USC School of Social Work
USC School of Social Work
The USC School of Social Work offers programs of study leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) 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.
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
Judy Axonovitz, M.S., Director, Skirball Academic Center
Janine Braun, EMBA, M.Ed., Assistant Dean, Admissions and Scholarship Programs
Paul Carlo, Ph.D., Director, USC Center on Child Welfare
Monica Ellis, M.A., Assistant Dean, Student Services
Carmen Frierson, Vice Dean, Administration
John Gaspari, MSW, Executive Director, USC Center for Work and Family Life
Michael Rank, Ph.D., Director, San Diego Academic Center
Anthony Hassan, Ed.D., Director, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families
Dan Hester, Director, International Programs
Steve Hong, B.S., Director, Management Information Systems
Jehoon Lee, Ph.D., Director, Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership
Carrie Lew, Ed.D., Assistant Dean, Professional Development and Alumni Relations
Cindy Monticue, M.A., Director, Marketing Communications
Michàlle Mor Barak, Ph.D., Director, Ph.D. Program
Scarlett Powers Osterling, MSW, Senior Associate Dean, External Relations
Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, Ed.D., Director, Orange County Academic Center
Cherry Short, M.Sc., Associate Dean, Global and Community Initiatives
Wendy Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty Development
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
William Vega, Ph.D., Executive Director, USC Roybal Institute on Aging
Joshua Watson, Ed.D., Director, Student Services
June Wiley, Ph.D., Director, Virtual Academic Center
Leslie Wind, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Terris Wolff, MBA, MSBA, Chief Technology Officer, Information Technology
Marleen Wong, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Field Education
The Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair in Chinese Elderly: Iris Chi, DSW
Dean’s Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine: Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.
Driscoll/Clevenger Professor of Social Policy and Administration: Bruce Jansson, Ph.D.*
Endowed Professor of Social Work and Business in a Global Society: Michàlle E. Mor Barak, 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, DSW
Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research: John Brekke, Ph.D.*
John Milner Professor of Child Welfare: Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW*
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.*
Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Endowed Professor of Urban Social Development: Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D.
Professors: Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.; Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D.; John Brekke, Ph.D.*; Iris Chi, DSW; Kathleen Ell, DSW; Marilyn L. Flynn, Ph.D.; Bruce Jansson, Ph.D.*; R. Paul Maiden, Ph.D.; Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW*; Michàlle E. Mor Barak, Ph.D.*; Lawrence Palinkas, Ph.D.; Penelope K. Trickett, Ph.D.*; Avelardo Valdez, 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, DSW*; Dorian Traube, Ph.D.; Ann Marie Yamada, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors: Carl Castro, Ph.D.; Julie Cederbaum, Ph.D.; Alice Cepeda, Ph.D.; Tamika Gilreath, Ph.D.; Jeremy Goldbach, Ph.D.; Erick Guerrero, Ph.D.; Benjamin Henwood, Ph.D.; Michael Hurlburt, Ph.D.; Seth Kurzban, Ph.D.; Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Ph.D.; Eric Rice, Ph.D..; Shinyi Wu, Ph.D.
Senior Clinical Fellow: Mary Gress, Ph.D.
Clinical Professors: Eileen Abel, Ph.D.; Margarita Artavia, MSW; Judy Axonovitz, MSW; Ralph Fertig, J.D.; Stephen Hydon, MSW; Murali Nair, Ph.D.; Jolene Swain, MSW; Doni Whitsett, Ph.D.; Marleen Wong, Ph.D.; Gary J. Wood, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professors: Jane Allgood, Ph.D.; Estela Andujo, MSW; Rafael Angulo, MSW; Juan Araque, Ph.D.; Karra Bikson, Ph.D.; Ruth Cislowski, MSW; Tory Cox, MSW; Jill Davis, MSW; Laurel Davis, MSW; Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Kimberly Finney, Ph.D.; Nancy Flax-Plaza, MSW; Pamela Franzwa, MSW; Kim Goodman, MSW; Heather Halperin, MSW; Mary Beth Harris, Ph.D.; Anthony Hassan, Ed.D.; Terri Lee, MSW; Shelley Levin, Ph.D.; Martha Lyon-Levine, Ph.D.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Shannon Mayeda, Ph.D.; Renee Michelsen, MSS; Sam Mistrano, J.D.; Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Phillips, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, MSW; Michael Rank, Ph.D.; Russana Rowles; Michal Sela-Amit, Ph.D.; Renee Smith-Maddox, Ph.D.; Candace Smith, Ed.D.; Wendy Smith, Ph.D.; Fred Stone, Ph.D.; Eugenia Weiss, Psy.D.; Ruth White, Ph.D.; June Wiley, Ph.D.; Leslie Wind, Ph.D.; Deborah Winters, MSW; Darlene Woo, MSW; Beverly Younger, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professors: Rosemary Alamo, MSW; David Bringhurst, Ph.D.; Terence Fitzgerald, Ph.D.; Stephanie George; Bianca Harper , DSW; Suh Chen Hsiao, MSW; Hsin-Yi Hsiao, Ph.D.; Conrad Fuentes, MSW; Michael Johnson, Ed.D.; Dawn Joosten, Ph.D.; Jennifer Lewis, Ph.D.; Omar Lopez, MSW; Sara McSweyn, MSW; Erik Schott, Ed.D.; Ruth Supranovich, MSW; Vivien Villaverde, MSW; Kristen Zaleski, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professors: Lucia Aparicio, MSW; Vern Bengtson, Ph.D.; Margaret Fetting, Ph.D.; Michael Jackson, Ph.D.; Wanda Jewell, MSW; Sheri Kelfer, MSW; Diane Meadow, Ph.D.; Rose Monteiro, MSW; Carlos Sosa, MSW; Monika White, Ph.D.; Jeff Wilkins, M.D.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professors: Rita Davis, MSW; Nancy Flax-Plaza, MSW; Herbert Hatanaka, DSW; Heather Halperin, MSW; Kristie Holmes, Ph.D.; CarolAnn Peterson, Ph.D.; Mara Ziegler, MSW
Adjunct Assistant Professors: Steven Bush, MSW; Stephanie Carter, MSW; Linda Cox, MSW; Susan Lindau, MSW; Leigh Miller, MSW
Research Professors: Charles Kaplan, Ph.D.; John Landsverk, Ph.D.; Haluk Soydan, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professors: Jehoon Lee, Ph.D.; Donald Lloyd, Ph.D.; Janet Schneiderman, Ph.D.; Andrew Subica, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professors: Hazel Atuel, Ph.D.; Sonya Negriff, Ph.D.; Jan Nissly, Ph.D.; Harmony Rhoades, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professors: Howard J. Parad, DSW*; Rino Patti, DSW*; Barbara Solomon, DSW*
Emeritus Field Education Faculty: Rhoda G. Sarnat, M.A.
The School of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (MSW), the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the dual Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work (MSW/Ph.D.) degrees. In addition, the school offers dual degrees with the schools of business; gerontology; law; medicine; public policy; and Hebrew Union College.