Cassandra Fatouros, LCSW, MBA is a Lecturer at USC, where she teaches in the Virtual Academic Center in the Doctor of Social Work program.
Fatouros, a leader in the behavioral health field, is dedicated to changing the ways in which vulnerable communities, particularly women and children, access and receive treatment. Prior to her work at USC, Fatouros held the position of president of program operations for Elements Behavioral Health, where she oversaw programs across nine states and was responsible for clinical programming, financial performance and employee engagement. Prior to joining Elements in 2015, Fatouros was president and CEO at Prototypes, a non-profit organization in Southern California. For nearly ten years, she successfully led the organization, building a strong fundraising and grant-writing department, developing operations to support the clinical work, and advancing public awareness and advocacy.
Fatouros began her career as a clinical social worker at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. She then transitioned into leadership and executive roles at PacifiCare Health Systems and United Behavioral Health. This vast array of experience has allowed her to understand how behavioral health treatment is financed, the government policies that impact access and the real health disparity of communities in need of physical and mental health services.
Fatouros received a bachelor’s degree in social relations from the University of California, Riverside, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and a master of business administration degree from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management. Fatouros has served on the boards of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Programs Executives, the Network for Social Work Managers, the Association of Community Human Services Organizations and on the advisory board for the Center for Leadership and Management at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University.