The Human Psychology of Crisis Recovery
Dr. Marleen Wong is one of the foremost experts in post-crisis psychological recovery. She is Associate Dean, Clinical Professor and Director of Field Education at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work. She was director of mental health services, crisis intervention and suicide prevention in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). She partnered with RAND Health and the UCLA Health Services Research Center to assess violence exposure and the prevalence of PTSD and depression among school age children, leading to the development of the evidence based intervention entitled “CBITS” – the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools. The White House calls Dr. Wong one of the “pre-eminent experts in school crisis and recovery”. She has helped developed mental health recovery programs, crisis and disaster training for school districts, law enforcement and Department of Defense personnel in the United States and globally. Dr. Wong is a frequent a consultant for the US Department of Education. She has been a participant and speaker at the White House and National Town Hall Meetings on School Safety and Violence Prevention with numerous administrations. Dr. Wong’s awards include the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission’s
Personal Legacy Award, the National Education Association (NEA) tribute to the
Power of Community Heroes, a Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute
Caregiver’s Program Award, a Woman of Distinction Award from the Los Angeles City Council and the International Soroptomists, and a
Special Service Award from the Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. The
Marleen Wong School Crisis Intervention Award is given annually to an outstanding school social worker, school psychologist or counselor by the Friends of School Mental Health. Dr. Wong served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, where she was a member on the Institute of Medicine Committee that prepared the National Academy of Sciences Publication
Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism. She co-edited and co-authored school safety books for the Jane’s Information Group, and authored the US Department of Justice COPS in Schools curriculum on Mental Health Intervention and Crisis Recovery. Dr. Wong is Principal Investigator for national grants funded by several federal agencies, and is an appointed member of numerous committees on children’s mental health. She holds a BA from California State University, an MSW from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from The Sanville Institute.