Vivien Villaverde

Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education
Contact Information
City Center
Department of Study 
Children, Youth and Families
MS, Columbia University, 1998
BA, University of California, Irvine, 1994

VIVIEN VILLAVERDE is a clinical associate professor in field education. She is the field education coordinator for the Community, Organization, and Business Innovation department. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and maintaining all community collaborations and partnerships with local agencies and organizations that host internships for Master of Social Work COBI students. She manages, coordinates and monitors MSW field placement internships for COBI students. 

Villaverde also works as the teaching institution coordinator for the field education department. She serves as lead coordinator in developing large-scale partnerships with organizations to become USC School of Social Work teaching institutions. The goal of these partnerships is to increase capacity for better services and to elevate the quality of MSW training in the field. She also works as a consultant to teaching institutions, linking partners to resources, providing technical training, assisting in program development, and brokering teaching institution-faculty partnerships in research and project development based on the interests and needs of the institution. She has facilitated the introduction of the social work profession to different school districts and has helped to build the infrastructure to create or increase social work services within schools.

A licensed clinical social worker with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Villaverde previously served as a psychiatric social worker within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Over her nine-year tenure, she held multiple positions, including a leadership role, and posts in program development, program management and collaborative coordination. There, she specialized in collaborative program partnerships, coordination and program development, serving students in the foster care and delinquency system within the education system. She worked closely with Los Angeles County agencies, such as the Department of Probation, Department of Mental Health, and Department of Children and Family Services. 

Villaverde has delivered numerous presentations on evidence-based practice and trauma, disaster preparedness planning, coordinated services and capacity building at conferences for several organizations, such as the Council on Social Work Education, Network for Social Work Management, School Social Work Association of America, The American Council for School Social Work and the International Consortium for Social Development. She is also engaged in work focused on disaster response, planning and management, crisis-intervention training and trauma-informed work. She is part of the School of Social Work’s faculty team that collaborates and works with the Department of Education and the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines. She is currently partnering with the Lawndale Elementary School District to provide technical assistance and consultation as the district moves toward becoming a trauma-informed school district. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human behavior with a minor in criminology, law and society from the University of California, Irvine. She received a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.