News Releases

July 22nd, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: U.S. Court of Appeals upholds challenge to Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies

How will the ruling affect younger insurance buyers? How will it impact state exchanges? Contact: Sadena Thevarajah at (443) 621-4231 or Dana Goldman, Director of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, is an expert in health care reform, health economics and the Affordable Care Act. He can discuss how ACA health […]

July 22nd, 2014

Are State Medicaid Policies Sentencing People with Mental Illnesses to Prison?

Contact: Sadena Thevarajah at (213) 821-7978 or; or Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals. The study comes amid media scrutiny over whether cutbacks in mental health actually save money, […]

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July 21st, 2014

Study Offers New Clues About the Source of Racial Health Disparities

Black women are less likely to utilize health care than White women. Why? Contact: Robert Perkins at (213) 740-9226 or A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at USC and Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has found evidence that the persistent health disparities across race may, in part, be related to anxiety about being confronted by negative […]

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July 17th, 2014

Source Alert: Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine

Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or How will the downed plane affect Ukraine’s political crisis? Robert English, Director of the USC School of International Relations, is an expert on Ukraine and the politics of Russia and former Soviet states. He can comment on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russia’s stance toward the west, […]

July 16th, 2014

Virtual humans inspire patients to open up, USC study suggests

The research holds promise for people with mental health issues, says social psychologist Contact: Tanya Abrams at or (213)-740-6973; Orli Belman at or (310) 301-5006 A new USC study suggests that patients are more willing to disclose personal information to virtual humans than actual ones, in large part because computers lack the proclivity […]

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July 14th, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: USC experts on the border crisis

Does increased border security really make a difference? What kicked off the crisis? What are the longterm psychological effects of migrating as a child? Contact: Andrew Good at 213-740-8606 or Strong border security isn’t enough Emily Ryo, Assistant Professor of Law & Sociology at the USC Gould School of Law, is an expert in […]

July 11th, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Eric Garcetti Keynote Unite for Veterans Summit

Summit on July 16 gathers local, state and federal stakeholders to highlight efforts to help veterans after their service Media contact and RSVP: Jennifer Conway at (978) 463-0289 or **All media must RSVP by TUESDAY, JULY 15 BY 10AM PST to attend and will receive specific instructions for security clearance and credentials.** WHAT: Unite […]

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July 1st, 2014

SOURCE ALERT: The questionable ethics (and conclusions) of Facebook’s emotion manipulation study

Experts can comment on the challenges of doing research in the digital age, as well as raising questions about the conclusions of Facebook’s study. Contact: Andrew Good at (213) 740-8606 or Conclusions go “way beyond the data” Karen North, Director of the USC Annenberg School’s Program on Online Communities, is an expert in social […]

June 30th, 2014

Tweens and teens who receive sexts are 6 times more likely to report having had sex

Study shows that middle school students who send more than 100 texts a day are also more likely to be sexually active Contact: Suzanne Wu at or (213) 503-3410; Tanya Abrams at or (213) 740-6973 LOS ANGELES — A study from USC researchers provides new understanding of the relationship between “sexting” and sexual […]

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June 26th, 2014

Poll: Calif. voters reject tenure, layoff rules for public school teachers

PACE/USC Rossier Poll also shows voters have soured on Common Core despite increased awareness Contact: Merrill Balassone at or (213) 509-7805 LOS ANGELES – June 26, 2014 – A strong majority of California voters oppose the state’s tenure and layoff policies for public school teachers, according to a new poll released just days after […]

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