Research Clusters of Excellence

The USC School of Social Work has created research clusters, or “communities,” that bring together a distinguished group of investigators with common academic interests, allowing for meaningful ways to foster interdisciplinary and community collaboration, and bolster high-impact research. The goal is to support the expansion of scholarship and innovative research by identifying and developing existing areas of excellence within the school, which include aging; behavior, health, and society; child development and children’s services; homelessness, housing, and social environment; military; serious mental illness services and quality of life; and management, organizations and policy transformation, as well as provide a framework for research and training at the doctoral level. Each cluster receives substantial funding in combination with external support to provide the team a pool of shared resources that can be used for research, teaching and scholarly dialogue.

 

Aging
William Vega, williaav@usc.edu
Behavior, Health, and Society
Lawrence Palinkas, palinkas@usc.edu
Julie Cederbaum, jcederba@usc.edu
Child Development and Children’s Services
Penelope Trickett, pennyt@usc.edu
Jacquelyn McCroskey, mccroske@usc.edu
Homelessness, Housing, and Social Environment
Suzanne Wenzel, swenzel@usc.edu
Management, Organizations and Policy Transformation
Michálle Mor Barak, morbarak@usc.edu
Erick Guerrero, erickgue@usc.edu
Military Behavioral Health and Trauma
Carl Castro, cacastro@usc.edu
Serious Mental Illness Services and Quality of Life
John Brekke, brekke@usc.edu
Ann Marie Yamada, amyamada@usc.edu