Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training

UCF School of Social Work

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT), established in spring 2017, is the first center established in the School of Social Work and the newest center established in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida.

Vision

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training does foster collaborative partnerships and cross-fertilization of mental health professionals, health care providers and behavioral health researchers whose united expertise creates cutting-edge solutions for improving the health and well-being of diverse populations. Patients and mental health consumers are often faced with a broad range of complex clinical and behavioral health problems, compounded by health disparities.

Mission

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training expands expertise and scientific discovery in evidence-based prevention and clinical- and population-based research to improve best practices and behavioral health outcomes for local, national and global communities.

Services

Provide direct training and core support for professional training in behavioral health topics

Support services providers in program evaluation and in conducting practice research by teaching how to internally assess their own functioning outcomes

Provide service providers information on research evidence to apply to their local practices

Provide education on research, data collection and analysis, and access to evidence-based programs and practices

Grants and Training Areas

Faculty members associated with the CBHRT conduct training and research in a variety of behavioral health topics aligned with Florida’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) for 2017-2021.

2020 Award Recipients

PICo-PI(s)Project Title Amount
Susanny Beltran, Ph.D., MSW Morris Beato, P.T., DPT, GCS and Norma Conner, Ph.D., RN., FNAP Central Florida Nursing Home Staff’s Perceptions and Experiences Collaborating with Hospice. $5,000
Keith Brazendale, Ph.D., MSc Ana Leon, Ph.D., LCSW Investigating the Underlying Mechanisms of Disparities in Sleep Deficiencies in Children. $5,000
Julia O'Connor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH Eric Schrimshaw, Ph.D., MS Exploring Protective-Factors for Sexual Violence Perpetration Among College-Aged Men. $5,000
Asli Yalim, Ph.D., MSW Katia Ferdowsi, MD, MPH

Students: Kenan Sualp, MSW (doc. student) & Carli Meyerson (GRA)
Understanding Barriers to Implementation of a Refugee Mental Health Assessment for Newly
Arrived Refugees in Central Florida.
$5,000

Topics

  • Health Equity
    • Health Policy & Literacy
    • Cancer Disparities
  • Maternal & Child Health
    • Pediatric Health & Mental Health
  • Injury, Safety & Violence
    • Violence Prevention
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Chronic Diseases & Conditions
    • End of Life Care
    • Chronic Illness in Children
    • Dementia
  • Behavioral Health
    • Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention
    • Suicide Prevention, Intervention &Postvention
    • Evidence-Based Practices (TF-CBT, MI)
    • Solution-Focused Practices
    • Culturally Sensitive Practices for Diverse Population(LGBTQ+, Disability, Latino, Deaf & Hard of Hearing)
    • Loss, Grief & Bereavement
    • Aging
  • Sexually Transmitted & Infectious Diseases
    • Sexual Health
  • Healthy Weight, Nutrition & Physical Activity
    • Obesity, Stigma

Research Assistants

paola

Paola Luigi
Graduate Assistant
Social Work Master’s program (MSW Traditional Track)
since January 2020

marissaM

Marissa McNeil
Graduate Assistant
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
since September 2019

hollyB

Holly Bertholf
Health Sciences Major
since January 2020

michael

Michael Cosare
Health Science Major
(Pre-Clinical)
since May 2019

cleo

Cleopatra Elshiekh
Biomedical Sciences Major
since January 2020

emilyF

Emily Ferguson
Sports & Exercise Science Major
since August 2019

tirzahF

Tirzah Fernandez
Psychology Major
since May 2019

marieH

Marie Hamel
Burnett Honors College
since January 2020

fatima

Fatima Hussain
Interdisciplinary Studies Major
since August 2019

aartie

Aartie Pooani
Health Sciences Major (Pre-Clinical)
since January 2019

marissaS

Marissa Smith
Psychology Major, Biomedical Science and History Minor
since August 2019

Get Involved

The Center is a collaborative workspace and is here to support faculty, students, and community partners. We work with students and researchers from all disciplines to find synergies and advance behavioral health.  If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us.

Interested in Grants or Trainings?

If you are interested in collaborating on a grant or hosting a training for your organization, please fill out this form and we will respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.

Contact

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Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor, Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 249
Phone: 407-823-2954
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Susanny Beltran, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor, Center Co-Director
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: HS I Room: 244
Phone: 407-823-4662
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Lisa Borntrager, MSW

Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work
Location: Barbara Ying Center Room: 125
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Lauren Taylor

Administrative Support
Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training, Social Work

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