Clinical Professor of Social Work
Dr. Katz is a Clinical Professor of Social Work at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. For 24 years, she was the Co-Director of the USC Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center and a Professor of Clinical Gerontology at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Her research interests include: interprofessional education, aging in prison, HIV/AIDS and older adults, women’s issues and aging, caregiver stress, and counseling older adults.
Dr. Katz is currently the lead faculty for the Student Senior Partnership Program (SSPP). One of four programs funded by HRSA under the title of “Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program” to develop a comprehensive interprofessional geriatric primary care-based assessment and training program with an emphasis on training and team-based care. The purpose of SSPP is for students to develop interprofessional skills, connect with seniors in the community, and broaden their understanding of healthy aging. Dr. Katz also supervised the “Healing Squad,” a program that provided social work interns a rare opportunity to go inside a state prison and work in a therapeutic environment with elderly female inmates, a much neglected and vulnerable population. She is also a part of a multi-disciplinary team called CREATE that works to develop systematic approaches to focus on criminal justice issues and incorporates many factors such as mental illness and aging.
In 2017, she was awarded Fellow status by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. Fellowship — the highest class of membership — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology. In 2011, Dr. Katz received The Rose Dobrof Award designed to recognize authors of articles published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work that are methodologically rigorous, demonstrate strong innovation, and show a great impact on gerontological social work practice. In 2012, she received the Master Field Instruction Award, awarded by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in recognition of excellence in field education, outstanding leadership and special contributions to the field of social work. In 2013, she received the Heart of Social Work Award for providing outstanding, innovative service to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, through field education, collaboration, and teaching.