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USC School of Social Work

Vasanthi Srinivasan, a professor at the Indian Institute of Management, is beamed to Professor Michàlle Mor Barak’s Global Diversity Management class, offering an inventive spin on a “visiting” scholar. New technologies – from video telecommunication to online journals available instantly through the Randall Information Center – give students an in-depth view of diverse clients and practices around the world.

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.

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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

Janine Luzano, E.M.B.A., M.Ed., 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., 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.; Suzanne Wenzel, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Maria Aranda, Ph.D.*; Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D.; Devon Brooks, Ph.D.; Kristin Ferguson, Ph.D.; Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, Ph.D.; Helen Land, Ph.D.*; Ferol Mennen, D.S.W.*; Ramon Salcido, D.S.W.*; Ann Marie Yamada, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Julie Cederbaum, Ph.D.; Tamika Gilreath, Ph.D.; Michael Hulburt, Ph.D.; Seth Kurzban, Ph.D.; Karen Lincoln, Ph.D.; Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D.; Eric Rice, Ph.D.; Janet Schneiderman, Ph.D.; Dorian Traube, 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.; John Bola, Ph.D.; Jose Coll, Ph.D.; Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Ralph Fertig, J.D.; Esther H. Gillies, M.S.W.; Kim Goodman, M.S.W.; Heather Halperin, M.S.W.; Mary Beth Harris, Ph.D.; Anthony Hassan, Ed.D.; Stephen Hydon, M.S.W.; Shannon Mayeda, Ph.D.; Jon Simon Sager, Ph.D.; Doni Whitsett, Ph.D.; Leslie Wind, Ph.D.; Deborah Winters, M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Stephanie Carter-Williams, M.S.W.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Valvincent Reyes, M.S.W.; Michal Sela-Amit, Ph.D.; Eugenia Weiss, Psy.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.; Monika White, Ph.D.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Lucia Aparicio, M.S.W.; Steven Bush, M.S.W.; Wanda Jewell, M.S.W.; CarolAnn Peterson, Ph.D.; Erik Schott, M.S.W.; Carlos Sosa, M.S.W.; Mara Ziegler, M.S.W.

Research Professor: Haluk Soydan, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor: Jehoon Lee, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: 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.), the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the dual Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work (M.S.W./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.