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Evangelina Reina - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Evangelina Reina Evangelina Reina

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


Licensed Clinical Social Worker


EVANGELINA REINA has been teaching at USC since 2007 and is currently an adjunct assistant professor of social work.

A licensed clinical social worker, she serves as an assistant regional administrator for the Department of Children and Family Services, a government child welfare agency charged to investigate child abuse and neglect and facilitate services for children and families. During her 19-year tenure with DCFS, she has worked as a children’s social worker, supervising children’s social worker, children services administrator and executive assistant to the director.

Reina’s experience in child welfare includes direct services, training, program development, implementation and executive administrative support. As a children’s social worker, she represented DCFS at Stuart House, utilizing her expertise in child sexual abuse. Her first role as a supervisor involved the implementation of point of engagement, a service delivery system that resulted in positive outcomes for children and families and received national recognition. She also co-led the implementation of an innovative approach to field practice for Master of Social Work interns at DCFS. Her enthusiasm and passion has resulted in her involvement in multiple initiatives dedicated to improving child welfare outcomes.

Education (2)

University of Southern California: MSW 2002

National University: BA 1994

Areas of Expertise (7)

Family Therapy

Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Welfare

Social Work

Mental Health

Children's Social Work

Children and Families

Industry Expertise (4)

Social Services



Health and Wellness


Media Appearances (2)

Best Practices for Grief: Foster Care

SWHelper  online


'In this video interview, Evangelina E. Reina, LCSW and Adjunct Professor at USC, shares best practices for working with children and teens in foster care experiencing grief due to death, divorce, parental incarceration and parental deployment.'

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Edgar Rico Inspires Others by Defying Odds to Pursue his Dreams

Swim with Mike  online


'Adjunct Lecturer Evangelina Reina met Rico during the School of Social Work’s Community Immersion program in 2012 and immediately saw his commitment to learning and helping his peers.'

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