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Nadia Islam - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Nadia Islam Nadia Islam

Associate Professor of Clinical Practice Social Work Dept. of Social Change and Innovation | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Nadia Islam co-chairs the professional Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program.


NADIA ISLAM has served as Co-Chair of the professional Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program since 2018. As a member of the original faculty work group designing the DSW@USC, she spearheaded the development of curricula for innovation laboratory courses.

Dr. Islam joined the SDPSSW in early 2012 as part of the team charged to launch Telehealth, a virtual outpatient behavioral health clinic. As Clinical Director, she led clinical and administrative operations for virtual tele-mental health services. She developed and directed a rigorous six-week training curriculum consisting of online modules, live didactic sessions and role-plays. The curriculum also included observations by licensed clinical social work supervisors/field instructors to develop Master of Social Work interns’ skills in biopsychosocial assessment, diagnostic formulation, treatment planning, documentation, suicide/homicide risk assessment and cultural sensitivity to special populations within a virtual practice setting. She led an experienced and talented team of licensed, clinical faculty who recruits and teaches MSW students.

Prior to returning to USC, she served as a clinical director with organizations working on behalf of people who have experienced intimate partner violence and sex or labor trafficking, managing emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, outpatient therapeutic services, and community education and outreach activities. Her dissertation research explored the development of psychological empowerment among women who had experienced intimate partner violence.

She is licensed as a clinical social worker in the state of California.

Education (3)

University of Southern California: Ph.D. 2009

Columbia University: M.S. 2003

Wellesley College: B.A. 2001

Areas of Expertise (5)

Treatment Planning

Clinical Operations

Social Work

Virtual Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic

Diagnostic Formulation

Industry Expertise (4)

Social Services



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