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USC School of Social Work

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Students in field-instructor Rafael Angulo's course, "Media in Social Work: Documentary Filmmaking as a Praxis for Social Justice," produce their own short films and gain insight into how documentaries can be powerful tools for social change.

The USC School of Social Work offers programs of study leading to the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in social work. These programs provide the student a broad background of knowledge about health and welfare problems, the meaning of programs past and present that have been established to meet them, and current issues and policy trends in the field.

At the same time, the student is helped to become a professional person through development of a philosophy in harmony with that of the profession: to prevent and mitigate severe social problems that challenge the viability of culturally diverse and complex urban settings; to build on the strengths of individuals, families and communities; and to lead the scholarly search for innovative, efficacious and just solutions.

Montgomery Ross Fisher
Building 214
Main: (213) 740-2711
Admissions: (213) 740-2013
FAX: (213) 740-0789


Marilyn L. Flynn, Ph.D., Dean

Wynne Waugaman, Ph.D., Interim Vice Dean, Faculty and Student Affairs

Devon Brooks, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development

Judy Axonovitz, M.S.W., Director, Skirball Cultural Center Program

Cathy Bryson-Moore, M.S.W., Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Paul Carlo, Ph.D., Director, USC Center on Child Welfare

Gil Carmona, M.S.W., Assistant Dean, Orange County Center Program

Carmen Frierson, Assistant Dean, Administration

John Gaspari, M.S.W., Executive Director, USC Center for Work and Family Life

Mary Gress, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Field Education

Dan Hester, Director, International Programs

Jehoon Lee, Ph.D., Director, Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership

Carrie Lew, Ed.D., Assistant Dean, Alumni Relations and Career Development

Cindy Monticue, M.A., Director, Marketing Communications

Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, M.S.W., Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Cherry Short, M.Sc., Assistant Dean, Global and Community Initiatives

Haluk Soydan, Ph.D., Co-director, Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services

Donna Toulmin, J.D., Director, USC/DCFS Training Program, USC Center on Child Welfare

Marlene Wagner, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, External Relations

Terris Wolff, M.B.A., M.S.B.A, Director, Information Technology


The Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair in Chinese Elderly: Iris Chi, D.S.W.

Driscoll/Clevenger Professor of Social Policy and Administration: Bruce Jansson, Ph.D.*

Ernest P. Larson Professor of Health, Ethnicity, and Poverty: Kathleen Ell, D.S.W.

Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research: John Brekke, Ph.D.*

John Milner Professor of Child Welfare: Jacquelyn McCroskey, D.S.W.*

David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sachs Professor: Penelope K. Trickett, Ph.D.*

Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professor of Social Work and Business in a Global Society: Michallé E. Mor Barak, Ph.D.*

Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor of Urban Social Development: Madeleine Stoner, Ph.D.*

Professors: Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D.; John Brekke, Ph.D.*; Iris Chi, D.S.W.; Kathleen Ell, D.S.W.; Marilyn L. Flynn, Ph.D.; Bruce Jansson, Ph.D.*; Jacquelyn McCroskey, D.S.W.*; Michallé E. Mor Barak, Ph.D.*; Lawrence Palinkas, Ph.D.; Madeleine R. Stoner, Ph.D.*; Penelope K. Trickett, Ph.D.*

Associate Professors: Maria Aranda, Ph.D.*; Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D.; John Bola, Ph.D.; Devon Brooks, Ph.D.; Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, Ph.D.; Helen Land, Ph.D.*; Ferol Mennen, D.S.W.*; Robert Nishimoto, D.S.W.*; Maura O'Keefe, Ph.D.*; Ramon Salcido, D.S.W.*

Assistant Professors: Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Ph.D.; Kristin Ferguson, Ph.D.; Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D.; Karen Lincoln, Ph.D.; Janet Schneiderman, Ph.D.; Dorian Traube, Ph.D.; Ann Marie Yamada, Ph.D.; Bradley Zebrack, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Ralph Fertig, J.D.; Esther H. Gillies, M.S.W.; James M. Karls, Ph.D.; Jon Simon Sager, Ph.D.; Wendy Smith, Ph.D.; Gary J. Wood, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Shannon Mayeda, Ph.D.; Valerie Richards, M.S.W.

Adjunct Professors: Harvey Buzin, M.S.W.; Frances Caple, Ph.D.; Margaret Fetting, Ph.D.; Michael Jackson, Ph.D.; Sharon Mass, Ph.D.; Diane Meadow, Ph.D.; Rose Monteiro, M.S.W.; Pat Sable, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Estella Andujo, Ph.D.; Herbert Hatanaka, D.S.W.; Sheri Kelfer, M.S.W.; Phyllis Massing, Ph.D.; Linda Poverny, Ph.D.; Doni Whitsett, Ph.D.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Wanda Jewell, M.S.W.; Carlos Sosa, M.S.W.; Burton Stiefel, M.S.W.

Research Associate Professor: Haluk Soydan, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor: Bin Xie, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors at the USC University Affiliated Project at Children's Hospital: Beverly Daley, Ph.D.; Diann Wingert, M.S.W.

Field Education Faculty: Rafael Angulo, M.S.W.; Margarita Artavia, M.S.W.; Brent Barcellona, M.S.W.; Rita Bright-Davis, M.S.W.; Stephanie Carter-Williams, M.S.W.; Nancy Flax-Plaza, M.S.W.; Mary Gress, Ph.D.; Iris Gonzalez-Thrash, M.S.W.; Kim Goodman, M.S.W.; Heather Halperin, M.S.W.; Stephen Hydon, M.S.W.; Marcia Mindel, M.S.W.; Michaell Rose, M.S.W.; Jolene Swain, M.S.W.; Deborah Winters, M.S.W.

Emeritus Professors: Frances L. Feldman, M.S.W.; John Milner, M.S.*; Howard J. Parad, D.S.W.*; Rino Patti, D.S.W.*; Robert W. Roberts, D.S.W.*; Barbara Solomon, D.S.W.*; Karen Subramanian

Emeritus Associate Professors: June Brown, D.S.W.*; Barbara Star, Ph.D.; Samuel Taylor, D.S.W.*

Emeritus Field Education Faculty: Lillian Hawthorne, M.S.W.; Rhoda G. Sarnat, M.A.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degree Programs

The School of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. In addition, the school offers dual degrees with the schools of gerontology; law; policy, planning, and development; the USC Marshall School of Business and Hebrew Union College. Undergraduate students in the university may earn a minor in Children and Families in Urban America or Urban Neighborhood Studies.