, professor of pediatrics at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) received the 2017 Kosove Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Service Award.

The Kosove Award is given by USF’s Kosove Society, a community service organization. The Kosove Award honors and promotes individuals, collective social responsibility, and societal change for the betterment of humanity.

In nominating Dr. Armstrong for the award, Heather Agazzi PhD, an associate professor of pediatric medicine at MCOM, emphasized her commitment to children, families and the community.

“Dr. Armstrong spends personal time in the training and development of graduate students. Second, Dr. Armstrong has created several internship sites with community agencies to provide psychology students with training opportunities to work with vulnerable populations including children with developmental disabilities, children of diverse socio­ economic backgrounds, and minority children. These field experiences have resulted in better care coordination between physicians and behavioral health specialists as well as increased access to behavioral health services for our most at-risk families,” wrote Dr. Agazzi in her nomination letter.

Dr. Armstrong has dedicated her career to training psychiatry residents in evidence-based behavioral interventions for children with disruptive behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADAD, and anxiety. She inspires community interaction in the patient care process.

Dr. Armstrong garnered national attention on the Oprah Winfrey show for her work with local policy makers to ensure that children who are victims of trauma and abuse receive care.

Dr. Armstrong’s contributions are reflected through her advocacy and commitment to children with special needs, their families and the community.