Expert Faculty Tips and Guidance

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, both across the country and around the world. We are working closely with university officials to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Please visit the university's dedicated COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information and announcements.

Our expert faculty are stepping up to provide information, resources and comfort to our students, alumni and the social work community during this unprecedented time in the history of our world. 

Marleen Wong
Psychological First Aid with Dr. Marleen Wong

Marleen Wong, senior vice dean, is one of the developers of Psychological First Aid/Listen, Protect, Connect, Model and Teach - an intervention model to help children and youth recover after crisis and disaster, and can be applied to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.


How to Cope in the Age of COVID-19
How to Cope in the Age of COVID-19

Ruth C. White, clinical associate professor, provides mental health wellness tips every morning via KRON 4 San Francisco on how to manage stress and anxiety during this challenging time.


Social Connection during Crisis
The Importance of Social Connection during Crisis

Eric Rice, associate professor and director of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, provides helpful insight on the importance of maintaining social connections during COVID-19 isolation.


Coping with Disappointment
Coping with Disappointment in the Wake of COVID-19

Kimberly Finney, clinical associate professor and clinical psychologist, has guidance for students, and anyone else coping with disappointment, on learning to be resilient.


Keep Your Kids Learning
How to Keep your Kids Learning while at Home

Terence Fitzgerald, clinical associate professor, addresses activities and structure for kids at home, and how to keep them learning.


Advice for Senior Citizens
Advice for Senior Citizens during COVID-19

Maria Aranda, associate professor and executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, provides tips on how older adults can stay safe and less stressed during the COVID-19 emergency.


Parenting in the Time of Quarantine
Parenting in the Time of Quarantine

Julie Cederbaum, associate professor, offers advice from taking your child's fears seriously to finding new ways to stay active as a family, as a guest on KPCC's Take Two


Self-Care for Health Care Workers
Self-Care for COVID-19 Health Care Workers

Michelle Zappas, clinical associate professor in the Department of Nursing, provides a simple self-care exercise for those on the front lines of the epidemic.


Resources for Undocumented Population
COVID-19 Resources for the Undocumented Population

Concepcion Barrio, interim executive vice dean and associate professor, shares information on safe places for undocumented persons to receive assistance.


Working Remotely
Working and Managing Employees Remotely during COVID-19

Scott Darrell, adjunct professor and leadership coach at CareerPQ, provides advice on how leaders and employees can work from home without too much stress.