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USC School of Social Work

Regina Ho, a student in the nurse social work practitioner program, works part-time at Jewish Family Services, contributing to the Family Violence Project as part of her field internship requirement. The nurse social work practitioner option prepares nurses for a new area of specialty practice, helping them develop skills in case intervention, advocacy, information technology and social policy. Graduates of the program earn a Master of Social Work degree and a case management certificate.

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


Marilyn L. Flynn, Ph.D., Dean

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

Devon Brooks, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development

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

Cathy Bryson, M.S.W., Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Paul Carlo, Ph.D., Director, USC Center on Child Welfare

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

Carmen Frierson, Associate Dean, Administration

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

Mary Gress, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Field Education

Dan Hester, Director, International Programs

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., Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

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

Terris Wolff, M.B.A., M.S.B.A., Director, Information Technology


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.*

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.*

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.*

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.*; Wynne Waugaman, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Maria Aranda, Ph.D.*; Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D.; John Bola, Ph.D.; Devon Brooks, Ph.D.; Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, Ph.D.; Helen Land, Ph.D.*; Ferol Mennen, D.S.W.*; Ramon Salcido, D.S.W.*

Assistant Professors: Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Ph.D.; Kristin Ferguson, Ph.D.; Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D.; Karen Lincoln, Ph.D.; Janet Schneiderman, Ph.D.; Dorian Traube, Ph.D.; Ann Marie Yamada, Ph.D.; Bradley Zebrack, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor: Mary Gress, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Rafael Angulo, M.S.W.; Margarita Artavia, M.S.W.; Ralph Fertig, J.D.; Esther H. Gillies, M.S.W.; Dianne Golden, M.S.W.; Heather Halperin, M.S.W.; Stephen Hydon, M.S.W.; James M. Karls, Ph.D.; Jon Simon Sager, Ph.D.; Jolene Swain, M.S.W.; Doni Whitsett, Ph.D.; Deborah Winters, M.S.W.; Gary J. Wood, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Brent Barcellona, M.S.W.; Stephanie Carter-Williams, M.S.W.; Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Kim Goodman, M.S.W.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Shannon Mayeda, Ph.D.; Valerie Richards, M.S.W.; Michal Sela-Amit, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professors: 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.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Estela Andujo, Ph.D.; Rita Bright-Davis, M.S.W.; Nancy Flax-Plaza, M.S.W.; Herbert Hatanaka, D.S.W.; Sheri Kelfer, M.S.W.; Phyllis Massing, Ph.D.; Marcia Mindel, M.S.W.; Linda Poverny, Ph.D.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Wanda Jewell, M.S.W.; Carlos Sosa, M.S.W.; Burton Stiefel, M.S.W.; Darlene Woo Murphy, M.S.W.

Research Professor: Haluk Soydan, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Tara Rose, Ph.D.; Bin Xie, Ph.D.

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

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

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 business; gerontology; law; policy, planning, and development; and Hebrew Union College. Undergraduate students in the university may earn a minor in Children and Families in Urban America or the interdisciplinary minor in Urban Neighborhood Studies.