University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Track 1 – 11:15 AM, Saturday, May 25

Confirmed speakers as of May 1, 2013.


William Vega New

William A. (Bill) Vega is Provost Professor with appointments in social work, preventive medicine, psychiatry, family medicine, psychology, and gerontology. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Vega is a distinguished scholar in multicultural epidemiologic and services research with adolescents. His community and clinical research on health, mental health and substance abuse in the United States and Latin America has garnered numerous recognitions including the Society for Prevention Research’s Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award, the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse’s National Award of Excellence in Research by a Senior Scientist and the 2010 Research and Advocacy Award from the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health.

The 2006 ISI Web of Science listed him in the upper half of 1 percent of the most highly cited researchers worldwide in social science literature over the past 20 years. He has published over 190 articles, chapters, and several books.

Vega has served on numerous boards and task forces such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research review panels, NIH workgroups on health disparities, U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Methamphetamine, IOM Board on Population Health, Committee on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Effectiveness, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Advisory Committee and former council member of the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center. He is a former chair of the New Connections program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in 2012 stepped down as the IOM Health Equity and Disparities Roundtable chairperson.


Meng LiuMeng Liu is the vice president of China Women’s University, responsible for academic affairs. She is the vice president of the Association of Social Work Education in China, the general secretary of the National Committee of Women’s Education in China, and board member of the China Society of Sociology and China Association of Family Education. She also serves as a member of the editorial board for Critical Social Policy andJournal of China Social Work Research.

Liu has been an invited speaker on gender issues for many international organizations including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The World Bank, among others. Her research interests are mainly in gender studies, including the following topics as they affect women: family violence, suicide, aging, and migrant issues. Her work in China on family violence—a sensitive and significant issue of violation of women’s human rights—is acknowledged as pioneering, and she has published articles in English and Chinese to raise the public attention to this area.


Donald Lloyd NewDonald A. Lloyd is a research associate professor at the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging in the USC School of Social Work. The mission of the Roybal Institute includes a focus on problems of aging in minority and low-income populations. Lloyd joined USC in 2010 after serving as assistant professor at Florida State University (FSU) and research scientist at Florida International University and University of Miami. At FSU he developed a popular graduate seminar on life course epidemiology; his additional teaching responsibilities focused on methods of quantitative data analysis and research design. Lloyd earned his doctorate in sociology at the University of Toronto in 2000, doing his dissertation research on socioeconomic consequences of early-onset psychiatric disorder.

He has published work on psychiatric epidemiology and substance dependence in American Sociological Review, Journal of Health and Social BehaviorAddictionJournal of Studies on Alcohol, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Archives of General Psychiatry, among others. He has worked on a series of federally-funded community-based epidemiological studies of psychiatric and substance use disorders in Canada and the United States.

His current work addresses race/ethnicity and language differences in cognitive decline and comorbidity between depression and dementia, and how lifetime patterns of cumulative stress exposure, in addition to the amount of cumulative stress, predicts current mental health. Donald Lloyd recently presented research on the methodological aspects of studying problems of “intersectionality,” where individuals who possess multiple disadvantaged social statuses are frequently overlooked in social science research.


In Han Song NewIn Han Song, Ph.D., LCSW is an associate professor in health and mental health, and associate dean at Yonsei University Graduate School of Social Welfare in Seoul, Korea. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and his doctoral dissertation was on the biological and social factors associated with women’s moods.

His current research areas include suicide, health disparities, women’s health and mental health, and psychological aspects of self-sufficiency and employment hope. His recent publications are “Influence of Friends’ Suicide Attempts on Adolescents’ Suicidal Ideation”(Mental Health & Social Work, 2012), “Gender Differences in Factors Affecting Willingness for Self-Sufficiency”(Journal of Women Psychology, 2012), and “Family factors associated with children’s handwashing hygiene behavior”(Journal of Child Health Care, 2013). He has been actively serving as an advisor for  governmental agencies and research institutes including the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, Statistics Korea, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and People’s Health Institute, among others.