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  • November 10, 2017

    As we celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week, Theresa Granger, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, provides a brief history of the rise of nurse practitioner programs in the United States and shares her views on the future of this important profession.

  • November 09, 2017

    Though his involvement in a gang landed him in prison at 27, José Barron never lost sight of his education goals. Now, he’s an MSW candidate in our social work program.

    After overcoming unlikely odds, Jose Barron is less than a year away from completing his Master of Social Work at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Drawing from his past experiences as a gang member and inmate, combined with his skills and training from the MSW program, Jose hopes to provide much-needed resources to his community upon graduation.

  • November 08, 2017

    You have just received an offer for a job you want, but the salary is lower than you expected. What should you do?

    Make sure you’re not leaving money on the table by failing to negotiate your salary. According to, more than 18 percent of job applicants don’t negotiate their salaries. The main reasons they don’t: fear and lack of negotiation skills.

  • November 08, 2017

    Though Los Angeles is making progress on homelessness, there’s still a long way to go. Learn what USC is doing to raise awareness and strengthen community partnerships.

  • November 07, 2017

    With nearly a decade of experience as a family nurse practitioner, Clinical Assistant Professor Michelle Zappas offers students an inside look into what it’s like to practice in the real world.

    Michelle Peters Zappas is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where she instructs students in the clinical management of adult patients. She also serves as a per diem nurse practitioner at the Saban Community Clinic in Los Angeles.

  • October 17, 2017

    Timely screenings are the best way to identify breast cancer before symptoms emerge. For health care providers, this means staying up to date with the latest screening recommendations. However, social workers can also play a significant role by connecting vulnerable populations to essential — and low-cost — resources.

  • October 13, 2017

    Bullying is an unfortunate reality at most K-12 schools — but are we any closer to stopping it? One professor may have a viable solution.

    Bullying in schools is not a new concept. Yet, with the advent of the internet and accompanying rise of cyberbullying, addressing the issue effectively has only become more complex. Kids victimize each other online in ways that their parents would never have imagined, and reports of sexual assault and violence are on the rise in schools.

  • October 11, 2017

    Abusive relationships can be irreparably damaging for their victims. Recognizing and acting upon the warning signs of domestic violence could save someone’s life.

  • October 09, 2017

    David Schonfeld believes that an integrated, informed support system is key to addressing the challenges grief poses for children.

  • October 06, 2017

    Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating, but families don’t have to go it alone.