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Suzanne Wenzel

Suzanne Wenzel

Suzanne Wenzel was appointed interim dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, effective July 1, 2019. She holds the Richard and Ann Thor Professorship in Urban Social Development and serves as chair of the school’s Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness, conducting interdisciplinary research that seeks to better understand and address the health-related needs of vulnerable populations, particularly individuals who experience homelessness.

As the principal investigator on 10 grants from the National Institutes of Health, Wenzel’s research has included studies of the social context of risk for substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among men, women, and youth experiencing homelessness; a study addressing the association of trauma with substance use and HIV/AIDS risk among women; adaptations of evidence-based programs to address HIV risk, victimization by violence and post-traumatic stress among women; and efforts to understand and address health equity among formerly homeless persons transitioning into permanent supportive housing. She organized a Los Angeles County-wide forum on the topic of integrated care and housing for persons experiencing homelessness, participates in national and regional conferences on efforts to prevent homelessness, and has served on peer review or consensus panels for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Wenzel received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.

Last Updated: 09/26/19