Shannon Mayeda, PhD, LCSW, CRADC has been on the USC School of Social Work clinical teaching faculty since 2004. She has 13 years of experience teaching foundational and advanced clinical courses in the Mental Health concentration in Master of Social Work programs in Los Angeles and Chicago, and more than 33 years of clinical experience working with people who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and severe addictions.
Dr. Mayeda has worked in all levels of mental health treatment settings, including state psychiatric hospitals, acute inpatient facilities, residential treatment programs, intensive outpatient programs and private practice, where she helped people struggling with depression, anxiety, personality disorders and addiction. She also has more than 10 years of experience in emergency psychiatric settings in Chicago and downtown Los Angeles.
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. Mayeda is chair of the Mental Health concentration, coordinator of the Systems of Recovery from Mental Illness sub-concentration, and lead instructor for the psychiatric DSM diagnosis course, Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention course, and two severe mental illness and addiction recovery practice courses. She enjoys teaching and practicing principles of the recovery model and strengths-based social work. Her courses are guided by learner-centered teaching methods coupled with multimedia technology, expert guest speakers and field trips. In 2008, Dr. Mayeda received the USC School of Social Work’s Jane Addams Teacher of the Year Award.