R. Paul Maiden

Clinical Professor of Social Work

Dr Maiden joined the school’s Virtual Academic Center as a full time teaching faculty in 2017 teaching in both the DSW and MSW programs.

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R. Paul Maiden
Email:  rmaiden@usc.edu
Phone:  +1 213.4485814
Rank:  Clinical Teaching
Department:  Social Change and Innovation
Assignment:  Ground

R. Paul Maiden

Clinical Professor of Social Work

Dr Maiden joined the school’s Virtual Academic Center as a full time teaching faculty in 2017 teaching in both the DSW and MSW programs.

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Dr Maiden joined the school’s Virtual Academic Center as a full time teaching faculty in August 2017 teaching in both the DSW and MSW programs. Prior to his ‘migration to the clouds,’ from 2010-17, Dr Maiden served as Executive Vice Dean and Professor with operational responsibility for a top-ranked, and the largest graduate school of social work in the United States, with 3,200 MSW students in five academic centers. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Social Change and Innovation. He spearheaded the development of the school’s military social work, created the San Diego Academic Center, expanded the school's annual global immersion offerings and led the development of the school's Virtual Academic Center, the first fully synchronous and asynchronous web-based MSW program serving a national and international student population. He also lead the development of the DSW, a professional doctorate in Innovation, Leadership and Advanced Social Work Practice Management Complex Systems. Dr. Maiden brings 30 years of expertise to the field of workplace human services. He was Editor-in-Chief (2000-2015) of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, the only peer-reviewed journal in employee assistance research and practice. Dr. Maiden has published extensively in the areas of employee assistance programs, substance abuse and workplace legislation, trauma management, as well as the evaluation of work-based human services, AIDS in the workplace, alcohol abuse and domestic violence at work, and managed behavioral health care. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters on employee assistance, workplace behavioral health, occupational social work and international program development.


University of Maryland

PhD 1995

University of Tennessee

MSSW 1980

Angelo State University

BA 1978

Area of Expertise

  • Technology Enhanced and Online Learning
  • Hiv/Aids
  • Workplace Trauma
  • Violence
  • Higher Education
  • Substance Abuse
  • Managed Care
  • Employee Assistance, Work/Life and Wellness

Industry Experience

  • Mental Health Care
  • Education/Learning
  • Health and Wellness

Research Interest

  • Organization/Workplace


  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Society for Social Work Research
  • Employee Assistance Professional Association


2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
2015 Outstanding Leadership in the Profession
Employee Assistance Society of North America

Articles & Publications

A Retrospective of Employee Assistance Consortia | Employee Assistance Quarterly
R. Paul Maiden PhD
2008 Employee Assistance Programs have been adopted by many larger work organizations. However, the vast majority of the American workforce is employed by small businesses, many of which do not offer an EAP to their employees. Consortium development has been shown to be a viable strategy to bring EAP service to small businesses. This article reviews the emergence of the consortium concept, gives a developmental history of several of the more successful EAP consortia that have been operating for a number of years, and discusses some of the pitfalls of consortium development. A case study of five years of development and operation of a consortium established in Illinois is also presented. It concludes with issues to consider when developing an EAP consortium.

Managing the Trauma of Community Violence and Workplace Accidents in South Africa | Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health
R. Paul Maiden & Lourens Terblanche
2008 Community violence that spills over to the workplace is substantially impacting the quality of work/life in South Africa. Gold mining is one of the country's leading industries and also one of the most dangerous. Internal and external employee assistance programs are well represented in South Africa and are helping employees deal with the economic and psychological fall-out of community violence and work related accidents.

Managing trauma in the South African mining industry | International Journal of Emergency Mental Health
Maiden RP
2005 Deep sub-surface mining is one of South Africa s leading industries. It is also one of the most dangerous. While safety is maintained as much as possible to minimize cave-ins and other accidents, underground tremors and earthquakes are commonplace and unpredictable and usually involve life threatening injuries and loss of life. Crisis intervention and trauma management are essential to helping workers cope with mining accidents. This article describes the trauma management program developed by the employee assistance program at the Chamber of Mines in South Africa to respond to workplace accidents.