31 05, 2018

USC artificial intelligence center seeks to reduce military suicides

By |May 31st, 2018|Grants, Research|0 Comments

by Marc Ballon

As suicide rates among active-duty service members and veterans continue to outpace rates among the general population, researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work have joined forces to use technology to identify, as early as possible, those at risk.

The collaboration, as part of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, or USC CAIS, is believed to be one of the first of its kind to use artificial intelligence to model the strength or weakness of military personnel’s social networks to ascertain suicidal thinking, depression and anxiety. The […]

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29 03, 2018

CIR director discusses value of military social work

By |March 29th, 2018|Audio, Faculty, News|0 Comments

March is Social Work Month and Carl Castro, associate professor and director of the Military and Veterans Programs at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, discusses what makes the USC military social work program so unique and why it’s important—now more than ever—to keep building the ranks of behavioral health providers with competent individuals who can effectively treat service members, veterans and their families.


Below are some highlights from the audio:
On the importance of military social work after almost two decades of conflict:
Seventeen years. Millions of service members is what we’re talking about and we are nowhere even meeting […]

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22 02, 2018

Prudential – USO discuss importance of financial readiness for transition

By |February 22nd, 2018|Audio, Events, News|0 Comments

Earlier this month, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families held a two-day summit to discuss the issue of financial readiness for transition from military to civilian life. Experts from the financial sector, government and academia gathered to discuss the state of current programs and research. In recent years, Prudential and the USO have partnered to provide financial curriculum that can address the needs. Chuck Sevola and Jim Beamesderfer from Prudential and Kylee Durant of the USO discuss their partnership and how it is addressing a critical need.


Financial wellness in terms of transition is a very […]

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16 02, 2018

USC summit spotlights key area for veteran success: financial readiness

By |February 16th, 2018|Events, News|0 Comments

Financial wellness is essential for veterans to find success after leaving the military, but research shows many are unprepared for the new challenges of civilian life.

For many veterans, this new chapter marks the first time they’ll have to pay and budget for food, housing, insurance and more.

In an effort to address this issue, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, along with Prudential, held a two-day summit Feb. 8-9 at the Radisson Hotel at USC that brought together the expertise of individuals in the financial sector, […]

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21 11, 2017

From Our Director: This Thanksgiving, remember those still serving

By |November 21st, 2017|Director Blog|0 Comments

by Carl Castro

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s that time of year when many of us reflect on our blessings and appreciate the things we have, the people in our lives and that we are able to live freely in the United State of America. As we pause to give thanks for being able to spend quality time with those we love, let’s not forget those who are not so lucky.

There are those who have made the ultimate sacrifice dying for their country. Their families will be celebrating the holidays without their loved ones.

Let us also remember that there are still […]

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