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USC School of Social Work

The USC School of Social Work uses Virtual Iraq, a program developed by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, as a training tool to replicate combat experiences as exposure therapy for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. The school’s newly established research, training and teaching initiatives to help veterans and their families have earned praise from Senator Barbara Boxer; Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Michael Donley, secretary of the U.S. Air Force.

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
Email: sswadm@usc.edu


Marilyn L. Flynn, Ph.D., Dean

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

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

Janine Braun, E.M.B.A., M.Ed., Director, Admissions and Financial Aid

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

Carmen Frierson, Associate Dean, Administration

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

Mary Beth Harris, Ph.D., Director, San Diego Academic Center

Dan Hester, Director, International Programs

Suh Chen Hsiao, M.S.W., Director, Student Affairs

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

Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, M.S.W., National Field Coordinator, Virtual Academic Center

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

June Wiley, Ph.D., Director, Virtual Academic Center

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.*

Provost’s Professor of Social Work, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Gerontology: William Vega, Ph.D.

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 Endowed 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.*; William Vega, Ph.D.; Wynne Waugaman, Ph.D.; Suzanne Wenzel, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Maria Aranda, Ph.D.*; Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D.; Devon Brooks, Ph.D.; Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, Ph.D.; Helen Land, Ph.D.*; Karen Lincoln, 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.; Erick Guerrero, Ph.D.; Michael Hulburt, Ph.D.; Seth Kurzban, Ph.D.; Eric Rice, Ph.D.; Janet Schneiderman, Ph.D.; Dorian Traube, Ph.D.

Senior Clinical Fellow: Mary Gress, Ph.D.

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

Clinical Associate Professors: Jane Allgood, Ph.D.; Rafael Angulo, M.S.W.; Margarita Artavia, M.S.W.; Judy Axonovitz, M.S.W.; Jose Coll, Ph.D.; Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Kristin Ferguson, Ph.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.; Shelley Levin, Ph.D.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Shannon Mayeda, Ph.D.; Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, M.S.W.; Jon Simon Sager, Ph.D.; Michal Sela-Amit, Ph.D.; June Wiley, Ph.D.; Leslie Wind, Ph.D.; Deborah Winters, M.S.W.; Darlene Woo, M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Stephanie Carter, M.S.W.; Suh Chen Hsiao, M.S.W.; Tory Cox, M.S.W.; Pamela Franzwa, M.S.W.; Conrad Fuentes, M.S.W.; Omar Lopez, M.S.W.; Valvincent Reyes, M.S.W.; Vivien Villaverde, M.S.W.; Eugenia Weiss, Psy.D.;

Adjunct Professors: Lucia Aparicio, M.S.W.; Margaret Fetting, Ph.D.; Michael Jackson, Ph.D.; Wanda Jewell, M.S.W.; Sheri Kelfer, M.S.W.; Diane Meadow, Ph.D.; Rose Monteiro, M.S.W.; Pat Sable, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Rita Bright-Davis, M.S.W.; Linda Cox, M.S.W.; Nancy Flax-Plaza, M.S.W.; Herbert Hatanaka, D.S.W.; Leigh Miller, M.S.W.; Sam Mistrano, J.D.; CarolAnn Peterson, Ph.D.; Monika White, Ph.D.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.; Mara Ziegler, M.S.W.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Steven Bush, M.S.W.; Sara McSweyn, M.S.W.; Erik Schott, M.S.W.; Carlos Sosa, M.S.W.

Research Professor: Haluk Soydan, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professors: Jehoon Lee, Ph.D.; Donald Lloyd, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Jan Nissly, Ph.D.; Hazel Atuel, 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

This new dual degree program is available beginning fall 2011.
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; medicine; policy, planning, and development; and Hebrew Union College. Undergraduate students in the university may earn a minor in Children and Families in Urban America.