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R. Paul Maiden - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

R. Paul Maiden R. Paul Maiden

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


Dr Maiden joined the school’s Virtual Academic Center as a full time teaching faculty in 2017 teaching in both the DSW and MSW programs.



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Dr Maiden joined the school’s Virtual Academic Center as a full time teaching faculty in August 2017 teaching in both the DSW and MSW programs. Prior to his ‘migration to the clouds,’ from 2010-17, Dr Maiden served as Executive Vice Dean and Professor with operational responsibility for a top-ranked, and the largest graduate school of social work in the United States, with 3,200 MSW students in five academic centers. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Social Change and Innovation. He spearheaded the development of the school’s military social work, created the San Diego Academic Center, expanded the school's annual global immersion offerings and led the development of the school's Virtual Academic Center, the first fully synchronous and asynchronous web-based MSW program serving a national and international student population. He also lead the development of the DSW, a professional doctorate in Innovation, Leadership and Advanced Social Work Practice Management Complex Systems.

Dr. Maiden brings 30 years of expertise to the field of workplace human services. He was Editor-in-Chief (2000-2015) of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, the only peer-reviewed journal in employee assistance research and practice. Dr. Maiden has published extensively in the areas of employee assistance programs, substance abuse and workplace legislation, trauma management, as well as the evaluation of work-based human services, AIDS in the workplace, alcohol abuse and domestic violence at work, and managed behavioral health care. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters on employee assistance, workplace behavioral health, occupational social work and international program development.

Education (3)

University of Maryland: PhD, Social Work 1995

University of Tennessee: MSSW, Social Work 1980

Angelo State University: BA, Communications and Psychology 1978

Areas of Expertise (8)

Technology Enhanced and Online Learning


Workplace Trauma


Higher Education

Substance Abuse

Managed Care

Employee Assistance, Work/Life and Wellness

Industry Expertise (3)

Mental Health Care


Health and Wellness

Accomplishments (2)

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award (professional)

Employee Assistance Professionals Association

2015 Outstanding Leadership in the Profession (professional)

Employee Assistance Society of North America

Affiliations (4)

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Society for Social Work Research
  • Employee Assistance Professional Association


Media Appearances (4)

USC sets out to build social work program in China

USC News  online


The multiyear project, led by School of Social Work Executive Vice Dean R. Paul Maiden and Research Assistant Professor Hsinyi (Cindy) Hsiao, as well as Suh Chen Hsiao, includes faculty visits to and from BNU, with USC faculty teaching intensive foundation and advanced department courses in China. Hsinyi Hsiao has been instrumental in creating faculty training programs for both BNU and USC professors that include lessons on cultural differences between the East and West. “As a profession, social work is still emerging. The field is fragmented, and MSW programs are not necessarily designed by social workers. Many people think you can just ‘do’ social work. They don’t understand that professional social work is a defined set of theories, concepts and skills applied in a community setting,” Maiden said. “Our goal is to bring professional social work practice and the heart and soul of social work to China.”

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Shape narratives, advance social justice

USC News  online


In addition, as part of this year’s forum, the students hosted an academic poster competition which was judged by a faculty panel that included USC Price professors LaVonna Lewis, Gary Painter, Annette Kim and Social Work Vice Dean Paul Maiden.

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USC offers first MSW program within family services agency

USC News  online


“This is our first community partnership of ‘embedding’ our MSW program in an agency,” said Paul Maiden, executive vice dean at the USC School of Social Work, who spoke at Seneca’s kickoff celebration in April. “These types of partnerships are enormously important employee retention opportunities for agencies that are investing in their human capital.”

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Vice Dean R. Paul Maiden Appointed Journal Reviewer

USC News  online


R. Paul Maiden, vice dean of the USC School of Social Work, has been appointed a reviewer of the Journal of Social Work Education, one of the most well-respected peer-reviewed journals in the profession of social work. “I am pleased to have been invited to serve as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Education,” Maiden said. “Having been editor of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health for the past 13 years, I appreciate the importance of the peer review process in selecting the most relevant and scientifically rigorous works to present to social work educators.”

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Research Articles & Publications (3)

A Retrospective of Employee Assistance Consortia

Employee Assistance Quarterly

R. Paul Maiden PhD

2008 Employee Assistance Programs have been adopted by many larger work organizations. However, the vast majority of the American workforce is employed by small businesses, many of which do not offer an EAP to their employees. Consortium development has been shown to be a viable strategy to bring EAP service to small businesses. This article reviews the emergence of the consortium concept, gives a developmental history of several of the more successful EAP consortia that have been operating for a number of years, and discusses some of the pitfalls of consortium development. A case study of five years of development and operation of a consortium established in Illinois is also presented. It concludes with issues to consider when developing an EAP consortium.

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Managing the Trauma of Community Violence and Workplace Accidents in South Africa

Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health

R. Paul Maiden & Lourens Terblanche

2008 Community violence that spills over to the workplace is substantially impacting the quality of work/life in South Africa. Gold mining is one of the country's leading industries and also one of the most dangerous. Internal and external employee assistance programs are well represented in South Africa and are helping employees deal with the economic and psychological fall-out of community violence and work related accidents.

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Managing trauma in the South African mining industry

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

Maiden RP

2005 Deep sub-surface mining is one of South Africa s leading industries. It is also one of the most dangerous. While safety is maintained as much as possible to minimize cave-ins and other accidents, underground tremors and earthquakes are commonplace and unpredictable and usually involve life threatening injuries and loss of life. Crisis intervention and trauma management are essential to helping workers cope with mining accidents. This article describes the trauma management program developed by the employee assistance program at the Chamber of Mines in South Africa to respond to workplace accidents.

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