A unique aspect of the Center is the opportunities it provides for USF St. Petersburg graduate and undergraduate students to participate meaningfully in both cutting edge research studies and in volunteerism serving Pinellas County toddlers and preschoolers.
Since the Family Study Center’s opening, over fifty different USFSP undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students have contributed to regional, national, and international conference papers, most as first or second authors. In 2007, a report featuring the work of two Family Study Center students was nominated for the Outstanding Professional Paper Award at the Southeastern Psychological Association, and published in the journal Family Process in December 2008. Two recent papers appearing in Family Court Review were spearheaded by USFSP students, and a 2012 Family Process publication was the handiwork of three USFSP undergraduate students.
Family Study Center students also help provide service to our community and state. Students have collaborated with Dr. McHale, the 2011-12 President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH), in supporting the work of FAIMH’s statewide conferences in 2005, 2006 and 2012. They also support the Pinellas Chapter of FAIMH through monthly updating of its website, and regularly support the Pinellas County Early Learning Coalition’s quarterly comprehensive health and social-emotional screenings for area preschoolers.