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USC School of Social Work

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Alumna and Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick, the first woman in the history of Los Angeles to hold citywide office, shares her expertise with students in Professor Jacquelyn McCroskey's course "Social Policy for Macro Practitioners: Policy on the Politics of Reform." The School of Social Work, noted for the research strength of its curriculum and faculty, was ranked ninth in the 2005 edition of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools.

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

Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W., Vice Dean, Academic Affairs

John S. Brekke, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research

Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, M.S.W., Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Gil Carmona, M.S.W., Assistant Dean, Orange County Program

Judy Axonovitz, M.S.W., Director, Skirball Cultural Center Program


The Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Endowed Chair in Social Welfare Policy and Services to the Chinese Elderly, the Elderly and the Handicapped: Iris Chi, Ph.D.

Driscoll/Clevenger Professorship in Social Policy and Administration: Bruce Jansson, Ph.D.*

Ernest P. Larson Professorship in Health, Ethnicity, and Poverty: Kathleen Ell, D.S.W.

Frances G. Larson Professorship in Social Work Research: John Brekke, Ph.D.*

John Milner Professorship in Child Welfare: Jacquelyn McCroskey, D.S.W.*

David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sachs Professorship in Social Work: Penelope K. Trickett, Ph.D.*

Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professorship in Social Work and Business in a Global Society: Michallé E. Mor-Barak, Ph.D.*

Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professorship in Urban Social Development: Madeleine Stoner, Ph.D.*

Professors: John Brekke, Ph.D.*; Iris Chi, Ph.D.; Kathleen Ell, D.S.W.; Marilyn L. Flynn, Ph.D.; Bruce Jansson, Ph.D.*; Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W.; Michallé Mor-Barak, Ph.D.*; Madeleine R. Stoner, Ph.D.*; Penelope K. Trickett, Ph.D.*; Wynne Waugaman, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Maria Aranda, Ph.D.*; Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D.; Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, Ph.D.; Helen Land, Ph.D.*; Jacquelyn McCroskey, D.S.W.*; Ferol Mennen, D.S.W.*; Robert Nishimoto, D.S.W.*; Maura O'Keefe, Ph.D.*; Ramon Salcido, D.S.W.*; Essie T. Seck, Ph.D.*

Assistant Professors: John Bola, Ph.D.; Devon Brooks, Ph.D.; Kristin Ferguson, Ph.D.; Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D.; Janet Schneiderman, Ph.D.; Ann Marie Yamada, Ph.D.; Bradley Zebrack, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Ralph Fertig, J.D.; Esther H. Gillies, M.S.W.; Dae-in Kang, D.D.S.; James M. Karls, Ph.D.; Aura Kuperberg, Ph.D.; Doni Whitsett, Ph.D.; Gary J. Wood, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Valerie Richards, M.S.W.

Adjunct Professors: Harvey Buzin, M.S.W.; Francis S. Caple, Ph.D.; 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.; Anneka Scranton, Ph.D.; Wendy Smith, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Estela Andujo, Ph.D.; Herbert Hatanaka, D.S.W.; Phyllis Massing, Ph.D.; Kerry Webber, M.S.W.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Mary Andres, Psy.D.; Linda Cox, M.S.W.; Wanda Jewell, M.S.W.; Sheri Kelfer, L.C.S.W.; Carlos Sosa, M.S.W.

Research Associate Professor: Myoung Ock Ahn, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.

Research Assistant Professors: Jennie G. Noll, Ph.D.; Kathleen Sanchez, Ph.D.; Tanya Tull, D.S.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professors at the USC University Affiliated Project at Children's Hospital: Beverly Daley, Ph.D.; Diann Wingert, M.S.W.

Field Education Faculty: Raphael Angulo, M.S.W.; Margarita Artavia, M.S.W.; Meredith Dunlap, M.S.W.; Nancy Flax-Plaza, M.S.W.; Iris Gonzalez-Thrash, M.S.W.; Kim Goodman, M.S.W.; Mary Michaelene Gress, Ph.D. (Assistant Dean); Heather Halperin, M.S.W.; Stephen Hydon, M.S.W.; Wanda Jewell, M.S.W.; Michaell Rose, M.S.W.; Jolene Swain, M.S.W.; Deborah Winters, M.S.W.

Emeritus Professors: Frances L. Feldman, M.S.W.; John Milner, M.S.*; Helen Northen, Ph.D.*; Howard J. Parad, D.S.W.*; Rino Patti, D.S.W.*; Robert W. Roberts, D.S.W.*; Barbara Solomon, D.S.W.*

Emeritus Associate Professors: June Brown, D.S.W.*; Barbara Star, Ph.D.; Samuel Taylor, D.S.W.*

Emeritus Field Education Faculty: Lillian Hawthorne, M.S.W.; 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.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. In addition, the school offers dual degrees with the schools of gerontology; law; policy, planning, and development; the Marshall School of Business and Hebrew Union College. Undergraduate students in the university may earn a minor in Children and Families in Urban America or Urban Neighborhood Studies.