Eugenia Weiss

Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Orange County Academic Center
Contact Information
Orange County
Department of Study 
Children, Youth and Families
Research Interest 
Mental Health
Military Social Work
PsyD, Alliant International University, 2003
MSW, University of Southern California, 1992
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989

EUGENIA L. WEISS is a bilingual-bicultural (Spanish) California licensed clinical social worker and licensed psychologist. Weiss maintained a private practice for 18 years working with military personnel and their families, as well as working in community mental health and administration. 

She is the author and co-author of multiple peer-reviewed journal publications and books. Weiss is co-author of the Civilian Counselor's Primer to Counseling Veterans (2nd ed., Linus Books, 2011) and co-editor of the Handbook of Military Social Work (Wiley & Sons, 2013) and Supporting Student Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty and Academic Advisors (Lyceum, 2015). She also co-edited the upcoming text, Transformative Social Work Practice (Sage, in press). Her research interests include military and veteran family issues, student veterans in higher education and virtual learning environments.

Weiss joined in 2005 as a part-time adjunct instructor at the Orange County Academic Center and became full-time in 2008. As a faculty member, she helped launch the school's San Diego Academic Center in 2009, as well as the military social work specialization. She has also taught and held various leadership roles in the Virtual Academic Center. Weiss served as the 2014-15 interim director of the San Diego Academic Center.

Awards and Distinction
Hutto Patterson Foundation Award for Distinguished Faculty, USC School of Social Work (2013)
International Award of Excellence in the Area of Health and Wellness, International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society, Paper titled: The Influence of Military Culture and Veteran Worldviews on Mental Health Treatment: Implications for Veteran Help-Seeking and Wellness (2012)
Featured in the National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Association for Social Workers (2011)
Outstanding Doctor of Psychology Award, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA (2003)
Dean's List Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1992)
Mable Town & Gown Scholarship Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1991)
Latino Social Work Student Scholarship Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1990)
Dean's List Award, University of California, Los Angeles (1989)
More awards
Selected Publications

Weiss, E.L., Coll, J.E., Reyes, V., Salazar-Nocito, D. & Dyer, D. (2012). Military families and combat veteran posttraumatic stress disorder: A family therapy approach based on resilience and military culture. Illinois Child Welfare Journal, 6(1), 1-16.

Coll, J.E., Weiss, E.L., Draves, P. & Dyer, D. (2012). The impact of military cultural awareness, experience, attitudes, and education on clinician self-efficacy in the treatment of veterans. Journal of International Continuing Social Work Education, 15(1), 39-48.

Weiss, E.L., Coll, J.E., Mayeda, S., Mascarenas, J., Krill, K. & DeBraber, T. (2012). An ecosystemic perspective in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and substance use in veterans. Journal of Social Work Practice in Addictions, 12(2), 143-162.

Coll, J.E., Weiss, E.L. & Yarvis, J. (2011). No one leaves unchanged: Insights for civilian mental health care professionals into the military experience and culture. Social Work in Health Care, 50(7), 487-500.

Weiss, E.L. & Coll, J.E. (2011). The influence of military culture and veteran worldviews on mental health treatment: Implications for veteran help-seeking and wellness. International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society, 1(2), 75-86.

Exum, H.A., Coll, J.E. & Weiss, E.L. (2011). A Civilian Counselor’s Primer to Counseling Veterans. Deerpark, NY: Linus Publications.

Weiss, E.L., Coll, J.E., Gebauer, J., Smiley, K. & Carrillo, E. (2010). The military genogram: A solution-focused approach for resiliency building in service members and their families. The Family Journal: Counseling for Couples and Families, 18(4), 395-406.