Shannon Mayeda, PhD, LCSW, CRADC, has been on the University of Southern California School of Social Work clinical teaching faculty since 2004. She has over 13 years of experience teaching foundational and advanced clinical courses in the Mental Health concentration in master’s of social work programs in Los Angeles and Chicago, and more than 32 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 Subconcentration, and the lead instructor for the following four courses: addiction and recovery, psychiatric DSM diagnosis and two seperate severe mental illness and 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 for leadership and impact on students. She has been nominated for this award each subsequent year.
She was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana and now lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.