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USC School of Social Work

In fall 2009, the USC School of Social Work will launch a specialization in military social work and veteran services. This program, the first of its kind at a major research university, will train social workers and other mental health professionals to help the nation's armed forces personnel, military veterans and their families manage the pressures of military life and post-war adjustments.

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

R. Paul Maiden, Ph.D., Vice Dean, Academic and Student Affairs

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

Judy Axonovitz, M.S.W., Director, Skirball Academic Center

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

Jose Coll, Ph.D., Director, San Diego Academic Center

Carmen Frierson, Associate Dean, Administration

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

Dan Hester, Director, International Programs

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

Carrie Lew, Ed.D., Director, Professional Development and Alumni Relations

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

Myisha Moody, M.S.W., Interim Director, Admissions and Financial Aid

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

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

Haluk Soydan, Ph.D., 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., Associate Dean, External Relations

Leslie Wind, Ph.D., Interim Director, Orange County Academic Center

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

Marleen Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Field Education


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.*

Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health: Lawrence Palinkas, 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: Michàlle E. Mor Barak, Ph.D.*

Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor of Urban Social Development: Ron Avi Astor, 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.*; R. Paul Maiden, Ph.D.; Jacquelyn McCroskey, D.S.W.*; Michàlle E. Mor Barak, Ph.D.*; Lawrence Palinkas, Ph.D.; Penelope K. Trickett, Ph.D.*; Wynne Waugaman, 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.*; Ramon Salcido, D.S.W.*

Assistant Professors: 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.

Senior Clinical Fellow: Mary Gress, Ph.D.

Clinical Professors: Jolene Swain, M.S.W.; Marleen Wong, M.S.W.; Gary J. Wood, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Rafael Angulo, M.S.W.; Margarita Artavia, M.S.W.; Judy Axonovitz, M.S.W.; Jose Coll, Ph.D.; Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Ralph Fertig, J.D.; Esther H. Gillies, M.S.W.; Dianne Golden, M.S.W.; Kim Goodman, M.S.W.; Heather Halperin, M.S.W.; Mary Beth Harris, Ph.D.; Stephen Hydon, M.S.W.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Shannon Mayeda, Ph.D.; Jon Simon Sager, Ph.D.; Barbara Sarter, Ph.D.; Doni Whitsett, Ph.D.; Eugenia Weiss, Psy.D; Leslie Wind, Ph.D.; Deborah Winters, M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Stephanie Carter-Williams, M.S.W.; Valerie Richards, M.S.W.; Michal Sela-Amit, Ph.D.; Darlene Woo, M.S.W.

Adjunct Professors: 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: Nancy Flax-Plaza, M.S.W.; Herbert Hatanaka, D.S.W.; Sheri Kelfer, M.S.W.; Phyllis Massing, Ph.D.; Linda Poverny, Ph.D.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.

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

Research Professor: Haluk Soydan, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor: Jehoon Lee, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor: Tara Rose, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: John Milner, M.S.*; Howard J. Parad, D.S.W.*; Rino Patti, D.S.W.*; Barbara Solomon, D.S.W.*

Emeritus Field Education Faculty: 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 business; gerontology; law; policy, planning, and development; and Hebrew Union College. Undergraduate students in the university may earn a minor in Children and Families in Urban America or the interdisciplinary minor in Urban Neighborhood Studies.