Report Proposes Ways to Improve Lives Around USC

The 2015 State of the Neighborhood Report, led by Professor Hortensia Amaro, focuses on the current state of the communities surrounding USC's campuses, including economic stability, education, health and health care. "We have incredible privilege at this university. And it is our responsibility to act on all of that privilege," USC Provost Michael Quick said.

Teens from Military Families at Higher Risk of Suicidal Behavior

California adolescents from military families are more likely than nonmilitary youth to think about, plan and attempt suicide, according to a new study led by Assistant Professor Tamika Gilreath. The study is the first to explore the continuum of suicidality.

California Infants Remain at High Risk After Initial Report of Maltreatment

A new study by the Children's Data Network has found that 60 percent of infants in California who were reported to the child protection system for alleged maltreatment were re-reported for suspected abuse or neglect within five years.

Tattoos as Therapy

Adjunct Lecturer Gabe Crenshaw took part in the reality television show “Ink Shrinks” on the Spike network. The show’s premise is based on the idea that the body releases endorphins to combat the pain of getting a tattoo, allowing those undergoing the procedure to be more open to therapy. After having a therapy session with the client, the show's professional psychologists and tattoo artists work together to “prescribe” a tattoo designed to help clients heal by serving as everyday reminders of how far they’ve come.

Orange County Veterans Face Mental Health Challenges

A study from the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families surveyed more than 1,200 veterans in Orange County, California, and found that one in five post-9/11 veterans had considered suicide. Adm. Mike Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said at the study's release that the data proves the need for community leadership in veteran reintegration.

Spotlight

This year's All School Day, “Race Relations in the 21st Century,” featured Compton Mayor Aja Brown and USC professors Manuel Pastor and Jody Armour, who discussed the state of race relations today and its possible the future.

People

Assistant Professor Julie Cederbaum, right, won a USC Mellon Mentoring Award for helping to build a supportive academic environment. PhD student Jaih Craddock nominated her for the award.

Giving

Already past its midway mark, The USC Social Work Initiative has secured $40 million over the past four years for scholarships, research, faculty leadership and program development, among many other areas.