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July 24, 2017

By Lynn Lipinski

David Kuroda, MSW ’72, has spent his career advocating for children—and healthy divorces.

Over his decades-long career as a social worker, counselor and mediator, David Kuroda, MSW ’72, has helped some 8,000 families navigate the stress of separation and divorce.

July 19, 2017

For National Minority Mental Health Month, a USC professor shares her insights on depression among older Latino adults.

María Aranda, an associate professor holding joint appointments with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, has spent her career studying mental health issues within older, underserved populations.

July 18, 2017

For National Purposeful Parenting Month, we’re discussing a topic that poses a universal challenge to parents: how to talk to your teenagers about drug use.

We checked in with Dorian Traube, associate professor and senior associate dean of faculty affairs, for advice on one of the trickiest parenting moments of all: how to talk to your children about drugs.

July 17, 2017

During the course of a year, 1.5 million Americans experience homelessness for at least one night. In the Los Angeles area alone, the homeless population has reached 57,000. This is an increase of 23% countywide from last year. 

June 28, 2017

The Department of Social Change and Innovation at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work convened a social change lab experience aimed at finding creative solutions to the problems faced by homeless individuals.

June 28, 2017

For National Childhood Obesity Week, July 3 - 9, we explore how early traumatic experiences can lead to a lifelong struggle with obesity.

June 26, 2017

Continuing our series of posts to highlight the cause and effect of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during the June awareness month, one of the foremost experts in the field of child trauma, Dr. Marleen Wong, provides invaluable insight on how to recognize PTSD in children.

June 20, 2017

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause in the top ten that cannot be cured or reversed. Understanding the symptoms is key to early diagnosis, which can lead to a better quality of life for the patient and family as the disease progresses.

May 26, 2017

May is National Foster Care Month. Foster care can come in many forms — do you know about these 10 types?

To many, “foster care” denotes the concept of a caretaker taking in children in need until they can find permanent homes. However, there are many different types of foster care, from those based on medical need to those that involve family members or friends of the family looking after children due to unforeseen circumstances.

May 25, 2017

How can social work help veterans who are suffering from mental health issues? One USC MSW graduate seeks to answer that question.

As a Marine, Dexter Egleston, MSW ‘17, is intimately acquainted with the mental health needs of veterans. A recent graduate from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, he spoke with us about his journey to his Master of Social Work and his post-graduation ambitions.