School Tapped by President to Reduce Gun Violence

As part of the Obama administration's Now is the Time plan to reduce incidents of mass shootings, our Field Education department has received a $1.4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to train students in specific areas of behavioral health in an effort to address gun violence.

Battered but Not Broken

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013. Typhoon Hagupit hit in 2014. Thousands were killed, homes were destroyed, and the effects, both physical and mental, are still being felt. To help some of the country's most vulnerable -- children -- a USC School of Social Work-led team traveled to the Philippines at the request of its Department of Education to provide psycho-social intervention training for schools, especially as it relates to trauma in the wake of disasters such as typhoons.

Combating Crack

Disturbed by new evidence that crack cocaine use may be reaching epidemic levels in Mexico City, researchers led by Assistant Professor Alice Cepeda are testing a new strategy to fight back, with the help of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Study Finds 1 in 7 California Children Suspected for Neglect or Abuse

The Children’s Data Network project at the USC School of Social Work has released data showing one in seven children born in California – nearly 15 percent – were reported for suspected abuse or neglect before they were 5 years old, a much higher number than previously realized.

The Review Crew

Reviewing grant proposals for federal agencies has proven to be a boon to researchers at the USC School of Social Work. Having an insider’s perspective on how federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation assess grant applications is critical to putting together a successful proposal -- and getting that all-important funding.


Learn about how our Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families is helping our returning service members and their loved ones with the transition of coming home.


Professor Iris Chi's decades-long career dedicated to helping older adults was inspired by an elderly client, who despite not having any family or money, persevered. "That one case really got me to think about what is important in old age."


Amy and Chuck Spielman have donated $20,000 each year for the past three years to support the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families' work in improving the transition of veterans into their communities.