In the Media

Huffington Post
May 29, 2015
The Huffington Post quoted Marleen Wong of the USC School of Social Work about a class-action lawsuit against the Compton Unified School District alleging the district does not address its students’ mental health needs. "If you read the lawsuit and read the plaintiffs’ stories, this is chronic and repeated exposure to violence in the community, and sometimes at home, that is life-threatening danger," she said. "That has not just a psychological, not just an emotional effect. This is not about character and not about weakness; it’s about how the body functions and releases these hormones that interfere with their day-to-day life that we all expect and want for ourselves and our children."

May 28, 2015
KPFK-FM's "Uprising with Sonali" interviewed Terence Fitzgerald of the USC School of Social Work about how prescription drugs impact black communities, especially men, as well as his book on black males and racism.

Chronicle of Social Change
May 26, 2015
The Chronicle of Social Change published an opinion piece by Wendy Smith of the USC School of Social Work about her visit to Pelican Bay State Prison to meet youth offenders in long-term solitary confinement about SB260, which would enable eligible inmates to have their cases reviewed for possible early release. “Hope and desire can propel human beings to make efforts they themselves might have thought impossible. Many of these people have years to serve in front of them; those years can be spent strengthening their capacities to live successfully in the community, or nursing frustration and anger. How much better for us all if their arc is toward hope,” she wrote.

Orange County Register
May 25, 2015
The Orange County Register mentioned the Orange County Veterans’ Survey conducted by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families.

Korea Herald
May 25, 2015
The Korea Herald published an op-ed by USC visiting scholar Sohn Jie-ae about the efforts of the Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) at the USC School of Social Work to help the Korean-American community in Baltimore following recent riots over racial tensions. “It is activities like these that give me much more optimism about the future of Korean-Americans in mainstream America. Unlike the past, where individual Korean-Americans were lone successes, the current trend seems to signal that the community is ready to back these individuals as a group and to take on issues together,” she wrote.

May 21, 2015
WalletHub featured Sherrie Wilcox of the USC School of Social Work and Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families in a Q&A about a study examining best and worst states for military retirees. “I think the best opportunities may be where the veteran can use some of the key skills that they learned/used while serving in the military. Retiring military personnel have 16+ years of job experience and have been able to become experts in their job. At the very least, retiring military personnel will most certainly have strong leadership experience,” she said.

Atlanta Black Star
May 21, 2015
Atlanta Black Star quoted Gabe Crenshaw of the USC School of Social Work about the inaccuracy of media portrayals of black fathers. “America tries to paint the picture of us (Black men) like we are these loose cannons who are incapable of a serious relationship, but that’s not true,” he said. “I believe it’s by design to always project a negative connotation, particularly when it comes to the family unit and structure in the Black community, to keep it fractured. Unity brings power.”

Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2015
Los Angeles Times cited research by Marleen Wong of the USC School of Social Work on the long-term educational impacts of children suffering from childhood trauma. “Decades of research have found that children who have suffered serious trauma are far more likely to repeat a grade, be suspended from school and have severe attendance and behavioral problems,” the article attributed to Wong, citing her 2003 study of thousands of sixth-graders in South and East Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2015
Los Angeles Times quoted Tamika Gilreath of the USC School of Social Work about risk-taking in adolescents. “Risk-taking behavior is normal in humans — inscribed in our genes and brain chemistry,” she said. “There’s a psychological and physiological reward to meeting your goal.”

May 18, 2015
KPCC-FM (Southern California Public Radio) quoted Ron Avi Astor of the USC School of Social Work about the use of lawsuits to change trauma-inducing educational environments. “A growing body of scientific research suggests kids’ brains are affected when they witness or suffer trauma, which hurts their ability to learn,” he said. Astor added that his research from schools in California and Israel suggests that training teachers and administrators to create a warm, welcoming environment in classrooms can act as a sort of vaccine against problems that hurt students educationally.

May 13, 2015
KCRW-FM's “Which Way, L.A.?" (Southern California Public Radio) featured Suzanne Wenzel of the USC School of Social Work as a panelist in a discussion about an increase in Los Angeles' homeless population and the economic costs of homelessness. “It actually does cost us far more as a society to do nothing about homelessness than it does to, for example, provide permanent supportive housing for individuals who are chronically homeless, that is, who have extended bouts of homelessness or who have simply spent a long single period of time on the street,” she said. “We stand to save an enormous amount of money by doing everything we can to get people off the street. The lifespan of a chronically homeless individual on average is 25 years less than any of ours.”

Stars and Stripes
May 12, 2015
Stars and Stripes highlighted a study the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families conducted with the Volunteers of America on the employment challenges facing veterans. Anthony Hassan was quoted. “I would never disparage our veterans, but I don’t want the civilian community to think we’re all doing fine,” he said. “I don’t say veterans are all broken, but I don’t say all veterans are employment ready, either.” Military Times and Defense One also carried the story.

Bloomberg News
May 9, 2015
Bloomberg News quoted Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC School of Social Work about a program pioneered in New Zealand that enables social workers to use data to figure out which children are most at risk so resources can be applied accordingly. “The goal,” she says, “is to more effectively triage clients so the children and families who are most vulnerable and may need additional supports receive them, and others, who certainly don’t need someone knocking on their door and stopping by, don’t.”

May 8, 2015
TakePart quoted Benjamin Henwood of the USC School of Social Work about Housing First as a means to addressing housing issues for the homeless. “The more vulnerable the person, the more expensive they are to take care of,” he said. “People with complex problems who require intensive services cost a lot of taxpayer dollars.”

La Prensa San Diego
May 8, 2015
La Prensa San Diego published an op-ed by USC School of Social Work student Renee Rios about police officers using excessive force. “Police officers need the kind of training that incorporates cultural awareness of the communities they serve. As a social worker, I see an opportunity for the social work profession to serve within law enforcement agencies as administrators, educators, and community liaisons. There is a need for those with the training, unique skills and ethics necessary to help develop law enforcement agencies that can be responsive and accountable to the public served,” she wrote.

Santa Monica Next
May 7, 2015
Santa Monica Next published an op-ed by USC School of Social Work student Marissa Laham about early childhood education. “With new research linking quality preschool programs and early childcare with huge social and economic benefits, there is more reason than ever to provide early tools for success to every child, starting first with those who need it most,” she wrote.

May 6, 2015
KPCC-FM (Southern California Public Radio) featured a report by Hortensia Amaro of the USC School of Social Work on the university's impact on the surrounding community. The story noted that affordable housing is becoming harder to locate and that USC Village could help alleviate rental market pressure by housing 2,700 USC students. It also noted USC is partnering with community organizations on affordable housing, providing greater access to jobs and developing new businesses for the community. "Increased economic development activities coming from downtown and ... through many sources — that area is becoming a priority area for development," she said. "People are very concerned about what that is going to mean for them because rent usually under those conditions tends to go up."

Huffington Post
May 4, 2015
The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Jacquelyn McCroskey of the USC School of Social Work about the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles County based on a study done in collaboration with the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles. “The study found almost a third of these youths cycled right back into the system,” she wrote. “Youth are resilient and can learn if the adults around them show the way. This will require some re-engineering of county systems to support data sharing and cross-departmental collaboration, and more incentives for public-private partnerships.”

Huffington Post
May 4, 2015
The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Eric Rice about creating higher education opportunities for homeless youth. “For young adults 18 to 24, attending college must be viewed as a successful outcome for our housing programs. For youth, we should de-emphasize low wage employment and prioritize schooling as a route to long term stability. Second, young adults who are attending school full time must be allowed access to all housing opportunities funded by our government,” he wrote.

U.S. News & World Report
May 4, 2015
U.S. News & World Report quoted Betsy Phillips of the USC School of Social Work about its virtual field practicum in a story about online programs creating new formats of learning. “The model gives students from diverse backgrounds much-needed preparation for interacting with a variety of clients. By delaying their face-to-face field experience into a following term, it also allows students in rural communities more time to find a suitable field placement following their enrollment,” she said. Yahoo! News also carried the story.

Hill blog
May 1, 2015
The Hill blog posted an opinion piece from MSW students Omar Avila, Nirali Brahmbhatt and Nataly Salas about the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015. “ERPA 2015 will hold law enforcement agencies accountable and allow for injunctive relief for those who are victims of racial profiling practices by the police. The act will not fix the tensions between communities of color and law enforcement in the U.S., but it is a step in the right direction,” they wrote.

Iowa State Daily
April 30, 2015
Iowa State Daily ran an editorial by USC School of Social Work student Jannie Heath about Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s proposal to cut poverty in half in the next 10 years. “If we can find one African-American voice per block and per neighborhood, we could exponentially increase awareness of the difficulties faced by minority populations. The same would also be true if we could find one Hispanic voice, one Asian voice, and one white voice per block and neighborhood,” she wrote.

April 29, 2015
ETR published a blog by Cary Klemmer, an MSW/PhD student at the USC School of Social Work, about the transgender health summit in San Francisco, where he presented some of the work he has done under the direction of Jeremy Goldbach of the USC School of Social Work, who was also mentioned. “In my personal experience as a health educator in HIV services, I’ve felt that the interventions and programming we’ve used were well-tailored to sexual minorities, especially gay men. But they have not been adapted as effectively to the needs and experiences of transgender people,” Klemmer wrote, emphasizing a need for more research.

Monrovia Patch
April 28, 2015
Monrovia Patch mentioned a USC School of Social Work team will monitor and evaluate a pilot program that provides mentoring and support services for pregnant and parenting transition-age foster youth exiting the Los Angeles County foster care system. Santa Clarita Valley News also carried the story.

The Chronicle of Social Change
April 27, 2015
The Chronicle of Social Change profiled Megan Healy, an alumna of the USC School of Social Work, about the training she received that prepared her to be an emergency response social worker investigator for the Department of Children and Family Services. “USC gave me the skills to be a social worker,” Healy said. “[The DCFS’ core academy] showed me how to use the skills.” The article was written by current USC MSW student Sarah Thomas as part of the Media for Policy Change course. Social Justice Solutions also carried the story.

BBC News' "Future Think"
April 27, 2015
BBC News' "Future Think" quoted Lawrence Palinkas of the USC School of Social Work about underground living spaces. He said a lack of sunlight can cause difficulty with sleep, mood and hormone function which can produce chronic diseases of different varieties. But, “timing and routine exposure to bright light that can mimic the properties of sunlight might enable people to live underground for long periods of time.”

U.S. News & World Report
April 20, 2015
U.S. News & World Report cited a study by Tamika Gilreath of the USC School of Social Work about teens from military families being at higher risk of suicidal behavior.

Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2015
Los Angeles Times featured the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, including coverage of the panel about what it's like to be black in America, highlighting Terence Fitzgerald of the USC School of Social Work, who talked about his book "Black Males and Racism: Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans." "Racism hasn’t changed. It’s just now more covert. The only difference is us and how we’ve reacted to it,” he said.

April 17, 2015
KPCC-FM (Southern California Public Radio) quoted Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC School of Social Work about the challenges in measuring the prevention of child abuse. "The classic challenge is how do you measure something that hasn't happened. We have federal measures, we have state measures, but they're really focused on what happens to kids and families once that first report to the child protection system has occurred," she said.

Health Canal
April 16, 2015
Health Canal featured research by Emily Putnam-Hornstein of the USC School of Social Work and Children’s Data Network that found 60 percent of infants in California who were reported to the child protection system for maltreatment were re-reported to CPS for suspected abuse or neglect within five years. “These data document that the child protection system is not in the position to directly serve every family that may need ongoing support,” she said. “This study underscores that we need a better understanding and coordination of available services to ensure the safety and well-being of children.” KFBK-AM/FM in Sacramento, Calif. also covered the story.

April 3, 2015
KPCC-FM (Southern California Public Radio) quoted CarolAnn Peterson of the USC School of Social Work about forcing the wife of LA Kings hockey player Slava Voynov to testify against him on felony domestic violence charges. Peterson says it’s unusual for prosecutors to force traumatized victims or victims who have reconciled with their husbands to testify. “I’ve seen some women take the stand and just not say anything,” she said.

Petoskey News
April 2, 2015
Petoskey News quoted Vern Bengtson of the USC School of Social Work on his research finding that secular households provide as solid an ethical framework as religious households. He said that upon interviewing many of these secular individuals, he learned that the atheist families tend to live their lives according to "empathetic reciprocity," which means treating one another the same way they would like to be treated.
April 1, 2015 featured an article written by Karen Lincoln of the USC School of Social Work and the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging about long-term care options for low-income seniors. She writes that home- and community-based long-term care services are on the rise for older whites and that there’s a shift away from nursing homes. However, that’s not the case for seniors of color who are more likely to reside in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities with limited options for long-term care besides nursing homes.

Men’s Health
April 1, 2015
Men’s Health quoted Sherrie Wilcox of the USC School of Social Work and Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families about the invisible wounds of war. She said some veterans may engage in violent behavior, including domestic violence and risky sexual practices.