Shannon Denise Dunn
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social Work: Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2020
USC School of Social Work: Center on Excellence for Teaching Leadership Fellowship, 2019
USC School of Social Work: Faculty Recognition for Outstanding Integration of LGBTQ Issues into the Classroom, 2010-2011
USC School of Social Work: Jane Addams Award for Student Mentoring, 2009-2015
USC School of Social Work: Jane Addams Award for Professional Leadership, 2008
Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work: Most Outstanding Teacher Award Nomination,, 2003
Dominican University of Chicago School of Social Work : Most Outstanding Teacher Award Nomination, 2002-2003
Loyola University of Chicago: Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, 2000
The Reality of Diversity, Gender, & Skin Color: From the Living Room to the Classroom 2020; 448. . View in PubMed
Healing the Distress of Psychosis: Listening with Psychotic Ears 2018; 386. . View in PubMed
An ecosystemic perspective in the treatment of posttraumatic stress and substance use disorders in Veterans Journal of Social Work Practice in the AddictionsSpecial IssueMilitary Veterans. 2012. . View in PubMed
She has 23 years of experience teaching foundational and advanced mental health clinical courses in the in Master of Social Work programs in Los Angeles and Chicago and law and ethics for mental health providers in USC’s MFT program.
She received her Bachelor of Science from The University of Evansville (1988) and both her MSW (1993) and PhD (2002) in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago.
Dr. Dunn enjoys practicing and teaching principles of the Recovery Model and strengths-based social work. She uses a variety of evidence-based practices in her clinical work including DBT, EMDR, CBT, Interpersonal Theory, Expressive Art Therapy, Problem-solving Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. She is an LGBTQ+ and trauma informed. She is sensitive to a variety of cultures from which people identify. She works closely with Psychiatrists and other providers to insure comprehensive care for her clients. Her courses are guided by learner-centered teaching methods coupled with multimedia technology, expert guest speakers and field trips. In 2008, Dr. Dunn received the USC School of Social Work’s Jane Addams Teacher of the Year Award.