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Biddy Mason and Robynn Cox
Biddy Mason, left, was a freed slave and the fourth great-grandmother of USC assistant professor Robynn Cox, right. (Photos, from left: Courtesy of Robynn Cox; Courtesy of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work)

Social work professor reflects family legacy in criminal justice research

Robynn Cox believes her family’s history with social justice and her desire for fairness laid the groundwork for her research career at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

epigenetics and child abuse
USC researchers are studying the mental health symptoms of young adults who were abused or neglected as children as it relates to their genetic expression dealing with current stressors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Illustration/iStock)

A new approach to determining whether child abuse magnifies COVID mental health risk

The result could increase understanding of who is at greater risk in the context of the pandemic and who may benefit most from enhanced and targeted interventions.

USC social work students grant
The Primary Care Project’s goal is to train 110 MSW students from 2020 to 2025 to provide integrated and interprofessional behavioral health services in primary care settings for vulnerable populations. (Photo/Chris Shinn)

$3.25 million grant helps social work students from underserved communities

Twenty-two master’s students at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work have been selected for $30,000 scholarships through the school’s new Primary Care Project.

social work and LAPD partnership
Jennifer Avalos believes that police officers are being asked to do too much, without the proper training, and that the solution for communities involves social work assistance and collaboration. (Photo/iStock)

USC social work students and faculty impact law enforcement through internships

An initiative of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work builds partnerships with law enforcement agencies, training them on officer wellness, mental health and social work practices.

Telehealth social work mental health
Master’s-level interns at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offer therapy online to more than a hundred patients each week. (Image/Courtesy of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work)

They combat the stress and anxiety of hundreds of Californians — from their own homes

As the new coronavirus spreads across the world, the telehealth clinic at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work sees increased demand for counseling related to stress and anxiety.