Centers & Affiliations
Established in 1979, the California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA) maintains one of the most extensive and complete collections of California social welfare history. The volunteer-based group collects, preserves and makes available historically significant information that documents the emergence of social problems and the development of social welfare answers in California. Primarily the historical records of health and social welfare organizations, as well as the personal papers and oral histories of prominent individuals, these materials serve as original sources for academic and community researchers and social policy analysts. CSWA conducts its activities under the auspices of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, with its collections housed in the Department of Special Collections in Doheny Memorial Library.
In a unique forum under the auspices of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and California Social Welfare Archives, the California Social Work Hall of Distinction was created in 2002 to honor the contributions of the state's social work leaders and pioneers and preserve their legacies for future generations. Credited with identifying a vision of how things could be better in their communities, these individuals helped shape social welfare with their actions and ability to inspire others. New nominees whose work is deemed of significant and lasting impact are inducted each year at the group's annual award luncheon.
The Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society is a joint venture between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The center conducts research in artificial intelligence to help solve the world's most difficult social problems, with current efforts focused on ending homelessness, fighting substance abuse, preventing suicide, improving access to health care, increasing social responses to climate change, reducing gang violence and protecting wildlife.
Center for Homelessness, Housing, and Health Equity Research
The Center seeks to conduct research with the overarching goal of discovering and promoting evidence-based solutions to reduce homelessness and health disparities.
The Center for LGBT Health Equity was created to lead scientific inquiry into the physical, emotional and social health of LGBT youth, adults and families, and guide best practices for achieving health equity for this population.
The Children’s Data Network is a data and research collaborative focused on the linkage and analysis of administrative records. In partnership with public agencies, philanthropic funders, and community stakeholders, we seek to generate knowledge and advance evidence-rich policies that will improve the health, safety, and well-being of our children.
The Institute for Addiction Science (IAS) was launched in 2018 and represents a partnership between the USC Keck School of Medicine, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of School of Social Work, and 55 addiction expert faculty from six different colleges and 16 departments across the university. Together, the IAS aims to leverage the existing base of addiction experts and outstanding infrastructure at USC to reach actionable short-term goals aligned with our long-term mission. IAS’ vision is to strengthen the field of addiction science and improve the lives of those touched by addiction. Our mission is to promote well-being through knowledge, intervention and policy by engaging in creative, transdisciplinary science and training.
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement was established to enhance the role of schools in supporting and caring for grieving students, staff and families in times of crisis and loss. Funded by New York Life Foundation, the center provides practical information, training materials and consultation services at no charge, enabling educators, principals, administrators, student support personnel, mental health providers and other professionals who work with grieving children and families to better understand childhood grief and learn best practices for addressing it at school.
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s China Program provides innovative education and training opportunities for American and Chinese leaders in business, government, academia and nonprofits. Our mission is to encourage a better understanding of the challenges facing a changing China and to nurture a cross-cultural learning environment that invites intellectual inquiry and facilitates leadership development through community outreach, multidisciplinary collaboration and research, curriculum development, international symposia and scholarly change.
Telehealth is a virtual, outpatient behavioral and mental health clinic that uses videoconferencing technology to provide evidence-based care. Telehealth serves a broad range of clients with diverse demographic backgrounds and motivations for seeking therapy. The clinic has successfully served more than 2,000 clients and provided nearly 20,000 sessions since its launch in 2012.
The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) offers innovative education and training platforms, leading research and partnerships that improve the capacity and competency of mental health providers to effectively address the needs of wounded warriors and their families. The center, with its partner USC Institute of Creative Technologies, has harnessed revolutionary technology to create virtual humans (avatars) that are programmed to replicate the experiences of veterans exposed to combat stress. These virtual reality simulations help prepare students for interacting with real clients. The center is also actively engaged in research initiatives that can be readily adapted by community organizations serving veterans and military families, as well as developing continuing education opportunities through online certificate programs.
The Roybal Institute advances research whose goal is to enhance optimal aging for persons in minority and low-income communities. It maintains a strong interdisciplinary focus, with collaborations among faculty and professionals in such fields as gerontology, psychology, preventive medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, oncology, American studies and ethnicity, and public policy. The institute builds upon USC's longstanding tradition of creating socially relevant research, innovating educational practices, influencing policymaking, fostering community-university partnerships and sharing best practices with direct service providers.