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The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is a leader in social work and nursing education and research. These MSW graduates celebrate in front of Tommy Trojan. Photos by Wallis Photo LLC.
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers programs of study leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW), Doctorate of Social Work (DSW), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in social work as well as the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). 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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Sarah Gehlert, PhD, Dean
Concepcion Barrio, PhD, Interim Executive Vice Dean
Michael Hurlburt, PhD, Director, Doctoral Programs
Charles Kaplan, PhD, Associate Dean, Research
Joshua Watson, EdD, Assistant Dean, Student Services
Leslie Wind, PhD, Chair, MSW Program
Janet Schneiderman, PhD, Chair, MSN Program
Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Dr. Frances Wu Endowed Chair: Iris Chi, DSW
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
Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research: John Brekke, PhD*
John Milner Professor of Child Welfare: Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW*
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
Professors: John Brekke, PhD*; Iris Chi, DSW; John Clapp, PhD; Yuri Jang, PhD; Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW*; Michàlle E. Mor Barak, PhD*; Lawrence Palinkas, PhD; Avelardo Valdez, PhD; Suzanne Wenzel, PhD
Associate Professors: Cleopatra Abdou, PhD; Maria Aranda, PhD*; Concepcion Barrio, PhD; Devon Brooks, PhD; Carl Castro, PhD; Julie Cederbaum, PhD; Alice Cepeda, PhD; Jeremy Goldbach, PhD; Benjamin Henwood, PhD; Michael Hurlburt, PhD; Helen Land, PhD*; Karen Lincoln, PhD; Ferol Mennen, DSW*; Eric Rice, PhD; Dorian Traube, PhD; Shinyi Wu, PhD; Ann Marie Yamada, PhD
Assistant Professors: John Blosnich, PhD; Robynn Cox, PhD; Jordan Davis, PhD; Daniel Hackman, PhD; Elizabeth Kim, PhD; Jungeun Olivia Lee, PhD; Hans Oh, PhD; Monica Perez Jolles, PhD; Rebecca Rebbe, PhD
Clinical Professors: Eileen Abel, PhD; Rafael Angulo, MSW; Margarita Artavia, MSW; Judith Axonovitz, MSW; Annalisa Enrile, PhD; Stephen Hydon, EdD; Anne Katz, PhD; Paul Maiden, PhD; Murali Nair, PhD; Tyan Parker Dominguez, PhD; Renee Smith-Maddox, PhD; Doni Whitsett, PhD; Marleen Wong, PhD
Clinical Associate Professors: Rosamaria Alamo, PhD; Jane Allgood, PhD; Estela Andujo, MSW; Juan Araque, PhD; Kathleen Becker, DNP; Karra Bikson, PhD; David Bringhurst, PhD; Nikki Cavalier, MSW; Ruth Cislowski, MSW; Tory Cox, EdD; Kimberly Finney, PhD; Terence Fitzgerald, PhD; Pamela Franzwa, MSW; Kim Goodman, MSW; Bianca Harper, DSW; Suh Chen Hsiao, DPDD; Maria Hu, DSW; Dawn Joosten-Hagye, PhD; Seth Kurzban, PhD; Terri Lee, MSW; 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; Elizabeth Phillips, PhD; Michael Rank, PhD; Erik Schott, EdD; Michal Sela-Amit, PhD; Melissa Singh, EdD; Candace Smith, EdD; Fred Stone, PhD; Ruth Supranovich, EdD; Vivien Villaverde, MSW; Benita Walton-Moss, PhD; Deborah Waters-Roman, EdD; Eugenia Weiss, PsyD; Ruth White, PhD; June Wiley, PhD; Leslie Wind, PhD; Lisa Wobbe-Veit, MSW; Beverly Younger, PhD; Kristen Zaleski, PhD; Michelle Zappas, DNP
Clinical Assistant Professors: Danielle Brown, MSW; Steven Bush, EdD; Laura Cardinal, MSW; Gabriel Crenshaw, PsyD; Kerry Doyle, MSW; Josephine Fava-Hochuli, DNP; William Feuerborn, DSW; Umeka Franklin, EdD; Susan Hess, MSW; Janett Hildebrand, PhD; Harry Hunter Jr., PhD; Jane James, JD; Wanda Jewell, PhD; Tracie Kirkland, DNP; Stacy Kratz, PhD; Brittani Morris, MSW; Jan Nissly, PhD; Jennifer Parga, MSW; Holly Priebe Sotelo, MSW; Cynthia Sanchez, DNP; Sara Schwartz, PhD; Andrea Witkin, PhD; Kathleen Woodruff, DNP
Senior Lecturers: Marco Formigoni, MSW; Laura Gale, EdD; Iris Gonzalez-Thrash, MSW; Robert Hernandez, DSW; Cheryl Macon-Oliver, MSW; Sara McSweyn, MSW; Richard Newmyer, MSW; Aimee Odette, DSW; Cynthia Rollo-Carlson, MSW; Lily Ross, MSW; Shane’a Thomas, MSW
Lecturers: Cassandra Fatouros, MSW/MBA; Lisa Kabot, MSW; Jessica Klein, MSW; Debbie Murad, MSW; Dorothy Nieto Manzer, MSW; CarolAnn Peterson, PhD; Stephanie Wander, MBA; James Wind, MBA
Research Professor: Charles Kaplan, PhD
Research Associate Professors: Donald Lloyd, PhD; Janet Schneiderman, PhD
Research Assistant Professors: Hazel Atuel, PhD; Sara Kintzle, PhD; Sonya Negriff, PhD; John Prindle, 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 Doctorate 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 the Hebrew Union College.
Dual Degree Programs
The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work currently offers dual degree programs with several 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 that 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 MSW/MS Gerontology 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 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 Gerontology) in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology for course requirements.
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration
The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration (MSW/MPA) 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 in 24 months for full-time students. See the USC Price School of Public Policy for course requirements.
Master of Social Work/Master of Urban Planning
The Master of Social Work/ Master of Urban Planning (MSW/MUP) dual degree program between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Price School of Public Policy offers unique opportunities for students who want to devote their professional careers to social policy, social planning or social services delivery.
Students must complete 83 units, including 51 units in social work and 32 units in urban planning. They must also select a community organization, planning, and administration concentration in the second year of their social work program.
There are six concentrations available in the Master of Urban Planning program. Please see Urban Planning (MUP) for the concentration descriptions and course lists.
Master of Social Work/Juris Doctor, Law
The Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor (MSW/JD) 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. At the same time, the latter recognizes law courses as substitutions for a one-semester practice course, special topics courses, the 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 the 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, and 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.
ProgramsMinorMaster’s DegreeDual DegreeDoctoral Degree
- SOWK 200xm Institutional Inequality in American Political and Social Policy
- SOWK 304 Children and Families in Urban America
- SOWK 305L Children and Families in Urban America Integrative Seminar
- SOWK 324 Juvenile Justice in America
- SOWK 350 Adolescent Gang Intervention
- SOWK 390 Special Problems
- SOWK 417 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders and Recovery
- SOWK 424 Community Experience in Juvenile Justice Environments
- SOWK 499 Special Topics
- SOWK 506 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
- SOWK 535 Social Welfare
- SOWK 536 Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work
- SOWK 544 Social Work Practice With Individuals, Families, and Groups
- SOWK 546 Science of Social Work
- SOWK 588 Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice
- SOWK 589a Applied Learning in Field Education
- SOWK 589b Applied Learning in Field Education
- SOWK 590 Directed Research
- SOWK 599 Special Topics
- SOWK 601 Advanced Theories and Interventions with Children and Adolescents
- SOWK 602 Advanced Theories and Clinical Interventions with Families
- SOWK 605 Human Development and Mental Health
- SOWK 607 Feminist Theory, Social Action, and Social Work: Philippines
- SOWK 608 Research and Critical Analysis for Social Work with Children and Families
- SOWK 609 Introduction to Social Work Practice with Children, Youth and Families
- SOWK 610 Social Work Practice with Children and Families Across Settings
- SOWK 611 Leadership and Management in Social Work
- SOWK 612 Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Disorder
- SOWK 613 Social Work Practice with Children and Families in Early and Middle Childhood
- SOWK 614 Social Work Practice in School Settings
- SOWK 615 Brief Therapy and Crisis Intervention
- SOWK 616 Clinical Practice with Older Adults
- SOWK 617 Substance Related and Behavioral Addictive Disorders and Recovery
- SOWK 618 Systems of Recovery from Mental Illness in Adults
- SOWK 619 Social Work in Public Child Welfare Settings
- SOWK 620 Social Work Practice With Transitional Youth
- SOWK 621 Social Work Practice with Adolescents, Young Adults and their Families
- SOWK 622 Threat Assessment and Management
- SOWK 623 Social Work in Early Care and Education Settings
- SOWK 624 Social Work in Juvenile Justice Settings
- SOWK 625 Evaluation of Research: Mental Health
- SOWK 626 Social Conflict, Empowerment and Creative Practice in Israel
- SOWK 627 Policy and Macro Practice in Child, Youth and Family Services
- SOWK 629 Research and Evaluation for Community, Organization and Business Environments
- SOWK 630 Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice
- SOWK 631 Advanced Theories and Clinical Interventions in Health Care
- SOWK 633 Life in the US Military: Foundations of Practice in Military Social Work
- SOWK 634 Violence Against Women: A Transnational Perspective
- SOWK 635 Research and Evaluation for Social Work with Adults and Older Adults
- SOWK 637 Assessing Wellness to Improve Recovery in Integrated Care
- SOWK 638 Policy in Integrated Care
- SOWK 639 Policy Advocacy and Social Change
- SOWK 640 Clinical Practice with the Military Family
- SOWK 641 Clinical Practice with Service Members and Veterans
- SOWK 643 Social Work Practice in Integrated Care Settings
- SOWK 644 Explanatory Theories of Health and Mental Health
- SOWK 645 Clinical Interventions: Evidence Based Practice in Health and Mental Health Settings
- SOWK 647 Advanced Practice with Complex Social Work Cases
- SOWK 648 Management and Organizational Development for Social Workers
- SOWK 650 Military and Veteran Policy and Program Management
- SOWK 651 Clinical Psychopharmacology for Social Workers
- SOWK 652 Social Work Practice in Workplace Settings
- SOWK 653 Social Work with Older Adults
- SOWK 654 National Immersion in Washington, DC: Child Development and Social Policy
- SOWK 655 Global Immersion in Military Culture: U.S. Forces Abroad
- SOWK 656 National Military Immersion in Washington, DC: Military and Veterans Policy and Practice
- SOWK 657 Social Work Practice with Native American Children, Families and Communities: National Immersion
- SOWK 658 Organizational Practice and Development in Business Environments
- SOWK 659 Pathways to Immigration: Global Immersion to Mexico
- SOWK 660 Health Care Delivery Systems: Planning for Health and Social Services
- SOWK 663 Clinical Practice with Couples
- SOWK 664 Consultation, Coaching and Social Entrepreneurship
- SOWK 665 Grant Writing and Program Development for Social Workers
- SOWK 666 Domestic and Intimate Partner Abuse
- SOWK 668 Social Work and Law
- SOWK 669 Managing Change and Organization Development
- SOWK 670 Global Dimensions in Social Policy and Social Work Practice
- SOWK 672 Social Work and Business Settings
- SOWK 674 Human Sexuality in Clinical Social Work Practice
- SOWK 675 Play Therapy in Social Work with Children and Adolescents
- SOWK 676 Psychopharmacology for Therapists and Counselors
- SOWK 677 Mental Health Practice with Children and Adolescents
- SOWK 678 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention and Treatment
- SOWK 679 Organizational Group Behaviors and Interventions
- SOWK 680 Social Work Spanish for Culturally Competent Services