DIANE MEADOW, a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor, has taught graduate social work courses for more than 20 years. In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities at USC, which have also included overseeing the USC Orange County master of social work degree program, she has taught local social work students at California State University, Fullerton; Hebrew Union College and the Wright Institute, as well as at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She also frequently conducts continuing education courses and licensure preparation workshops.
Professionally, Meadow specializes in social and psychiatric counseling to children and families in foster care, severely disabled patients and their families, and chronic mental patients and their families. She has provided services to the Orange County Department of Social Services, Hamburger Home for Girls, Camarillo State Hospital, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital and the San Bernardino County Welfare Department, while maintaining a private practice for more than 30 years. She also has worked extensively with Jewish Family Service, serving as director of the Russian Resettlement Program in Los Angeles, district director of the West Los Angeles office and a clinical social worker helping children of Holocaust survivors.
In 2007, the National Association of Social Workers (Region F) honored Meadow with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her excellence in teaching and outstanding service to individuals, marginalized populations and her community. Other awards include the USC School of Social Work honor for "Commitment to the Community through Education, Scholarship and Service" in 1995; the Orange County chapter of the American Red Cross honor for outstanding service to the community in 1985; and Outstanding Social Worker of the Year in l974 by the Los Angeles County Probation Department.