Eugenia Weiss

Clinical Professor of Social Work

Dr. Weiss specializes in military social work.

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Eugenia Weiss
Phone:  +1 949.433.3416
Rank:  Clinical Teaching
Department:  Children, Youth and Families
Assignment:  VAC

Eugenia Weiss

Clinical Professor of Social Work

Dr. Weiss specializes in military social work.

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Eugenia L. Weiss is a bilingual-bicultural (Spanish) California licensed clinical social worker and licensed psychologist. Weiss maintained a private practice for 18 years working with military personnel and their families as well as working in community mental health and administration. She is the author and co-author of multiple peer-reviewed journal publications and books. Weiss is co-author of the Civilian Counselor's Primer to Counseling Veterans (2nd ed., Linus Books, 2011) and co-editor of the Handbook of Military Social Work (Wiley & Sons, 2013); Supporting Student Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty and Academic Advisors (Oxford University Press, 2015); Transformative Social Work Practice (Sage, 2015) and The Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities (Praeger/ABC-CLIO). Her research interests include military social work; student veterans in higher education, virtual learning environments and leadership. Weiss joined the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 2005 as a part-time adjunct instructor then in 2008 became a full-time faculty member. She helped launch the San Diego Academic Center in 2009 and the military social work track. Weiss has also taught at various academic centers and held leadership roles. Weiss served as the Interim Director of the San Diego Academic Center and is the current director of the Orange County Academic Center in Irvine, CA.


Alliant International University-San Diego Scripps Ranch

PsyD 2003

University of Southern California

MA 1992

University of California, Los Angeles

BA 1999

Area of Expertise

  • Military Social Work
  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Mental Health

Industry Experience

  • Health Care - Services
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education/Learning
  • Research
  • Mental Health Care
  • Health Care - Facilities

Research Interest

  • Mental Health
  • Military Social Work


Hutto Patterson Foundation Award for Distinguished Faculty
Awarded by the USC School of Social Work.
International Award of Excellence in the Area of Health and Wellness
Awarded by the International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society.

Articles & Publications

Can Health Care Reform End Stigma Toward Mental Illness? | Journal of Progressive Human Services
2016 This article addresses the destigmatization of mental health through health care reform by incorporating antistigma efforts—a destaining of mental illness—through prevention and early intervention in community-based programs that would be mandated and funded through the auspices of Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Mental health care policies under the ACA and the ...

Introduction to the Special Issue: Mental Health Care for Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families: Opportunities for Social Work | Social Work in Mental Health
2014 This special issue of Social Work in Mental Health focuses on the assets, challenges, and opportunities in improving the mental health and mental health care services for military service personnel and veterans. The issue is relevant for allied clinical professions as well as policymakers within and without systems for service members, veterans, and their families. There are several unifying themes across the ...

Social Workers in Combat: Application of Advanced Practice Competencies in Military Social Work and Implications for Social Work Education | Journal of Social Work Education
2013 This article illustrates the types of situations that U.S. uniformed social workers have experienced in combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the purpose of preparing current and future social workers to effectively serve military and veteran clients in either military or civilian settings. Vignettes demonstrate the application of the military social work competencies as delineated by the Council on Social Work Education based on the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Implications for social work education are discussed along with the use of case studies through a problem-based learning approach.

The Vanishing Military Veteran: A Postmodern Disappearance of the Hero | Social Work in Mental Health
2013 This article brings a postmodern philosophical perspective on the impact of U.S. media, cyber-technology, and the loss of the veteran hero in our current day American culture. Societal ambivalence, media depersonalization, and techno-war tactics along with the collusion of institutional under-responsiveness contribute to the metaphorical and real disappearance, or lack of recognition, and alienation of ...

An Ecosystemic Perspective in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorders in Veterans | Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
2011 This article reviews the prevalence of co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUDs) in the veteran population. Recommendations regarding how to better understand, engage, and retain veterans with PTSD/SUDs in treatment are presented through an ecological perspective that takes into account the multiple systems and worldviews, including culture ...