Rocio Terry

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Rocio Terry is an experienced professor, change agent, and leader who focuses on issues surrounding social justice, access to resources, social equity, and building social capital, while she also creates social change by having been in management for more than twenty years with several innovative and highly impactful companies. She has worked with diverse populations, such as high school and college students, older adults, veterans, LGBTQ+, low income, active duty military, refugees, etc., in various settings, such as hospice, nursing facilities, federally qualified health centers, universities, community colleges, non-profit agencies, and military bases. Dr. Terry has held key operational and tactical leadership and management roles with local and national non-profit organizations, helping change the life trajectory of thousands of people across the country.

Dr. Terry is a bilingual, tenured professional who graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees, and she graduated from University of Redlands with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She has dedicated her career to serving others, the application of research, and supporting vulnerable populations, and she has taught Social Work, Policy, Social Welfare, Social Innovation, Research, Leadership, and Business courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Through her innovative work and ideas, Dr. Terry aims to affect large-scale social issues via design thinking and social innovation so that we may begin to eradicate the persistent problems and social norms plaguing society.


Doctor of Social Work, University of Southern California

MSW, University of Southern California

MBA, University of Redlands

BA, San Diego State University

AA, Grossmont Community College