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    Helen M Land, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor of Social Work
    SchoolSchool of Social Work
    DepartmentSocial Work
    AddressMRF 335
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-0411
    Phone+1 213 740 0299
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      Prior to joining the USC faculty in 1983, Helen Land was a psychiatric social worker and in-service coordinator, first with emotionally disturbed children and their families in residential treatment, and later with abused, neglected and high-risk infants and their families.

      Her research focuses on ways in which culture and gender factors, stress, role strain, coping and spirituality interact to affect both physical and mental well-being in vulnerable populations, particularly those struggling with immigration, poverty, violence, HIV/AIDS and family caregiving.

      Her publications include articles on longitudinal investigations examining how stress proliferation, stress buffers, and physical and mental well-being differ across various groups infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, including heterosexual females, men who have sex with men (MSM), Anglo men and women, and Latinas. She has published validation studies examining factorial invariance across groups affected by HIV, and she has developed ethnic sensitive burden instruments for the assessment of stress proliferation in caregiving. In addition to authoring AIDS: A Complete Guide to Psychosocial Intervention, Land is co-editor (with Herman Curiel) of Outreach and Care Approaches to HIV/AIDS along the U.S.-Mexico Border. She is also the consulting editor on several social work journals.

      Land consults and trains in the areas of couples and family therapy, spirituality and clinical practice, and HIV/AIDS. Formerly chair of the Mental Health concentration in the Master of Social Work program, she continues to teach advanced clinical practice courses and elective classes in couples therapy, spirituality, religion, and faith in clinical practice, as well as Explanatory Theories of Human Behavior and Theories and Practice with Small Systems in the doctoral program.

      Outside of the school, Land is senior editor of the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. She is also president of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, an international organization that disseminates information on methods of sensitizing faculty, students and practitioners to the spiritual and religious needs of clients seeking services. Her forthcoming book is titled Spirituality, Religion, and Faith in Psychotherapy: Evidence-based Expressive Methods for Brain, Body, and Mind. Her current research interests include developing a treatment framework for recovery from moral injury due to trauma, and advancing sacred-sensitive treatment for special populations.


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      Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services 2013Editor
      USC School of Social Work2005Hutto Patterson Award
      1997Appointment to National Research and Training Center on Social Work and HIV/AIDS
      AIDS Project1993Distinguished Volunteer Service Award
      USC School of Social Work1988Distinguished Faculty Award
      University of Pittsburgh1983Ph.D. awarded with distinction
      University of Pittsburgh1982Provost Development Fund Award for Doctoral Study
      University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health1981Teaching Fellowship

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      1. Levine B, Land H. A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Findings About Dance/Movement Therapy for Individuals With Trauma. Qual Health Res. 2016 Feb; 26(3):330-44. PMID: 26063604.
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      2. Arpawong TE, Rohrbach LA, Milam JE, Unger JB, Land H, Sun P, Spruijt-Metz D, Sussman S. Stressful Life Events and Predictors of Post-traumatic Growth among High-Risk Early Emerging Adults. J Posit Psychol. 2016 Jan 01; 11(1):1-14. PMID: 26640507.
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      3. Arpawong TE, Sussman S, Milam JE, Unger JB, Land H, Sun P, Rohrbach LA. Post-traumatic growth, stressful life events, and relationships with substance use behaviors among alternative high school students: a prospective study. Psychol Health. 2015; 30(4):475-94. PMID: 25346382; PMCID: PMC4297231.
      4. Guada J, Land H, Han J. An exploratory factor analysis of the Burden Assessment Scale with a sample of African-American families. Community Ment Health J. 2011 Apr; 47(2):233-42. PMID: 20198509.
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      5. Land H, Hudson SM, Stiefel B. Stress and depression among HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay and bisexual AIDS caregivers. AIDS Behav. 2003 Mar; 7(1):41-53. PMID: 14534389.
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      6. Land H, Hudson S. HIV serostatus and factors related to physical and mental well-being in Latina family AIDS caregivers. Soc Sci Med. 2002 Jan; 54(1):147-59. PMID: 11820678.
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      7. van de Velde JC, Schaap GE, Land H. Follow-up at a Dutch addiction hospital and effectiveness of therapeutic community treatment. Subst Use Misuse. 1998 Jun; 33(8):1611-27. PMID: 9680085.
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