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); Supporting Student Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty and Academic Advisors (Oxford University Press, 2015); Transformative Social Work Practice (Sage, 2015) and The Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities (Praeger/ABC-CLIO).

Her research interests include military social work; student veterans in higher education, virtual learning environments and leadership.

Weiss joined the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 2005 as a part-time adjunct instructor then in 2008 became a full-time faculty member. She helped launch the San Diego Academic Center in 2009 and the military social work track. Weiss has also taught at various academic centers and held leadership roles. Weiss served as the Interim Director of the San Diego Academic Center and is the current director of the Orange County Academic Center in Irvine, CA.   

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. & Strong, J. D. (2017). Introduction to the Special Section: The whole family serves: Serving the whole military family. Military Behavioral Health (online June 22, 2017).

Strong, J. & Weiss, E.L. (2017). Editorial: U.S. military-connected families in service to our country: A call to social workers. Journal of Family Social Work, Special Issue on Military Families, 20(1), 1-4.

Capp, G., Astor, R., Benbenishty, R., Weiss, E.L. & Pineda, D. (2017). School staff perceptions of military-connected students in civilian public schools: Implications for teachers, counselors and school staff. Military Behavioral Health, 5(2), 147-156.

Weiss, E.L. Gross, G. & Moncrief, D. (2016). Can health care reform end stigma towards mental illness? Journal of Progressive Human Services 27(2), 95-110.

Canfield, J. & Weiss, E.L. (2015). Integrating military and veteran culture in social work education: Implications for curriculum inclusion. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(Suppl.1), S128-S144.

Brand, M. & Weiss, E.L. (2015). Social workers in combat: Application of advanced practice competencies in military social work and implications for social work education.  Journal of Social Work Education, 51, 154-169.

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.