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Suh Chen Hsiao - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Suh Chen Hsiao Suh Chen Hsiao

Clinical Associate Professor & Associate Director, Field Education | USC


Expertise in behavioral health, interprofessional education, trauma work, global social work education, and administration.


Dr. Suh Chen Hsiao, a Taiwanese Native, is a USC MSW alumna of 1990 specialized in health concentration. She is the Clinical Associate Professor with Department of Adult Mental Health & Wellness and serves as the Associate Director for Field Education.
Prior to her joining USC in 2010, she worked as a clinician, supervisor and manager in a wide range of community settings for twenty years. These included inpatient medical, home health, adult day health, inpatient and outpatient mental health, and K-12 school settings.
During her tenure with Los Angeles Unified School District (2000-2010), she was the administrator of School Mental Health Unit where she coordinated the District school-based program and established the San Pedro Clinic under the LACDMH Medi-Cal Rehabilitation guideline. She implemented several evidenced-based practices such as “Second Step”, “Why Try”, “Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools”, “Back in Control” and “Taking Charge” and supervised over 54 MSW/MFT interns from USC, UCLA, CSUDH, CSULB and Loyola Marymount University including taking on the first USC military student in 2008.
In her current administrative role, she oversees 5,000+ field placements and supports students, faculty and community partners in creating meaningful field experiences that meet the Council of Social Work Education 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. She has been a part of the Geriatric Interprofessional education consortium developed by Keck School of Medicine in collaboration with other health disciplines (OT, PT, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physician Assistant) and provides students with IPE experiential learning.
Her passion and commitment to develop Global Social Work program made significant contributions through Council Social Work Education China/US initiative. She facilitated several immersions programs as well as international academic exchange. Her research interests are with childhood trauma, immigrant older adults & their caregivers, MSW students’ learning outcome, behavioral health and interprofessional collaboration.
Dr. Hsiao is the Principal Investigation for HRSA Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students: The Primary Care Project (2020-2025): A national workforce program for social work students committed to behavioral health in primary care in medically underserved communities (MUCs). She also contributes to two USC HRSA BHWET and OWEP-funded programs: West Coast Project and Coast to Coast Project.

Education (4)

Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan): Bachelor of Art, German Literature and Philosophy 1987

University of Southern California: Master of Social Work, Health Concentration 1990

California State University, Dominguez Hills: Master of Art, Education/Administrative Credential 2006

University of Southern California - Price School of Public Policy: Doctor of Policy, Planning and Development, Price School of Public Policy 2018

Areas of Expertise (14)

Clinical Supervision

K-12 School Leadership and Administration

Geriatric Care

Adults and Healthy Aging

Psychiatric Social Work

Social Services

Social Work

Social Work Education

Community Outreach

Team Leadership

Program Development

Trauma and PTSD in Youth

Children, Youth and Families

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Industry Expertise (6)

Training and Development

Health Care - Services

Health and Wellness

Mental Health Care

Health Care - Providers


Affiliations (4)

  • 1993 Academic Certified Social Worker (NASW-ACSW)
  • 1994 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA-LCSW)
  • 2003 Pupil Personnel Services Credential (CA-PPSC)
  • 2006 Certificate of Eligibility Administrative Service Credential (CA)

Languages (1)

  • Mandarin & Taiwanese