Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis UK (ISPS) 

Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health

Superior Court, Los Angeles County, Public Defender's Office

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

University of Evansville (Indiana), Alcohol and Drug Institute

Tri-City Mental Health Services, Claremont, CA

NASW - National Association of Social Workers

Pasadena Department of Public Health

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Long Beach Asian Pacific Islander Family Mental Health Center

Opportunity Knocks, Orange, CA

Pacific Clinics Treatment Centers

California State University - Long Beach - Counseling & Psychological Services

Project Return:Peer Support Network: Mental Health America - Los Angeles - (Peer) Training and Workforce Development


UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica - Rape Treatment Center, Santa Monica, CA

Los Angeles Times - Festival of Books



Shannon Dunn, PhD, LCSW (CA, IL, & IN), CRADC, has been on the University of Southern California School, Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social Work clinical teaching faculty since 2003. She has over 20 years of experience teaching foundational and advanced clinical courses in the Mental Health concentration in Master’s of Social Work programs in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing, China, and more than 38 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. Dunn 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 to heal from symptoms of 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. Dunn is Chair of the Systems of Recovery from Mental Illness subconcentration and the Lead Instructor for the following four courses: addiction and recovery, psychiatric diagnosis, and two separate 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. Dunn 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. 

In 2018, Dr. Dunn published her book, Healing the Distress of Psychosis: Listening with Psychotic Ears, where she lays out historical and contemporary practices of improving the quality of life for individuals and families who live with severe mental illness.

She was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, lived for 14 years in Chicago, IL, and now lives with her family in Los Angeles, California and Evansville, Indiana. 

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