BIANCA HARPER is a clinical assistant professor. A licensed clinical social worker, she has worked with children, adolescents and families affected by child sexual abuse. She has direct practice experience in psychotherapy, child forensic interviewing, family advocacy, crisis counseling and school social work. She has also worked in special education and early childhood development.
Harper teaches human behavior and advanced social work practice with children, youth and families. Prior to joining USC, she taught in the Master of Social Work programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Rutgers University. Her research interests include child maltreatment, interpersonal violence, traumatic stress, trauma informed treatment and pedagogy.
She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and her dissertation examined family reunification after sibling sexual abuse.
University of Pennsylvania: D.S.W. 2012
Arizona State University: M.S.W. 2004
Arizona State University: B.S. 2000
Areas of Expertise (8)
Social Work Education
Children, Youth and Families
School Social Work
Industry Expertise (5)
Mental Health Care
Health Care - Services
Health and Wellness
Health Care - Providers
Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee (professional)
Nominated at University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice
DSW Commencement Speaker (professional)
University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice
Articles & Publications (1)
Cavanaugh, C.E., Harper, B., Classen, C.C., Palesh, O.G., Koopman, C., & Spiegel, D.
Child sexual abuse has been associated with a number of problems affecting women over their lifespan, including difficulties with parenting. However, there is a modest number of qualitative studies examining the impact of child sexual abuse on survivors who are mothers. There is a particular need for qualitative investigations that ask survivors who are mothers general questions about the impact of child sexual abuse on their lives rather than those that specifically ask about the impact of child sexual abuse on parenting.