Maria Hu

Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education

Maria Hu's expertise focuses on the delivery of mental health services of culturally diverse populations.

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Maria Hu
Email:  mariahu@usc.edu
Phone:  +1 213.740.8920
Rank:  Clinical Field
Department:  Children, Youth and Families
Assignment:  Ground

Maria Hu

Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education

Maria Hu's expertise focuses on the delivery of mental health services of culturally diverse populations.

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Biography

Dr. Maria Hu currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Field Education. She has spent most of her career as a Psychiatric Social Worker and a faculty member for the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Dr. Hu has extensive experience providing mental health services to culturally diverse populations. Within this capacity, she has years of experience providing individual, group, and family counseling services, utilizing evidence-based practices that are culturally sensitive and resiliency trauma-informed intervention. She spent years coordinating services, crisis/threat response and intervention, suicide prevention, trauma recovery, and resilience throughout her career.
Dr. Hu has worked in a hospital setting, k-12 schools, and now in Higher Education. She is well versed in an array of evidence-based interventions: Motivational Interviewing Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feedback Informed Treatment, Solution Focused Therapy, Managing Adaptive Practices (MAP), Trauma-Informed Practices, and Exposure Therapy. Given her expertise, she is now training other clinicians on the delivery and integration of evidence-based practices.
Dr. Hu was is considered a certified trainer and clinician of a trauma-informed intervention. She has focused her efforts on implementing and disseminating this specific intervention to assist those with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorder. Earning a Doctorate in Social Work allowed Dr. Hu to focus her work on meeting the mental health needs of individuals of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities.
She has provided numerous talks, workshops, and seminars on resilience and wellness. Given that health and wellness is her overall mission, she has implemented a series of workshops for staff on reducing stigma and responding to common mental health and substance use issues that can arise from high-stress environments. She has taught self-care techniques for staying well at school. Dr. Hu has helped college students seek social support networks and resources for recovery within their educational community.

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Education

University of Southern California

Doctorate in Social Work 2019

University of Southern California

Master Degree in Social Work 2006

Area of Expertise

  • Threat Response
  • Social Work Education
  • Psychiatric Social Work
  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Social Work
  • Trauma and Recovery

Industry Experience

  • Training and Development
  • Health Care - Services
  • Education/Learning
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care - Providers
  • Mental Health Care

Affiliations

  • Board Director of American Council for School Social Work

Accomplishments

Heart of Social Work Award
2015 Awarded by University of Southern California

Languages

  • Spanish