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John D. Clapp

John D. Clapp was appointed interim dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work on July 1, 2018, previously serving as the executive vice dean.

As a professor, Clapp is known internationally for his research and translational work in the field of alcohol problem prevention. A fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior, he is currently studying the system dynamics of drinking events with a team of engineers and computer scientists with the goal of developing “smart” real-time prevention applications. He has published more than 100 journal articles, with his work appearing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, among numerous other top research journals.

Clapp has been awarded more than $32 million in grants and contracts and has been principal investigator on over 20 funded projects. Clapp was the founding co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. As a leader in the prevention of alcohol-related problems experienced by college students, he served six years as the director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery. He also served on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council.

Clapp received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University.

Last Updated: 7/1/18