Wendy Smith

Expert in transition age youth and the effects of child abuse and neglect

Clinical Associate Professor

Associate Dean, Faculty Development

USC School of Social Work


  • transition age youth
  • foster youth
  • effects of child abuse and neglect
  • mental health
  • psychotherapy
  • couples counseling
  • faculty mentoring
  • faculty orientation
  • virtual faculty mentoring
  • adjunct faculty development
  • clinical faculty mentoring

Additional Information

  • licensed clinical social worker
  • licensed marriage & family therapist
  • board certified clinical social worker
  • Phi Beta Kappa, English literature
  • board member, National Foster Youth Institute, United Friends of the Children, and Venice Family Clinic
  • advisory committee, Children’s Rights Division and Human Rights Watch
  • Nancy Daly Founder’s Award, United Friends of the Children
  • USC Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • George D. Nickel Award for Outstanding Professional Service in Social Work
  • community partnership award, LA County Department of Children & Family Services
  • author: “Youth Leaving Foster Care: A developmental, relationship-based approach to practice.”
  • chair, Credentialing & Compliance Committee and USCTelehealth

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