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Elizabeth Misener - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Elizabeth Misener Elizabeth Misener

Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Adjunct Assistant Professor specializing in relationships, stress management, life-work balance, and depression


ELIZABETH MISENER joined the adjunct faculty in 2011 and teaches foundation clinical courses. As a coaching partner with the Kirwin Group, she provides telephone coaching around a wide range of issues, such as relationships, stress management, life-work balance and depression. A trained social worker, she supports individuals on their journey of self-discovery through self-reflection and goal setting. She helps her clients focus on action, and her approach is practical, encouraging and judgment-free.

Misener is on the advisory board of the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, where she offers insight and mental health support to people facing issues with CMT, one of the most commonly inherited neurological disorders. She also runs a support group for community members affected or living with someone who has the disease.

Previously, she was an assistant professor and behavioral science co-coordinator for community medicine at Albany Medical College in New York.

Education (3)

State University of New York at Albany: Ph.D. 2002

Syracuse University: M.S.W. 1998

University of Guelph, Ontario: B.A.Sc.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Social Work Education



Life-Work Balance

Stress Management

Social Work

Industry Expertise (6)

Training and Development

Mental Health Care

Health Care - Providers

Health and Wellness

Health Care - Services



Research Articles & Publications (1)

Randomized controlled trial of problem-solving therapy for minor depression in home care Research on Social Work Practice

Gellis, Z.D., McGinty, J., Misener, E. and Horowitz

2017 Data are presented from a pilot research program initiated to develop, refine, and test the outcomes of problem-solving therapy that targets the needs of older adults with minor depression in home care settings.

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