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Leslie Wind - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Leslie Wind Leslie Wind

Clinical Associate Professor/MSW Chair, Retired | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Clinical Associate Professor focused on children, youth and families with a specialization in trauma and violence.






Teaching in an Online Graduate Program  – Leslie Wind, University of Southern California



LESLIE WIND joined in 2008 as clinical associate professor and director of the Orange County Academic Center. Previously, Wind was an assistant professor and chair of the children, youth and families specialization and subspecialty in trauma and violence at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College. She also directed the Massachusetts Coalition of Child and Family Disaster Mental Health Education, a statewide interdisciplinary training in disaster mental health research conducted in collaboration with the Terrorism and Disaster Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Wind has also been on faculty at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her academic career, she was a clinical social worker for 18 years, working in private practice, two rape centers, a child and family mental health agency, and a residential treatment facility.

Education (3)

University of Southern California: Ph.D., Social Work 2003

University of California, Los Angeles: M.S.W. 1988

California State University, Northdridge: B.A. 1985

Areas of Expertise (8)

Social Work Education

Community Outreach

Program Development


Children, Youth and Families


Program Evaluation

Social Work

Industry Expertise (6)

Training and Development

Health Care - Services


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers

Mental Health Care

Accomplishments (2)

Outstanding Contributions to Education Award (professional)

2012 Orange County Department of Education

Best Publication in Diversity (professional)

2000 Awarded for article "Diversity, inclusion, and commitment in organizations: International empirical explorations" by Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Conference in San Diego, CA.


Media Appearances (1)

Social worker honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

USC News  


Leslie Wind, clinical associate professor and associate dean of academic programs at the USC School of Social Work, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from a California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for decades of work dedicated to improving lives in the United States (...)

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Research Articles & Publications (5)

Children's Coping in the Context of Disasters and Terrorism

International Perspectives on Stress & Coping

Betty Pfefferbaum , Mary A. Noffsinger , Leslie H. Wind, James R. Allen

2014 Disasters and terrorism present significant and often overwhelming challenges for children and families worldwide. Individual, family, and social factors influence disaster reactions and the diverse ways in which children cope. This article links conceptualizations of stress and coping to empirical knowledge of children's disaster reactions, identifies limitations in our current understanding, and suggests areas for future study of disaster coping.

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Survivors' Perspectives on the Impact of Clergy Sexual Abuse on Families of Origin

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Leslie H. Wind , James M. Sullivan, and Daniel J. Levins

2008 Clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse rose to public attention in 2002 through the disclosure of abuse by Catholic priests within the Archdiocese of Boston and a simultaneous cover-up by church hierarchy. Similar patterns have since been described in other Catholic dioceses and in other faith denominations. While recent studies have examined the impact of such abuse on adult survivors, little is known about the impact on their families of origin.

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The Challenge of Workforce Management in a Global Society

Administration in Social Work

Liora Findler, Leslie H. Wind, and Michálle E Mor Barak

2007 Social work managers are increasingly challenged by the growing need to effectively manage workforce diversity and to create a welcoming and inclusive organizational environment. This is particularly important in light of the disproportional representation of women and members of minority groups in human service organizations and the gap between diversity of the client population versus the diversity of the staff. With social identity theory and inclusion-exclusion conceptual framework as a backdrop, this study tests a comprehensive theory-based model of the relationship between diversity, organizational culture, and employee outcomes.

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Adoption Preparation

Adoption Quarterly

Leslie H. Wind, Devon Brooks, and Richard P. Barth

2005 A sizable proportion of special needs adoptions result in a disruption/dissolution or a displacement. Researchers emphasize the importance of comprehensive preparation to support adoption adjustment. This article examines the differential receipt of preparatory services based upon child and family characteristics and the child's risk history.

Cross-cultural Aspects Of Diversity And Well-being In The Workplace: An International Perspective

Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation

Michàl E. Mor Barak, Liora Findler, and Leslie H. Wind

2003 Worldwide, both overt and covert discrimination against minorities in the workplace are pervasive. The social work profession has long been concerned with social justice as it pertains to diversity and the inequitable treatment of disadvantaged groups. The premise of this study is that individuals from diverse backgrounds experience greater exclusion, more job stress, less social support, and a sense of unfair treatment, all of which lead to reduced job satisfaction and, ultimately, a significantly poorer sense of well-being in comparison to those in the mainstream. The study utilizes data from two high-tech companies, in California and Israel, sharing similar organizational cultures, thus providing the opportunity to explore intergroup organizational relations in both individualistic and collectivistic cultures.