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Steve Wilson

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

M.S.W. California State University, Long Beach, 1993
Ph.D. University of Southern California, 2004
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2000

Biographical Information

Dr. Wilson’s research interests and areas of specialization are in social work interventions in end-of-life care, medical and geriatric social work with older adults including death, dying, and bereavement (e.g., terminal care bio-ethics, cross-cultural bereavement), hospice and palliative care, and family caregiving issues. Dr. Wilson teaches direct practice courses including Social Work Practice with Death, Dying, and Loss (micro practice) and Social Work Leadership and Management (macro practice). Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Wilson had extensive experience in human resource management with various organizations and worked for several years as a hospice social worker. He also teaches advanced practice courses including Social Work Research, Social Work Practice with Death and Loss, Advanced Practice with Adulthood and Aging, Social Work Leadership and Management, and Master's Thesis Advising. Dr. Wilson research experience has also included workplace diversity issues, AIDS and HIV, as well as gerontological social work labor force demand. In 2012, Dr. Wilson was the recipient of the University's Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for his teaching accomplishments in the School of Social Work.

Steve Wilson

Office Location: Social Sciences / Public Administration Building (SSPA) 149
Phone: (562) 985- 4684
Fax: (562) 985-5514


  • Research Methods
  • Thesis Advising
  • Social Work Administration
  • Death, Dying, and Loss


  • Gerontologist Research
  • Geriatrics
  • Death and Multicultural Bereavement
  • Human Resource Management