Ruth Ann Supranovich

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Field Education

Experienced clinician, supervisor, manager and leader in the field of child maltreatment prevention, intervention and recovery.

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Ruth Ann Supranovich
Phone:  +1 213.7401424
Rank:  Clinical Field
Department:  Children, Youth and Families
Assignment:  Ground

Ruth Ann Supranovich

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Field Education

Experienced clinician, supervisor, manager and leader in the field of child maltreatment prevention, intervention and recovery.

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Biography

Ruth Supranovich is the director of field education, overseeing all field related activities for both the on-campus and online Master of Social Work programs, as well as the school's Telehealth Clinic.
Professor Supranovich joined the school in 2012 and since that time, she has taught numerous courses (e.g. field seminars, leadership, human behavior, and elective courses) and served in leadership positions, including Director of the San Diego Academic Center, oversight of Student Learning Outcomes, and now as the Director of Field Education. In this role, she oversees all field related activities for both the on campus and virtual academic center MSW programs as well as the school's Telehealth Clinic.
Professor Supranovich has more than 25 years of social work experience in child maltreatment and family violence. She has worked as a case manager, clinician and manager/administrator serving families impacted by child sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and exposure to family and community violence. Prior to her USC appointment, Professor Supranovich was an assistant deputy director for San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency where she oversaw the child welfare, public health and public assistance programs in the North Coastal and Inland regions of San Diego County.
As the manager and then administrator of the San Diego County Indian Specialty Unit for several years, Professor Supranovich became very involved in working with the tribal community in San Diego to address the disproportionate number of Native American children in the child welfare system. She brought this experience to USC, where she has collaborated with Dr. Claradina Soto (Navajo/Pueblo) from the Keck School of Preventive Medicine to co-teach an elective course on working with Native American children, families, and communities.  They also co-wrote a book chapter in 2019 titled "The Women of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation: Portrayals of Historical Trauma and Healing." Professor Supranovich completed a Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership in Education in 2019, and her dissertation research focused on the under-representation of Native Americans in social work education.
Professor Supranovich's career and professional interests span both clinical and administrative work, culminating in the publication of a book in 2020 with her colleague Rick Newmyer titled "Bringing Micro to the Macro: Adapting Clinical Interventions for Supervision and Management."
Professor Supranovich is a 2nd generation social worker, having been raised in England by two social workers who exposed her to the values of the profession and importance of social justice.

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Education

University of Southern California

EdD 2019
Organizational Change and Leadership in Education

San Diego State University

MSW 1995

University of Leeds

BS 1985

Area of Expertise

  • Neglect
  • Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work
  • Social Work with Families
  • Abuse

Industry Experience

  • Social Services
  • Education/Learning
  • Research

Accomplishments

Excellence in Leadership and Creativity Award

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
2018

 

Articles & Publications

Supranovich, R. & Newmyer, R. (2020). Bringing Micro to the Macro: Adapting Clinical Interventions for Supervision and Management. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Soto, C., Handboy, T., Supranovich, R. & Weiss, E.L. (2019).  The Women of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation: Portrayals of Historical Trauma and Healing. In Zaleski, K., Enrile, A., Weiss, E.L. & Wang, X. (Eds.) Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century: A Transnational Approach. Oxford University Press.