SUSAN L. HESS, MSW, LCSW-IL, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck in Integrative Learning in Social Work Practice and Field Practicum. Hess is an advocate, consultant, and relational organizer in the areas of trauma informed approaches and the intersections of intimate partner violence. Her 20 years of direct experience assisting those who have experienced intimate partner violence, has fueled Hess’ commitment to advancing the practice of trauma informed approaches nationally and internationally.
Hess’ dedication to disseminating and advocating cutting-edge research and micro, macro and mezzo approaches to trauma informed practices compelled her to launch a Trauma Informed Nonviolent Standards of Care task group. In recognition of her dedication and expertise, Hess was presented with the distinguished Dr. Marjorie Braude Award by the City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence City Task Force in October 2013 for innovative collaboration in serving victims of domestic violence.
Hess is the Co-Founder of Trauma-Informed LA whose mission is to cultivate responsive and collaborative communities that foster healing and wellbeing.