Elizabeth Phillips

Associate Professor, Field Education and Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Contact Information
University Park
Department of Study 
Adults and Healthy Aging
PhD, University of Southern California, 2001
MSW, University of Southern California, 1995
BA, California State University, Los Angeles, 1991

ELIZABETH (BETSY) PHILLIPS joined the faculty in 2011. She has previously worked with Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work professor John Brekke on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded project concerned with merging research knowledge and practice wisdom. As part of this five-year study, she trained Master of Social Work interns on numerous evidence-based interventions, including motivational interviewing, problem solving therapy, seeking safety, and illness management and recovery. Phillips is also certified to practice interpersonal psychotherapy and errorless learning. Her clinical experience has been with adults with co-occurring disorders in community mental health and residential treatment settings. In her current role as developer and co-leader of evidence-based intervention trainings, she helps to advance the School of Social Work’s plan to teach all MSW students at least two evidence-based interventions by graduation.

Selected Publications

Brekke, S., Phillips, E., Pancake, L., O, A., Lewis, J. & Duke, J. (2009). Implementation practice and implementation research: A report from the field.Research on Social Work Practice, 19(5), 592-601.

Phillips, E.S., Barrio, C. & Brekke, J.S. (2001). The impact of ethnicity on prospective functional outcomes for community-based psychosocial rehabilitation for persons with schizophrenia. Journal of Community Psychology, 29(6), 657-673.

Phillips, E. (2001). A longitudinal examination of gender and ethnicity across two models of community treatment for individuals with schizophrenia and related disorders. Unpublished Dissertation.