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Recent Research Awards

$2,200,000 – Youth Mental Health Awareness and Training (YMHAT) Administration

Principal Investigator: Jordan Knab, College of Education

Sponsor: Florida Department of Education

This project establishes an evidence-based youth mental health awareness and assistance training program to help school personnel identify and understand the signs of emotional disturbance, mental illness, and substance use disorders and provide such personnel with the skills to help a person who is developing or experiencing an emotional disturbance, mental health, or substance use problem.

• $35,000 – Pilot Program to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences in South Pinellas County

Principal Investigator: Lyman Dukes

Sponsor: City of St. Petersburg

A partnership between John Hopkins All Children Hospital (JHACH), the City of St. Petersburg, USFSP College of Education’s SMART Leadership Summer Camp, and USFSP Family Study Center is established to help support a quality improvement education collaborative for children finishing 4th grade. The project focuses on vulnerable children to reduce the education gap, and enable school success.

$505,183 - Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioural Disabilities (SEDNET) Administration

Principal Investigator: Jordan Knab, College of Education


Sponsor: Florida Department of Education


This project, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, serves as a statewide coordination effort to create a network of local key stakeholders committed to assisting in the provision of a quality system of care for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Learn more about SEDNET Administration.

$2,976,534 - Randomized Controlled Trial of Prenatal Coparenting Intervention for African American Fragile Families

Principal Investigator: James McHale, College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

This project tests via randomized controlled trial methodology the efficacy of a prenatal intervention designed for unmarried, largely non-co-residential African American mothers and fathers expecting a first child together. Both child and family outcome measures will be assessed.

$117,417 - Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking Across the Middle Grades: A Research-Based Approach Using PhET Interactive Simulation

Principal Investigator: Karina Hensberry
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

A three-year program of research in collaboration with the PhET Interactive Simulations group at the University of Colorado Boulder, which is the lead institution for this NSF grant. Dr. Hensberry, will contribute to the development of computer simulations, support data collection involving these simulations in middle grade classrooms in Florida and Colorado and analyze data collected at these schools.

$166,361 - Geospatial Analysis of Ecosystem Change on Seminole Indian Reservation Lands

Principal Investigator: Barnali Dixon
Sponsor: Seminole Tribe of Florida

The goal of this project is to map and delineate selected habitats within the reservation to perform a spatio-temporal analysis in order to determine changes in landcover within the reservation over time. The results from this project will identify areas and habitats that experienced significant changes over time as well as areas (and habitats) that remained relatively constant over time. Identification and delineation sensitive areas (areas experiencing changes) and relatively stable areas (areas experiencing less changes) over time will provide insights into the ecosystem stress-response patterns that can be useful in developing long-term conservation practice and strategies within the reservation.

$1,214,765 – Project 10: Transition Education Network

Principal Investigator: Jordan Knab, College of Education
Sponsor: Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services

Project 10 assists school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes. It is the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and relevant school district personnel to address law and policy, effective practices, and   research-based intervention in transition services for youths with disabilities. Learn more about USFSP’s K-16 educational initiatives.

$225,714 - BRIDGE: Building Research Initiatives by Developing Group Effort

Principal Investigator: Alexander Brice, College of Education
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Project BRIDGE will create training and resources for researchers and consumers to collaborate on aphasia research and treatment.

$41,735 - The Effects of Captions and Transcripts on the Recall and Comprehension of Course Content

Principal Investigator: Lyman Dukes, College of Education
Sponsor: 3Play Media
This research investigates the educational value of both closed captioning and transcripts in lecture-based online courses.

$235,464 - Prep for Middle School Success

Principal Investigator: Harold Heller, College of Education
Sponsor: Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County
This program prepares 5th grade students for the transition to middle school and supports successful adaptation to life changes.

$1,330,000 - Organic Carbon Biomass, Burial, and Biogeochemistry in Blue Carbon Ecosystems along the South Florida Coast: Climate Change and Anthropogenic Influences

Principal Investigator: Joseph Smoak, College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture/USDA
This study uses in situ field efforts, remote sensing technology, and spatiotemporal models to quantify regional C storage and model future spatial variability of C stocks in mangroves and coastal marshes in Southwest Florida.

$124,986 - Paleolimnological Study to Natural Background Water Quality of Four lakes in the Kissimmee River Basin

Principal Investigator: Thomas Whitmore, College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsor: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Paleolimnological studies on lake sediments in the Kissimmee river basin to identify historical water quality conditions during a period of time when the lakes color and stage were in a more natural condition.

$137,350- Guilt and Expressive Writing for Reducing Alcohol Use in College Students

Co-Principal Investigator: Lindsay Rodriguez, College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
This project evaluates expressive writing as a novel intervention for problem drinking among college students.