Monika White, PhD, MSW

Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work


Monika White, PhD, MSW, an experienced practitioner, educator, researcher, author, lecturer, and administrator, has worked in both public and private sectors. For the past 38 years, she has focused on coordinating health, mental health and community-based service delivery systems for older adults and their families. A leading authority on care management, eldercare services, cargiving, volunteer programs and healthy aging, she speaks and consults nationally and internationally.

Retired President/CEO of Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, CA she is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She is on the editorial boards of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Assocation Journal, the Family and Community Journal and the American Society on Aging, Health and Aging Network News.

The recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to the field of aging, White is a member of several non-profit boards and committees. She serves on the regional board of Natharez House, an assisted living and nursing care facility and on the board of Menorah Foundation, which develops and manages housing for low-income seniors. Locally, she is on the board of the Santa Monica College Associates (past president), the Santa Monica YWCA, the Westside Martin Luther King Coalition, and is serving her third term as President of the Santa Monica Sister City Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, participates on the Santa Monica History Museum planning committee, and the Advisory Committee of WISE Connections, a Village program of WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica.