Why Social Work, Why Now?

There has never been a more important time to become a social worker. Our faculty tell you why.

Dorian Traube, associate professor

Social work expert focused on early child development, virtual home visitation and telehealth solutions for families with young children. Developed Parents as Teachers @ USC Telehealth.

Renee Smith-Maddox, clinical professor

Social work expert focused on teaching diversity, social innovation and capacity-building needs of organizations. Leads the school's efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion.

John Brekke, Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research

Social work expert focused on the improvement of community-based services for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness. Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).

Annalisa Enrile, clinical professor

Social work expert focused on human trafficking, intimate partner violence and violence against women, and exploitative migrant labor. Recognized as one of the top 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World (Global 100).

Devon Brooks, associate professor

Social work expert focused on reduction of child maltreatment, racial and ethnic disparities, and mental health outcomes of children and families served by public welfare agencies.

Eric Rice, associate professor

Social work expert focused on homelessness, at-risk youth, HIV prevention and community outreach. Director of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence for Social Good (CAIS).

Alice Cepeda, associate professor

Social work expert focused on the social epidemiology of drug use and the related health risk behaviors that disproportionately affect urban Mexican-origin minority populations.