USC School of Social Work

The USC School of Social Work, a leader in education and research that improves the lives of veterans and their families, launched the Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools project in partnership with eight school districts near Camp Pendleton. During an on-campus roundtable discussion, Jill Biden — wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden — met some of the people who have benefited from the four-year, $7.6 million national effort, which encourages civilian schools to support military children and parents.

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.

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

Judy Axonovitz, M.S., Director, Skirball Academic Center

Janine Braun, EMBA, M.Ed., Director, Admissions and Financial Aid

Paul Carlo, Ph.D., Director, USC Center on Child Welfare

Carmen Frierson, Associate Dean, Administration

John Gaspari, MSW, Executive Director, USC Center for Work and Family Life

Mary Beth Harris, 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., Director, 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, MSW, National Field Coordinator, Virtual Academic Center

Cherry Short, M.Sc., Assistant 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

Marlene Wagner, Ph.D., Associate Dean, External Relations

Joshua Watson, Ed.D., Director, Student Services

June Wiley, Ph.D., Director, Virtual Academic Center

Leslie Wind, Ph.D., Director, Orange County Academic Center

Terris Wolff, MBA, MSBA, Director, Information Technology

Marleen Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Field Education


The Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair in Chinese Elderly: Iris Chi, DSW

Driscoll/Clevenger Professor of Social Policy and Administration: Bruce Jansson, 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.*

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

Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Endowed Professor of Urban Social Development: Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D.

Professors: 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*; Ramon Salcido, DSW*; Ann Marie Yamada, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Julie Cederbaum, Ph.D.; Alice Cepeda, Ph.D.; Tamika Gilreath, Ph.D.; Erick Guerrero, Ph.D.; Michael Hulburt, Ph.D.; Seth Kurzban, Ph.D.; Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Ph.D.; Eric Rice, Ph.D.; Dorian Traube, Ph.D.

Senior Clinical Fellow: Mary Gress, Ph.D.

Clinical Professors: Margarita Artavia, MSW; Ralph Fertig, J.D.; Stephen Hydon, MSW; Jolene Swain, MSW; Doni Whitsett, Ph.D.; Marleen Wong, MSW; Gary J. Wood, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professors: Jane Allgood, Ph.D.; Rafael Angulo, MSW; Judy Axonovitz, MSW; Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D.; Kim Goodman, MSW; Heather Halperin, MSW; Mary Beth Harris, Ph.D.; Anthony Hassan, Ed.D.; Shelley Levin, Ph.D.; Gokul Mandayam, Ph.D.; Shannon Mayeda, Ph.D.; Sam Mistrano, J.D.; Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, MSW; Jon Simon Sager, Ph.D.; Michal Sela-Amit, Ph.D.; Wendy Smith, Ph.D.; Eugenia Weiss, Psy.D.; June Wiley, Ph.D.; Leslie Wind, Ph.D.; Deborah Winters, MSW; Darlene Woo, MSW

Clinical Assistant Professors: Rosemary Alamo, MSW; Juan Araque, Ph.D.; Suh Chen Hsiao, MSW; Tory Cox, MSW; Laurel Davis, MSW; Pamela Franzwa, MSW; Conrad Fuentes, MSW; Michael Johnson, Ed.D.; Dawn Joosten, Ph.D.; Omar Lopez, MSW; Elizabeth Phillips, MSW, Ph.D.; Vivien Villaverde, MSW

Adjunct Professors: Lucia Aparicio, MSW; Margaret Fetting, Ph.D.; Michael Jackson, Ph.D.; Wanda Jewell, MSW; Sheri Kelfer, MSW; Diane Meadow, Ph.D.; Rose Monteiro, MSW; Pat Sable, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Linda Cox, MSW; Rita Davis, MSW; Nancy Flax-Plaza, MSW; Herbert Hatanaka, DSW; Martha Lyon-Levine, Ph.D.; Leigh Miller, MSW; CarolAnn Peterson, Ph.D.; Monika White, Ph.D.; Marcia Wilson, Ph.D.; Mara Ziegler, MSW

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Steven Bush, MSW; Sara McSweyn, MSW; Erik Schott, MSW; Carlos Sosa, 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.

Research Assistant Professors: Jan Nissly, Ph.D.; Hazel Atuel, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Howard J. Parad, DSW*; Rino Patti, DSW*; Barbara Solomon, DSW*

Emeritus Field Education Faculty: 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 (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. Undergraduate students in the university may earn a minor in Children and Families in Urban America.