Cynthia Bisman

Cynthia BismanCynthia Bisman completed her undergraduate education at Queens College, City University of New York. The University of Kansas granted her MSW and PhD, and the Menninger Foundation her family therapy certification. Her forty years of post-master’s experience includes practice with severely mentally ill people, veterans and multi-problem families, as well as in public welfare, consultation and supervision.

Bisman’s many articles, books and conference presentations reflect her research interests in professional socialization, development of practice theory and a values framework for social work in a global world.

Among other activities, she is the US Associate Editor for the journal Ethics and Social Welfare; provides a range of editorial functions for journals in the US and UK; and is co-director for the Bryn Mawr College Center on International Studies. She teaches foundation practice and family therapy and is currently working on a new book integrating issues of values and a global perspective for social work practice.


Substantive Specialization: Mental health; clinical practice with families and individuals.