Glenna Anderson, DSW

Mental Health Clinician
Torrance, California

What is your current role, and where do you work?

I am a mental health therapist with a private practice in California. I treat adults and specialize in anxiety-based disorders.

Why did you choose USC for your doctoral program?

I felt this program was best suited to my long-term professional goals. I was selective about choosing an online program. I wanted to make sure I entered one that was supportive to me as a student and was at a reputable school.

Which Grand Challenge did you focus on during your studies?

The Grand Challenge I selected was financial capability for all. The more I fleshed out and discussed my ideas, the more I realized that I was concerned about the way that socio-economic status affects a person’s overall quality of life and ability to pursue goals. I also started to see a clear connection between mental health and a person’s level of options.

Now that you’ve earned your DSW, what do you hope to accomplish in your career?

My goal is to create a financial program that addresses the emotional barriers to pursuing wealth. I plan on partnering with various types of workers in the financial community to help them reach more people.

If you could share one piece of advice with prospective students, what would it be?

Ask for help before you need it; your professors are very supportive and waiting to have those supplemental conversations to ensure you understand the material and are on track with your project.