Community & Family Health


Collaborative for Research Understanding Sexual Health (CRUSH)

Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public HealthUniversity of South Florida, Tampa


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The purpose of the CRUSH is to foster high quality interdisciplinary working relationships between faculty and students engaged in scientific discovery related to improvement of sexual health. The collaborative will accomplish this goal by:

  • Facilitating connections between members engaged in similar lines of scientific inquiry, thereby strengthening research teams and improving the rigor and competitiveness of extramural funding applications;
  • Supporting training opportunities in sexual health through provision of graduate-level courses and other didactics (e.g.,research seminars and journal clubs) and funding student research through small research and travel grants;
  • Recruiting students interested in sexual health promotion and research;
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for professional resources related to research in sexual health.

Core Faculty

Ellen Daley, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Community and Family Health

Stephanie Marhefka, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Community and Family Health

Cheryl A. Vamos, MPH, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Health

Affiliate Faculty

Julie Baldwin, PhD
Affiliate Professor, Department of Community and Family Health

David Himmelgreen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Celia Lescano, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing, Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health, Professor of Nursing and Public Health

Wilson R. Palacios, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Criminology

Kay Perrin, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Community and Family Health

Nancy Romero-Daza, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Anthropology

Diane M. Straub, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine

For more information, please contact: CRUSH@health.usf.edu.