June 2016

The USC School of Social Work is growing by leaps and bounds! On May 13th, we welcomed 1,824 new MSW graduates to the Social Work Family. They join more than 14,000 alumni, like you, who make a difference in communities throughout the world.

As the largest school of social work in the country, we currently train five percent of the nation's new professional social workers. You are part of a dynamic, thriving alumni network that is leading the way in the field of social work.

Read on for more information about your school's latest research initiatives and ways that USC Social Work alumni are helping veterans in this edition of  Social Work Family.
Latest  Research 

In this issue of  Hamovitch PI, find out how adjunct and part-time lecturers are bridging the gap between research and practice. Plus, hear how Professor Marv Southard continues to tackle major issues in mental health, building on decades of experience as former director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Notable Alumni

Sue Dworak-Peck (MSW '67) has worked to influence the global impact of social work by raising awareness and redefining the perception of the profession in the public eye. Recently, she was honored for her pioneering work, receiving an Alumni Merit Award - one of only three graduates of the school to receive this honor in the 83 year history of these awards.

Alumni Authors

Looking for a good read this summer? USC alumni writers and poets have produced significant works across all literary genres, including some by your fellow USC School of Social Work alumni: 
Debbie  Ananias (MSW '10)
Bertha Barraza (MSW '99)
Dorene Lehavi (PhD '95)
Randy Nathan (MSW '94)
Lynn Nickens (MSW '89)
Lisa Richards (MSW '83)

School News

Marilyn Flynn has been reappointed dean of the USC School of Social Work for a new five-year term. Since her arrival nearly two decades ago, she has established the school as one of the most innovative social work schools in the world. She has overseen significant growth of enrollment, faculty, research and funding.


While serving her country, Gena Truitt (MSW '12) and her family had the security of military benefits. When she returned to civilian life, Gena and her family struggled due to a lack of resources. Now, she is determined to help end veteran homelessness and support veterans in their transition from military to civilian life. 

Online Job Bank

The USC School of Social Work's online job bank offers a variety of positions in the field, posted by a wide-range of employers across the nation. USC graduates are prepared academically for all areas of practice: micro, mezzo and macro, making them very attractive candidates. Check out the latest job openings or post an opening today.

USC School of Social Work Establishes a New Department

The USC School of Social Work has created a new Department of Nursing and an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners that will be welcoming its first class in August 2016. The Department of Nursing combines evidence-based nursing with social work principles aimed at helping students develop the relevant skills needed to become leaders in nursing practice and community and patient health care.
This innovative department prepares advanced practice nurses to deliver effective primary care to infants, children, adolescents, adults and populations throughout the life span. The Department of Nursing integrates both concepts of nursing and social work to educate students on the root causes of social determinants of health outcomes such as illness, disease and premature death. Students trained to understand the biomedical and social contexts that contribute to patient health outcomes are better equipped to provide effective prevention strategies and treatment approaches throughout the patient's life cycle. 

Program candidates are registered nurses who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and have at least one year of clinical experience. The 49-unit Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered on a full-time or part-time schedule and delivered online through Nursing@USC.

Students will have the distinct advantage of enriching their understanding of both biomedical and social determinants and their influence on patient life stages and health outcomes. Graduates will develop skills in health care, communication, teamwork, innovation and leadership to improve the health of individuals, families, communities and society.

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