Should I Pursue a PhD in Social Work?
“The training that occurs in PhD programs in any field is often about faculty mentorship and scholarship opportunities as much as it is about the actual coursework,” says Michael Hurlburt, associate professor and director of our PhD program.
Addressing the Epidemic of Suicide Among Men—and the Myth of Impulsive Suicide
“The most important thing that we can do is create the space for our friends and family to feel comfortable expressing vulnerability,” says Susan T. Lindau, adjunct professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Our latest article on the blog explores the social and cultural factors that contribute to the prevalence of suicide among men—and a few tactics for helping friends and family who may be struggling with mental illness. Click through to read more.
Are You Sure More Than Half of LGBTQ Youth Have an Eating Disorder? Because Science Says Otherwise
Jeremy Goldbach is director of the USC LGBT Health Equity Initiative at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The initiative leads scientific inquiry into the physical, emotional and social health of LGBT youth, adults and families, and guides best practices for achieving health equity for this population.
USC professor and LCSW Jessica Klein weighs in on stalking in the age of social media
Unwanted phone calls or texts? Threats of violence or blackmail? If this sounds familiar, you might be a victim of stalking. Whether in person or on the internet, being stalked is a uniquely terrifying and isolating experience. Victims may be afraid to report their stalker out of fear of retaliation, or be unsure where the dividing line falls between innocent behavior and obsessive, potentially dangerous tendencies. But the more we talk about this behavior, the more we can do to stop it.
Practicing Mindfulness Can Help Latinas Buy Healthier Foods
A new study shows that Latinas exposed to mindfulness-inspired practices tend to choose and buy more healthy items and are more likely to use a preplanned shopping list.
Bay Area Veterans in Bad Shape: Many are Jobless, Homeless, Depressed or Suicidal
Most service members leaving the military and returning to the Bay Area aren’t prepared for the transition home according to a new study from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Advancing the Science on LGBT Health
A population that has received far too little attention from researchers is emerging from the shadows thanks to a new initiative at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Peers Empower Peers Living with Mental Illness to Better Health and Longer Lives
A new model of care holds promise in improving the physical health of people with mental illness reports a USC study, published in Schizophrenia Research.
Communities Offer Pathways to Health Equity
A new report contends that social inequities that lead to problems like poverty, a lack of jobs, inadequate housing and discrimination are to blame for the nation’s poor health.