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Maria Hu - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Maria Hu Maria Hu

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work Field Education | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Maria Hu's expertise focuses on the delivery of mental health services of culturally diverse populations.






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Dr. Maria Hu currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Field Education. She has spent most of her career as a Psychiatric Social Worker and a faculty member for the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Dr. Hu has extensive experience providing mental health services to culturally diverse populations. Within this capacity, she has years of experience providing individual, group and family counseling services utlitizing evidence-based practices that are culturally sensitive and resiliency trauma-informed intervention. Dr. Hu has years of experience with coordination of services, crisis/threat response and intervention, suicide prevention, trauma recovery, and resilience. Her expertise is centered around student health and wellness. She brings a wealth of wisdom to the mental health field. Dr. Hu has worked in hospitals, k-12 schools and now in Higher Education. Dr. Hu is well versed in an array of evidence-based interventions: Motivational Interviewing Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feedback Informed Treatment, Solution Focused Therapy, Managing Adaptive Practices (MAP), Trauma-Informed Practices, and Exposure Therapy . Given her expertise she is now training other clincians on the delivery and integration of evidence based practices.

In fact, Dr. Hu was is considered a certified trainer and clinician of a trauma-focused intervention. She has focused her efforts on the implementation and dissemination of this specific intervention to assist those with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorder. Earning a Doctorate in Social Work allowed Dr. Hu to focus her research on meeting the mental health needs of individuals of the BIPOC (Black, Indegious and People of Color) communities.

Dr. Hu is also expert on prevention and outreach services. She has provided numerous talks, workshops, and seminars on resilience and wellness. Her mantra is promoting student health and wellness. In fact, Dr. Hu implemented a series of workshops for staff on how to reduce stigma, how to respond to common mental health and substance use issues that can arise from the high-stress environment of college or university. She has taught self-care techniques for staying well at school. Dr. Hu has helped college students find social support networks and resources for recovery within their education community.

Education (2)

University of Southern California: Master Degree in Social Work 2006

University of Southern California: Doctorate in Social Work, Social Work 2019

Areas of Expertise (12)

Counseling in Higher Education

Wellness and Health

Individual and Group Counseling Sessions

Trauma and Recovery

Social Work

Crisis Intervention

Children, Youth and Families

Psychiatric Social Work

Social Work Education

Threat Response

Crisis Intervention - Suicide Ideation

mental health and wellness

Industry Expertise (6)

Training and Development

Health Care - Services


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers

Mental Health Care

Accomplishments (1)

Heart of Social Work Award (professional)

2015 Awarded by University of Southern California

Affiliations (1)

  • Board Director of American Council for School Social Work

Languages (1)

  • Spanish