Dr. Aranda is an Associate Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She is a psychotherapist with 30 years of experience providing mental health services to middle-aged older adults and their families.
Her research and teaching specializations address the unique needs of middle-age and older adults with co-occurring medical and psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Aranda focuses on psychosocial intervention development, and evaluation of bilingual, evidence-based interventions on behalf of adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities in the United States.
Dr. Aranda has served on three consensus committees sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine on the geriatric workforce in mental health and substance use service sectors, family caregiving to older adults with functional limitations, and financial capacity determination among social security beneficiaries.