Adolescent Behavioral Health Institute kicks off 2014 with second cohort of students

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The USF Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health welcomed its second cohort of Scholars at an orientation session held on January 31.

Scholars are students and professionals working and studying in child and adolescent behavioral health. This year, they represent the fields of behavioral health, education, nursing, psychology, public health, rehabilitation, and mental health counseling, school psychology, and social work.


Institute Scholars 2014

The second cohort of Institute Scholars include: Shawna Green, Jessica Koelsch, Kristen McCallum, Lauren Nieder, Flossie Parsley, Jennifer Shepherd, Sharlene Smith, Ashley Souza (not pictured), Bailey Thompson, Jessica Vazquez, Maria von Zuben, and Heather Walders.



At orientation, incoming Scholars mingled with current Scholars, who shared their experiences in the Institute as well as with service learning research projects. The second cohort is currently enrolled in an online course, PHC 6539 Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health. Additionally, they will attend The 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, March 2-5 in Tampa. Scholars will network with Institute Community Agency Partners, Academic Mentors, National Advisory Board members, and attend presentations from the first cohort’s service learning translational research projects.

The USF College of Public Health is the parent organization for the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health. Its mission is to “develop, cultivate, and disseminate an innovative model of research education that addresses best practices for translational research in the field of adolescent behavioral health, as it relates to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.”

The Department of Community and Family Health is the academic home for the Institute.  The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well as dual degrees, special programs, and graduate certificates.

Story by Heather Williamson, USF College of Public Health

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