The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is a leader in social work and nursing education and research. The school integrates the science of social work with real-world practice to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities and advance social and economic justice on a local, national and global scale. Photos by Tracy Boulian + David Ahntholz/John Davis.
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers programs of study leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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, PhD, Dean, 2U Endowed Chair in Educational Innovation and Social Work
R. Paul Maiden, PhD, Executive Vice Dean, Academic and Student Affairs
Janine Braun, EMBA, MEd, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Scholarship Programs
Carl Castro, PhD, Director, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families
Monica Ellis, MA, Assistant Dean, Student Services
Carmen Frierson, Vice Dean, Administration
John Gaspari, MSW, Executive Director, USC Center for Work and Family Life
Anthony Hassan, EdD, Director, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families
Dan Hester, Departments Chief of Staff
Michael Hurlburt, PhD, Director, PhD Program
Charles Kaplan, PhD, Associate Dean, Research
Jehoon Lee, PhD, Director, Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership
Carrie Lew, EdD, Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development
Cindy Monticue, MA, Director, Marketing Communications
Michàlle Mor Barak, PhD, Director, PhD Program
Ellen Olshansky, PhD, RN, Chair, Nursing Department
Sharon O'Neill, JD, DNP, Vice Chair, Nursing Department
Scarlett Powers Osterling, MSW, Senior Associate Dean, Advancement
David Schonfeld, MD, Director, National Center on School Crisis and Bereavement
Cherry Short, MSc, Associate Dean, Global and Community Initiatives
Wendy Smith, PhD, Associate Dean, Curriculum Planning and Assessment
Marvin Southard, DSW, Director, DSW Program and Cohen Veterans Clinic
Haluk Soydan, PhD, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Donna Toulmin, JD, Director, USC Center on Child Welfare
Dorian Traube, PhD, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
William Vega, PhD, Executive Director, USC Roybal Institute on Aging
Joshua Watson, EdD, Director, Student Services
Eugenia Weiss, PsyD, Director, Orange County Academic Center
June Wiley, PhD, Director, Virtual Academic Center
Leslie Wind, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Terris Wolff, MBA, MSBA, Chief Technology Officer, Information Technology
Marleen Wong, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, Field Education
Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Dr. Frances Wu Endowed Chair: Iris Chi, DSW
Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine: Hortensia Amaro, PhD
Margaret W. Driscoll/Louise M. Clevenger Professorship in Social Policy and Administration: Bruce Jansson, PhD*
Dean's Professor of Social Work and Business: Michàlle E. Mor Barak, PhD*
Frances L. and Albert G. Feldman Endowed Professorship in Social Policy and Health: Lawrence Palinkas, PhD
Ernest P. Larson Professor of Health, Ethnicity and Poverty: Kathleen Ell, DSW
Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research: John Brekke, PhD*
John Milner Professor of Child Welfare: Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW*
Provost's Professor of Social Work, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Gerontology: William Vega, PhD
Cleofas and Victor Ramirez Professor of Practice, Policy, Research and Advocacy for the Latino Population: William Vega, PhD
David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sachs Professor of Mental Health: Marleen Wong, PhD
Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development: Suzanne Wenzel, PhD
Lenore Stein-Wood and Williams S. Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health: Ron Avi Astor, PhD
2U Endowed Chair in Educational Innovation and Social Work: Marilyn Flynn, PhD
Professors: Hortensia Amaro, PhD; Ron Avi Astor, PhD; John Brekke, PhD*; Iris Chi, DSW; Kathleen Ell, DSW; Marilyn L. Flynn, PhD; Bruce Jansson, PhD*; R. Paul Maiden, PhD; Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW*; Michàlle E. Mor Barak, PhD*; Ellen Olshansky, PhD; Lawrence Palinkas, PhD; Penelope K. Trickett, PhD*; Avelardo Valdez, PhD; William Vega, PhD; Wynne Waugaman, PhD; Suzanne Wenzel, PhD
Associate Professors: Maria Aranda, PhD*; Concepcion Barrio, PhD; Devon Brooks, PhD; Julie Cederbaum, PhD; Alice Cepeda, PhD; Erick Guerrero, PhD; Michael Hurlburt, PhD; Maryalice Jordan- Marsh, PhD; Helen Land, PhD*; Karen Lincoln, PhD; Ferol Mennen, DSW*; Emily Putnam-Hornstein, PhD; Eric Rice, PhD; Dorian Traube, PhD; Shinyi Wu, PhD; Ann Marie Yamada, PhD
Assistant Professors: Carl Castro, PhD; Robynn Cox, PhD; Tamika Gilreath, PhD; Jeremy Goldbach, PhD; Benjamin Henwood, PhD; Jungeun Olivia Lee, PhD
Clinical Professors: Eileen Abel, PhD; Rafael Angulo, MSW; Margarita Artavia, MSW; Judith Axonovitz, MSW; Ralph Fertig, JD; Stephen Hydon, MSW; Anne Katz, PhD; Murali Nair, PhD; Doni Whitsett, PhD; Marleen Wong, PhD
Clinical Associate Professors: Jane Allgood, PhD; Estela Andujo, MSW; Juan Araque, PhD; Karra Bikson, PhD; David Bringhurst, PhD; Ruth Cislowski, MSW; Tory Cox, MSW; Jill Davis, MSW; Laurel Davis, MSW; Annalisa Enrile, PhD; Kimberly Finney, PhD; Terence Fitzgerald, PhD; Amber Ford, MSW; Pamela Franzwa, MSW; Conrad Fuentes, MSW; Stephanie George; Kim Goodman, MSW; Bianca Harper, DSW; Mary Beth Harris, PhD; Suh Chen Hsiao, MSW; Maria Hu-Cordova, MSW; Nadia Islam, PhD; Dawn Joosten, PhD; Seth Kurzban, PhD; Terri Lee, MSW; Shelley Levin, PhD; Jennifer Lewis, PhD; Omar Lopez, MSW; Martha Lyon-Levine, PhD; Shannon Mayeda, PhD; Renee Michelsen, MSS; Sam Mistrano, JD; Sharon O'Neill, JD, DNP; Christina Paddock, MSW; Tyan Parker Dominguez, PhD; Elizabeth Phillips, PhD; Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, MSW; Amber Ramirez, MSW; Michael Rank, PhD; Russana Rowles, MSW; Erik Schott, EdD; Michal Sela-Amit, PhD; Renee Smith-Maddox, PhD; Candace Smith, EdD; Wendy Smith, PhD; Fred Stone, PhD; Ruth Supranovich, MSW; Vivien Villaverde, MSW; Benita Walton-Moss, NP; Eugenia Weiss, PsyD; Ruth White, PhD; June Wiley, PhD; Leslie Wind, PhD; Deborah Winters, MSW; Lisa Wobbe-Veit, MSW; Darlene Woo, MSW; Beverly Younger, PhD; Kristen Zaleski, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professors: Rosamaria Alamo, MSW; Nikki Cavalier, MSW; Susan Edwards, MSW; Theresa Granger, PhD, ARNP; Melissa Singh, MSW; Michelle Zappas, DNP
Senior Lecturers: Steven Bush, MSW; Sarah Caliboso-Soto, MSW; Kerry Doyle, MSW; Alyson Mischel Ein, PhD; Marco Formigoni, MSW; Laura Gale, MSW; Robert Hernandez, MSW; Susan Hess, MSW; Harry Hunter Jr., PhD; Stacy Kratz, MSW; Cheryl Macon-Oliver, MSW; Rick Newmyer, MSW; Aimee Odette, MSW; Jennifer Parga, MSW; Cynthia Rollo-Carlson, MSW; Shane'a Thomas, MSW; Shantel Vachani, JD; Andrea Witkin, MSW
Senior Lecturer, Research: Jan Nissly, PhD
Adjunct Professors: Lucia Aparicio, MSW; Vern Bengtson, PhD; Margaret Fetting, PhD; Michael Jackson, PhD; Wanda Jewell, MSW; Sheri Kelfer, MSW; Susan Lindau, MSW; Diane Meadow, PhD; Nancy Tkacs, PhD; Marcia Wilson, PhD; Mara Ziegler, MSW
Adjunct Associate Professors: Rita Davis, MSW; Nancy Flax-Plaza, MSW; Herbert Hatanaka, DSW; Heather Halperin, MSW; Kristie Holmes, PhD; CarolAnn Peterson, PhD; Jodi Smith, MSW
Adjunct Assistant Professors: Golnaz Agahi, MSW/MPH; Amy Alexander, MSW; Christopher Atkins, MSW; Wayne Barnstone, MSW; Mary Baron, MSW; Debra Berl, MSW; Sherry Blair, MSW; Ann Marie Brown, MSW; John Bucholtz, MSW; Susan Bueker, MSW; Dana Caballero, MSW; Stephanie Carter, MSW; Linda Cox, MSW; Todd Creager, MSW; Marcia Cunha, MSW; Wilhelmina De Castro, MSW; Lorraine Demi, MSW; Julie Emmer, MSW; William Feureborn, DSW; Dan Field, MSW; Tina Fietsam, MSW; Terri Fong, MSW; Amy Giesler, MSW; Alan Gordon, MSW; Leah Hanzlicek, MSW; Jason Harley, MSW; Joseph Harper, MSW; Trang Hoang, PhD; Kenneth Howard, MSW; Jazmin Jackson, MSW; Lisa Kabot, MSW; Shawnmari Kaiser, MSW; Stephen Koffman, MSW; Karen Leaf, MSW; Eileen Lemus, MSW; Marsalee Malatesta, MSW; Sofia Martinez, MSW; Elizabeth Misener, PhD; Nadia Mishael, PsyD; Sheila Monaghan, MA; Helene Morgan, MSW; Brittani Morris, MSW; Debbie Murad, MSW; Sherri Nader, PsyD; Deidre Norville, MSW; Katherine November, MSW; Laura Owen, MSW; Michelle Parra, PhD; Thomas Peterson, MBA; Sofia Reddy, MSW; Evangelina Reina, MSW; Jennifer Roberts, MSW; Lily Ross, MSW; Samih Samaha, MSW; Heidi Schnell-Cisneros, MSW; Stacy Story, MSW; Rocio Martinez-Sanchez Terry, MSW; Arlene Tippy, MSW; Russell Vergara, MSW; Tessa Wallace, MSW; Matthew Wells, MSW; Sharon Wheeler, MSW; Victoria Winsett, MSW
Research Professors: Charles Kaplan, PhD; Haluk Soydan, PhD
Research Associate Professors: Jehoon Lee, PhD; Donald Lloyd, PhD; Janet Schneiderman, PhD
Research Assistant Professors: Hazel Atuel, PhD; Sara Kintzle, PhD; Sonya Negriff, PhD; Harmony Rhoades, PhD; Sherrie Wilcox, PhD, Hsin Yi Hsiao, PhD
Emeritus Professors: Howard J. Parad, DSW*; Rino Patti, DSW*; Barbara Solomon, DSW*
Emeritus Field Education Faculty: Rhoda G. Sarnat, MA
*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.
The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (MSW), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the Doctor of Social Work (DSW), the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the dual Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work (MSW/PhD) degrees. In addition, the school offers dual degrees with the schools of business; gerontology; law; medicine; public policy; and Hebrew Union College.
Dual Degree Programs
The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work currently offers dual degree programs with a number of other USC professional schools. In addition, the school maintains a dual degree program at Hebrew Union College located adjacent to the USC campus.
The goal of these programs is to encourage graduate students to gain a recognized competence in another discipline which has direct relevance to the roles filled by social workers in society. Dual degree programs are based on the premise that some topics covered in the school are also addressed in the curricula of other departments, so that some credit toward an MSW degree may be given for specific courses in the cooperating department. Similarly, these departments have recognized that some credit toward their corresponding degree may be awarded for work completed in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. For this reason, students enrolled in dual degree programs can obtain both degrees with a reduced number of total units. Students wishing to enroll in dual degree programs must apply for and be admitted to both schools.
Master of Social Work/Master of Science, Gerontology
The MS/MSW dual degree offers the student interested in direct service or community organization the credentials most valued in clinical and therapeutic practice. Students enrolled in this dual degree receive an MSW as well as an MS in Gerontology. This dual degree requires completion of 73 units: 32 units of work in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and 41 units in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The course work is usually completed over a 24-month period for full-time students.
Students must complete MSW course work in foundation, foundation field instruction and core courses specific to the AMHW or SCI departments.
See the Master of Social Work/Master of Science, Gerontology (MSW/MS) in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology for course requirements.
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration, Public Policy
The Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work (MPA/MSW) dual degree program provides those students interested in careers as administrators of social service agencies the opportunity to combine preparation in the substantive field of social work with the acquisition of the administrative capabilities necessary in the public sector. Students must complete 82 units: 54 units in social work and 28 units in public administration.
Dual degree students must complete MSW course work in foundation, field and core courses specific to the AMHW, SCI or CYF departments.
Most students complete both program requirements over a 24-month period for full-time students. See the USC Price School of Public Policy for course requirements.
Master of Social Work/Juris Doctor, Law
The Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work (JD/MSW) dual degree program with the USC Gould School of Law is a four-year program in which students complete a total of 121 units. This includes 45 units in social work and 76 units in law.
To earn the JD, all students (including dual degree students) must complete 35 numerically graded law units at USC after the first year. The associate dean may make exceptions to this rule for students enrolled in law school honors programs. Students must apply to both programs prior to matriculation. The program of study is as follows:
First and Second Years: Complete both the first year JD program of study and MSW course work in foundation, field and core courses specific to the AMHW, SCI or CYF departments.
Third Year: Complete the second year JD program.
Fourth Year: Complete the remaining required core department and field courses and one semester of field instruction and the final semester of the JD program in the spring.
The law school gives credit for the third semester in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, while the latter recognizes law courses as substitutions for a one-semester practice course, special topics courses, a third semester of social policy and one semester of field instruction (for which a clinical law semester is substituted).
Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration, Business
The MSW/MBA dual degree develops knowledge and skills in working with individuals, families and groups, as well as organizational dynamics, marketing, decision sciences, accounting and human relations. Students interested in working in the management of human services and not-for-profit organizations will develop knowledge of human resources, philanthropic and corporate social responsibility, organizational development and information management.
Prospective students must apply to both the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Marshall School of Business .
The MSW/MBA requires completion of a total of 96 units: 48 in the Marshall School of Business and 48 in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Students must select Department of Social Change and Innovation (SCI). Dual degree students must complete MSW course work in foundation, field and core courses specific to the SCI department.
Course requirements in the Marshall School of Business include all required courses in an MBA program and graduate business electives sufficient to bring the total units completed in the Marshall School of Business to at least 48. Dual degree students may not count courses taken outside the Marshall School of Business toward the 48 units. For MBA admission and degree requirements, visit USC Marshall School of Business .
The MBA and the MSW degrees are awarded simultaneously upon completion of all program requirements.
Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services
The Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, located in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, serves as the administrative umbrella for the school's centers of research excellence. These centers of interdisciplinary research include the areas of aging, behavioral health, child welfare, homelessness, severe mental illness, veterans and military families, and management and policy. The center hosts seminars and colloquia, which are open to the university and community.
Research projects are supported by federal, state, county and school resources. The center engages faculty in research, demonstration and application in building and testing theory, developing research instruments, testing models of service and treatment modalities, evaluating programs and service policy. The center also provides opportunities for doctoral students to acquire research training through ongoing and newly initiated faculty research projects. Doctoral students are encouraged to apply to participate in such projects which often lead to dissertation possibilities. Predoctoral fellowships and/or research assistantships for projects conducted at the center are sometimes available to incoming and ongoing doctoral students. The center also enables doctoral students to conduct their own research through the auspices of the center, including their dissertation research. All doctoral students are encouraged to attend and participate in the center's colloquia and programs to enhance their involvement with and skills in research and knowledge development.