Estela Andujo

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Children, Youth & Families
  • USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work

Expertise Summary

Expert on diversity and clinical practice, and creative interventions combined with evidence-based practice models


  • Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice with Children & Adolescents
  • Mental Health Challenges in Latinix populations-Children, youth & families
  • Assessment and diagnosis of Latinix children, adolescents and families- mental health
  • Child and family psychotherapy
  • Trainer for Mental health agencies and Public Child Welfare workers
  • Professional development expert for licensed clinical social workers
  • Use of expressive arts to assist with trauma resolutions
  • Academic pedagogy- Graduate students
  • Online teaching


  • English
  • Spanish

Additional Information

Dr. Andujo is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak- Peck, School of Social Work. She is a member of the USC Children Youth and Family Department where she teaches behavioral mental health theory and clinical practice courses. Dr. Andujo is a widely recognized expert and trainer on child and family psychotherapy and regularly speaks, coaches, and trains on topics related to clinical practice such as DSM 5, Clinical Supervision, LCSW Licensure, Law & Ethics, Gender & Gender Nonconforming Children and Trauma-informed Practices via the use of Sensory based techniques. She has expertise in integrating expressive arts and play therapy with children, adolescents and their families in clinical settings.

Dr. Andujo maintains a clinical affiliation with varied mental health facilities in Los Angeles county, having worked in a variety of capacities with children, adolescents and their families involved in the mental health system, as clinical therapist, clinical supervisor and clinical program director. Dr. Andujo’s clinical work and research has focused on mental health challenges and clinical practice with children, adolescents and their families.

As a Faculty Mentor, Dr. Andujo has provided professional supervision for Social Work Students/Interns in their role as Navigators in the Multidisciplinary Stop Diabetes in its Tracks program in Pomona. In that capacity she participates as a member of the Navigation Task Force assisting with planning and coordination of the project.