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.
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.
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.
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
|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.
- 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
- 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
- Sexually Transmitted & Infectious Diseases
- Sexual Health
- Healthy Weight, Nutrition & Physical Activity
- Obesity, Stigma
Interdisciplinary collaboration is key to research! That’s why our Research Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) come from different health and behavioral health course of studies.
RAs and GRAs support faculty with research-related tasks, while gaining valuable research experience. Are you interested in becoming an RA or GRA? Or are you faculty needing assistance with research? Email: CBHRT@ucf.edu for more info
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Biomedical Sciences; Minor: Psychology
Sports and Exercise Science (Human Performance)
Burnett Honors College
Health Sciences (Pre-Clinical)
Biomedical Sciences; Minor: Medical Sociology
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.