In the Media

Grunion Gazette
November 28, 2014
The Grunion Gazette featured MSW student Tierra Burns, who is competing in the Miss Black California USA pageant. The article mentioned she attends the USC School of Social Work and that her concentration is families and children with a sub-concentration in military social work.

Los Angeles Magazine
November 24, 2014
Los Angeles Magazine quoted Karen Lincoln of the USC School of Social Work about how to manage the stress that comes with caring for elderly parents. “We often think that we’re the only ones going through this situation, that nobody is really available to help us, but now is the time to ask for help. And that’s the hard part,” she said.

Daily Pilot
November 24, 2014
The Daily Pilot mentioned USC School of Social Work students, along with their teacher, adjunct associate professor Thomas Peterson, participated in Costa Mesa's first Sleep Out on Superior, a homeless awareness event organized by the nonprofit Share Our Selves and planned in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. "It really changes it from classroom learning to real-life learning," Peterson said.

November 20, 2014
NBC News Goldsboro, N.C. affiliate WNCN-TV featured research by Ron Avi Astor of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues finding that 5 million children have a parent or sibling who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. About 30 percent of these children are dealing with anxiety, depression, serious thoughts of suicide or other mental health issues, the article noted. Astor said local schools can be important links between military children and the support they need. He added that successful programs at schools are well aware of community resources, and they identify military children at the beginning of each school year.

Daily Trojan
November 18, 2014
Daily Trojan mentioned the USC School of Social Work Diversity Committee, along with Price School of Public Policy’s Women Leading Policy, Planning and Development and the Institute for Global Health, held a screening of Honor Diaries, a documentary about the need to end honor violence, forced and underage marriage and female genital mutilation. Rafael Angulo of the USC School of Social Work was quoted. “As social workers, one of the things we are taught is to look at issues contextually,” he said. “We constantly come across this issue of culture, and while we are meant to respect it, we are also meant to assess it and examine it from multiple perspectives.”

Washington Post
November 17, 2014
Washington Post quoted MSW student Amanda Tenorio about her experience as a victim of domestic violence. The article mentioned she is a case manager for a domestic violence housing program in Virginia and that she is completing a master’s degree in social work. She was also interviewed for segments on NBC News Washington, D.C. affiliate WRC-TV and ABC News Washington, D.C. affiliate WJLA-TV’s “Let’s Talk Live.”

November 16, 2014
Fox News Louisville affiliate WDRB-TV quoted Anthony Hassan of the USC School of Social Work about veterans’ transition from the military to civilian life. “What happens is that veterans tend to ask for help when they’re in dire straits – when it’s a crisis – and that’s not when we want to help them,” he said. “It is our moral obligation to take care of these veterans when they come home because they’re taking care of us.”

U-T San Diego
November 17, 2014
U-T San Diego quoted William Vega of the USC School of Social Work about Latinos typically living two and a half years longer than non-Latinos, primarily because they smoke less and drink alcohol less regularly.

Korea Times
November 13, 2014
Korea Times featured a talk by USC School of Social Work Visiting Scholar Sohn Jie-Ae, former president of South Korea's Arirang TV, about how Korean culture – through music, videogames and the Internet – has become influential around the world.

KPCC’s “Take Two”
November 12, 2014
KPCC’s “Take Two” quoted Kim Finney of the USC School of Social Work about the unmet mental health needs of female veterans. “There’s a significant number of females that don’t identify themselves as veterans or think of themselves as veterans,” she said. “We need to educate female veterans on what it is the VA (Veterans Affairs) does, how do you access those services…a massive education program.”

November 11, 2014
KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) featured the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families’ Motivational Interviewing Learning Environment and Simulation (MILES), a computer-simulated veteran named Mike Baker, which is used to prepare social workers for treating real patients. The piece noted the virtual veteran can display social cues such as fidgeting and can run through hundreds of scenarios when prompted by questions about his life. "And actually that'll change if you start to say things he feels uncomfortable with. He’ll start shaking his head and start looking more agitated," said USC’s Nathan Graeser, who helped program the simulation. Anthony Hassan of the USC School of Social Work and co-developer of the project, said some of Mike Baker's responses are sarcastic or even a bit hostile, which can unnerve a user, but that's the point.

U.S. News & World Report
November 11, 2014
U.S. News & World Report quoted Ron Avi Astor of the USC School of Social Work about the need to provide more support services to the children of veterans. He said with an estimated 4 to 5 million kids nationwide whose parents have served in the military since 9/11, public school principals and teachers often have military kids in their classes without realizing it.

November 10, 2014
KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) cited a study by Carl Castro of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues that found a quarter of Los Angeles’ veterans are unemployed or earning poverty-level wages.

KPCC’s “Take Two”
November 10, 2014
KPCC’s “Take Two” featured an interview with Anthony Hassan of the USC School of Social Work and Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families about the challenges veterans face when they return home. “One moment you’re feeling relieved, and you’re ready to move on with your new life. At the same time, you’re not at all aware of what that new life is going to be like. The new life is finding a job, finding a place to live. New friends, new relationships. It’s quite a stressful time, with or without war experience,” he said.

NY 1 News
November 10, 2014
NY 1 News featured the inaugural Korean-American Service Day organized by Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) fellows, who volunteered in five major U.S. cities to promote civic responsibility and a sense of community and fellowship. “We’re really excited because we know that a lot of Korean Americans are doing service around the country anyway, so to do it all together, we think we can have more impact,” said Ellen Kim, a NetKAL fellow.

November 10, 2014
NationSwell featured the USC School of Social Work’s military social work program, noting that it trains graduate students to address the needs of veterans, service members and military families. The article also mentioned Pamela and Mark Mischel endowed a new scholarship program, the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Fund, which will pay the tuition for military members and veterans who want to enroll. November 4, 2014 San Antonio Express-News quoted Carl Castro of the USC School of Social Work about military veterans suffering from insomnia.

Huffington Post
November 7, 2014
The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Anthony Hassan of the USC School of Social Work about support for the nation's veteran population. The article featured research by Carl Castro of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues, who found that nearly 80 percent of veterans report not having a job lined up as they transition to civilian life. "The partnership announced between USC's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families and the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to create a citywide veteran's strategy is an encouraging first step," Hassan wrote.

Yahoo Finance
November 7, 2014
Yahoo Finance mentioned Hortensia Amaro was one of 10 professors to receive a $25,000 cash award from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust for inspiring a former student to make a difference in his or her community.

November 5, 2013
The Argonaut cited a report by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families that found most veterans surveyed didn’t know how to get help with medical, employment or housing needs. Nathan Graeser of the USC School of Social Work was quoted. “One of the more shocking things is that most new veterans have no plan, no preparation for coming home,” he said. “Everyone thinks war is the hard part. Veterans often say they’d go back to war if called, but it’s coming home that’s the hard part — re-acclimating, meeting your spouse again … all those family systems you’re not part of anymore.” The article noted Graeser is a community liaison for the center and also convenes the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative.

November 4, 2014
The Hill mentioned a report from the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families as a prime example of how to deliver the correct services to veterans effectively and efficiently. The author of the blog said this is the “first effort in American history to provide a ‘detailed study of the target’— specifying veterans’ needs, almost down to the zip code level. If heeded, this insight can enable the delivery of pinpoint services in Los Angeles County, one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the nation. It should serve as a model for the rest of the country.”

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
November 4, 2014
The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth featured research by Eric Rice, Harmony Rhodes and Hailey Winetrobe of the USC School of Social Work about the relationship between intimate partner violence and homeless youths' social networks. The authors write that it’s possible that having a male-dominated social network may increase the likelihood that homeless young women will become victims of intimate partner violence.

Huffington Post
November 3, 2014
The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Ron Astor of the USC School of Social Work about ways schools can and should celebrate Veterans Day. “Why have a national Veterans Day if large numbers of urban public schools just ignore its purpose, which is to openly and unabashedly celebrate all those who served and are serving our country? Their children and families have served too! Veterans Day is for all Americans to stop and thank those who have, are or will serve to protect the freedoms we enjoy,” he wrote.

USA Today
October 28, 2014
USA Today quoted Judy Axonovitz and Gabriel Crenshaw of the USC School of Social Work on how confusion over quarantines and travel policies can lead to fear and panic about the Ebola virus. "People feel vulnerable, and if there isn't clarity about the Ebola protocols, it only augments the fear. There's not a lot of confidence now in the system on the state or the federal level,'' Axonovitz said. Crenshaw agreed: "It's not just that questions aren't being answered, it's that they're being answered and seemingly retracted.''

Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times quoted Eric Rice of the USC School of Social Work about the backgrounds of young, homeless transients. "They aren't traveling up and down the coast just because they're choosing to engage in a homeless lifestyle," Rice said. "It's a coping strategy. They are coming from very bad family backgrounds. A lot of them are good kids deserving of our kindness. We should be figuring out how to help them, not how to put them in jail."

Chronicle of Social Change
October 27, 2014
The Chronicle of Social Change featured research by Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues on the children of young mothers who experience the child protection system in Los Angeles. The story noted that the Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection pointed to Putnam-Hornstein's research and the value of predictive risk modeling. "In the context of child protection, it can be applied as a tool for risk stratifying or risk classifying cases – and this information can be used for a range of activities," Putnam-Hornstein said.

October 25, 2014
The Economist published a letter to the editor by Ruth White of the USC School of Social Work about the United States’ resistance to give asylum to gay Jamaicans. “I have been a witness in deportation trials to attest to the violence of anti-gay sentiment in Jamaica. Expert testimony on country conditions is still required in these hearings, despite the State Department’s acknowledgment about virulent homophobia on the island,” she wrote.

October 24, 2014
ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Lawrence Palinkas of the USC School of Social Work about irrational fear related to the Ebola virus. “In order to live in any environment, we have to have some information about it. Things that are potential threats that we do not have any information are more likely to generate these kinds of behaviors that we consider to be irrational,” he said. “Prolonged, chronic stress generates physiological reactions that lead to heart disease and other chronic illnesses.”

Fast Company
October 23, 2014
Fast Company quoted Beverly Younger of the USC School of Social Work about the prevalence of workplace bullying. She said even though it’s been going on for decades, the term workplace bullying didn’t begin to appear in the business context until the late 1990s and has only recently begun emerging as a hot-button issue as more and more companies are recognizing the negative implications of bullying on productivity and team morale. “Targets of bullying often feel anxious, stressed; they have lower self-esteem, less self-efficacy, and they may consider leaving their position,” she said.

International Business Times
October 22, 2014
International Business Times quoted Gabriel Crenshaw of the USC School of Social Work about paranoia over the spread of the Ebola virus. It's natural to be afraid of Ebola given the media alarm in the U.S., Crenshaw said. “It comes from a place of survivalism,” he explained. “It’s very Darwinistic. People will always do what’s best for them to survive.” The problem, he said, is people who only see the worst possible outcome in a situation. That’s when fear over Ebola strays from a place of rational thinking. “They have these blinders on because they see the doomsday coming,” Crenshaw said.

Louisville Business
October 17, 2014
Louisville Business mentioned a conference hosted by USC and the University of Louisville to address military veteran employment. The article noted guest speakers will include Carl Castro and Anthony Hassan of the USC School of Social Work and Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families.

Defense One
October 15, 2014
Defense One featured a study from the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work that found veterans are not finding a job before transitioning out of the military or taking a position that is a fit when they do take a first job.

October 14, 2014
KX FM (Laguna Beach) interviewed Conrad Fuentes of the USC School of Social Work about the criminalization of the mentally ill. “We have to focus on treatment. Treatment needs to be readily available to people coming out of jails and prisons. That needs to happen before they leave. When you think about people who have been incarcerated for a long period of time, their ability to socialize or engage with others in society is difficult, and you add mental illness to that, it makes it worse,” he said. “Touch base with those people. Include social workers and other mental health workers, and prepare them to be released back into society.”

KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected”
October 8, 2014
KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected” interviewed Ben Henwood of the USC School of Social Work about a local effort to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016.“Ten years ago this isn’t something that was really conceivable,” he said. “Getting people off the streets is good for everyone. It’s good for businesses that are in those areas. It’s good for the taxpayer.”

Medill Reports
October 8, 2014
Medill Reports quoted Carolann Peterson of the USC School of Social Work about the rise of financial abuse as a tactic among domestic abusers to exert control over victims. “Most abusers control finances because no funds means no way of leaving,” she said. “We tell victims to find a way, if possible, to stash money with trusted family, friends or coworkers.”

San Antonio News Press
October 7, 2014
San Antonio News Press ran an op-ed about the need for a military response to the high number of sexual assaults reported in a study by Carl Castro of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues about the challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian life. Wisconsin State Journal also carried the opinion piece.

Washington Post
October 7, 2014
The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, featured a report by Carl Castro of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues that found most veterans are unprepared for civilian life. Castro says veterans often do not get help until they hit rock bottom and, in many cases, often underestimate the physical and mental health issues they are dealing with. “You tell them don’t minimize an injury or an illness you have. Because here, the implications for minimizing an illness or an injury become catastrophic,” he said. Association of Defense Communities, Capitalo, Corpus Christi Caller Times, Daily Me, Evansville Courier & Press, KERO-TV (Bakersfield), KMGH-TV (Denver), Knoxville News Sentinel, KNXV-TV (Phoenix),, San Angelo Standard Times, Task & Purpose, Ventura County Star, Wave Newspapers, WEWS-TV (Cleveland), WMAR-TV (Baltimore), World, Wounded Times, WPTV (West Palm Beach) and WRTV (Indianapolis) also carried the story.

October 6, 2014
The Guardian ran an op-ed by Juan Macias of the USC School of Social Work about more private companies hiring social workers for their unique skill set. "Increasingly, organizations are looking for professionals who can help address a range of issues, from the safety, health and well-being of employees to improving a company’s financial, social and environmental performance," Macias wrote. The article highlighted the USC School of Social Work's non-traditional social work program, which is aimed at master’s-level students interested in applying their social work skills in organizations that do not typically hire social work graduates.

Seattle Times
October 5, 2014
Seattle Times featured an editorial by USC School of Social Work student Rachel Jaffee on why Washington needs a Kendra’s Law – which was named after a woman pushed to her death by a man who was severely mentally ill. “Multiple independent studies of Kendra’s Law show reduction in inpatient hospitalization, homelessness, arrests and incarceration among participants. Costs to New York’s mental-health system decreased by 50 percent in the first year after legislation of Kendra’s Law and continued to fall in following years,” she wrote.

Your Mark on the World blog
October 3, 2014
Your Mark on the World blog featured a post about the USC School of Social Work’s “You Matter” campaign to help spread positive mental health through acts of caring and the “100 Voices for Suicide Prevention” collaboration with more than 45 leading voices who have contributed guest posts, podcast interviews, PSAs and resources to help raise awareness in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month.

Yahoo News
October 1, 2014
Yahoo News cited a study by Eric Rice of the USC School of Social Work that found 62 percent of homeless youths have cell phones, as part of a related story about strategies to help LGBT homeless teens find services they need.