Department of Defense Grant to Study Technology's Role in Preparing Military Social Workers

The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study whether technology, such as 3-D avatar animation and mobile apps, is effective at training graduate students and professional clinicians and therapists.

Social Workers Team Up with Computer Scientists

Assistant Professor Eric Rice and USC Viterbi computer scientists have teamed up to create an algorithm to be used by Los Angeles social workers to prevent the spread of HIV among homeless teens and young adults.

Race Has Everything to Do With It

With his new book, "Black Males and Racism: Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans," Clinical Assistant Professor Terence Fitzgerald hopes to shine a light on one segment of racial injustice that he believes has often been ignored — the subjugation of black males in the education system.

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.


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.


Suzanne Dworak-Peck, MSW ’67, a renowned social worker, has been appointed the newest member of the school's Board of Councilors to work toward the advancement of the school’s mission.


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.