In the Media

Northwest Prime Time
October 1, 2015
Northwest Prime Time quoted Karen Lincoln of the USC School of Social Work, who delivered the conference keynote at the annual Elder Friendly Futures Conference, co-presented by the University of Washington Schools of Nursing and Social Work. “The aging population is more racially and ethnically diverse than any senior population before, and more people will have fewer resources than ever before,” she said.

U.S. News & World Report
October 2, 2015
U.S. News & World Report quoted USC School of Social Work student Monte Ostrander, founder of Tree of Life and Family Residential Care in San Diego, about how nursing homes are working to shed old stereotypes. He said he embraces more non-traditional methods of care. "I think we're missing the boat by focusing on Western ideals. I think a holistic approach is the next obvious move," he says, adding that when his facilities began serving meals based on local, non-GMO foods, residents reported feeling better, something he attributes to them eating better.

SI&A Cabinet Report
October 5, 2015
SI&A Cabinet Report quoted David Schonfeld of the USC School of Social Work about creating a supportive environment in the wake of school tragedies. “We have to make sure that as we encourage teachers to be supportive and consider more broadly the variables that impact children’s ability to learn and deal with their emotions in a healthy way, they have ready access to people who can help the child further,” he said.

October 8, 2015
KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) quoted mentioned research the USC School of Social Work is conducting with UCLA to study the unique challenges gay, lesbian and transgender service members face in the military.

The Sheridan Sun
October 14, 2015
The Sheridan Sun quoted CarolAnn Peterson of the USC School of Social Work about the signs of domestic violence. “Pay attention to what they say and their body language. Many simple signs can be overlooked. It’s a pattern of abusive behavior from one partner to another. It can be psychological, physical, or economical,” she said.

The Chronicle of Social Change
October 14, 2015
The Chronicle of Social Change featured a data visualization tool created by Jacquelyn McCroskey of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues from the Children’s Data Network that measures the well-being of children, families and communities in Los Angeles County. "Our goal is to create new pathways to strengthen children and families in Los Angeles," she said.

The Daily Breeze
October 18, 2015
The Daily Breeze mentioned Francisco Hernandez was accepted into the USC School of Social Work but has deferred his course work for a year as he waits for his work permit approval under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which makes him eligible to apply for federal aid.

California Healthline
October 19, 2015
California Healthline quoted Karen Lincoln of the Advocates for African American Elders at USC's Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging about a new preventative health program targeting African Americans in South Los Angeles. "African-Americans have a higher biological age relative to chronological age when compared to any other group," she said. "That means their age is more associated with age-related illness, both fatal and non-fatal, even when we consider health behaviors."

October 20, 2015
Vice quoted Marleen Wong of the USC School of Social Work in an article about childhood trauma as a result of growing up in Compton. "Everything we used to know about trauma's impact on the brain was based on people coming back from wars," she said. "But now we are seeing studies coming out of gang-impacted and violent neighborhoods, as well as studies looking at trauma after school shootings — and what we are seeing is devastating." Ron Astor was also quoted about the approach of suing the Compton Unified School District. "I'm just not so sure about this tactic of suing schools," he said. "It makes them defensive and doesn't necessarily lead to positive change."

Air Force Space Command
October 20, 2015
Air Force Space Command mentioned the addition of interns from the USC School of Social Work master’s program, who provide services and referrals to military personnel, veterans and their families as part of their required field work.  The story also quoted Michael Johnson of the USC School of Social Work, who coordinated the field placement. "This opportunity not only provides an understanding of military culture and the commitment that is made by the men and women of the armed forces as well as the sacrifices of their families, but it also gives the USC School of Social Work an opportunity to give back to this great community of Americans," he said.

Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2015
Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Peterson of the USC School of Social Work about a protest of proposed luxury apartments in Costa Mesa. "We're here to support affordable housing for everybody," he said.

Co.Exist (Fast Company)
October 22, 2015
Co.Exist (Fast Company) published an opinion piece by Howell Malham Jr. of GreenHouse that ponders the role of human nature in perpetuating social justices like poverty. The article mentions he and his company are Innovators in Residence at the USC School of Social Work.

October 26, 2015
NASA TV interviewed Larry Palinkas about his research on communication delays in space to and from the international space station. “We’re attempting to identify countermeasures or strategies to perhaps reduce some of the potentially negative aspects of not getting information in a timely fashion. How do we prepare individuals or how do we prepare groups to do that will be one of the most important implications from the research we’re doing on the space station,” he said.

Neon Tommy
October 27, 2015
Neon Tommy published an op-ed by USC School of Social Work students Stephanie Jo Marchese and Breanna Davidson about the lack of interest from the USC School of Social Work administration and student body to visibly support the Living Wage Movement on the USC campus and surrounding University Park community. Professors Bruce Jansson and Alice Cepeda were acknowledged for their ideas on community activism.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 28, 2015
The Cleveland Plain Dealer cited research by Tamika Gilreath of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues that found marijuana use among high school students has declined over the last 15 years.

San Diego Union-Tribune
October 30, 2015
The San Diego Union Tribune published an op-ed by USC School of Social Work student Robert Hill on the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would expand funding to accommodate the growing number of seniors.  “Because this act focuses on prevention, it saves millions of dollars that would otherwise end up being spent on treatment in Medicare and Medicaid. It’s an investment with immediate rewards,” he wrote.

The Chronicles of Social Change
September 21, 2015
The Chronicle of Social Change quoted Wendy Smith of the USC School of Social Work about a preliminary report from the Commission for Children and Families that cites “alarming” increases of foster kids in Los Angeles County’s two intake facilities. “We saw an opportunity for the county to take this next three years to begin planning and hopefully implementing better policies for children entering care. Resources are going to be invested one way or another,” said Smith, who is a member of the commission responsible for the report. “We hope some of the smaller pieces of our recommendations might be taken up more quickly because they can make a difference in the lives of kids in the short term.” Witness LA also carried the story.

Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2015
Los Angeles Times cited research by Eric Rice of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues on the relationship between high school students sexting and being sexually active, as part of a story about Los Angeles Unified School District’s new campaign against sexting.

Dallas Morning News
September 23, 2015
Dallas Morning News quoted Carl Castro of the USC School of Social Work about how the peer-review process guides federal funding for veterans research. “Poor studies are funded when you subvert the peer review process,” he said.

Public Counsel
September 28, 2015
Public Counsel quoted Suzanne Wenzel of the USC School of Social Work about a legal action that seeks to force Los Angeles County jails to end discrimination against mentally disabled homeless former inmates. "Imagine the disorientation being released from jail in the middle of the night with no meds, no help, and no home. Now imagine how much more challenging that can be with untreated mental illness," she said. "It's especially devastating when we know what the solutions are—warm handoffs to service providers, who can help mentally disabled people navigate the complex system of services—and yet we choose not to ensure these best practices are in place and used consistently."