Dr. David S. Byers has practiced as a clinical social worker since 2006. His research focuses on the ways community ethics interact with social work practice in the United States and elsewhere.
David’s first area of research examines ethical reasoning among adolescents and emerging adults when witnessing aggression among peers. He is presently writing a series of articles reporting on college students’ ethical reasoning and improvised helping responses to cyberbullying to guide intervention design. In related projects, David is writing about clinical interventions for children, adolescents, and emerging adults involved with bullying and cyberbullying, trauma-informed clinical practice with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+, peer responses to substance use in Palestine, and responses to homophobic and transphobic microaggressions in social work classrooms.
A second area of research focuses on the values and strategies of community-based clinical social work serving marginalized groups within precarious social service infrastructures. David is Co-Principal Investigator for a national oral history study about LGBT affirmative psychotherapy and social service programs from the 1960s to the 1980s. He is also conducting research about social work supervision in the Palestinian West Bank and planning a comparative study of supervision in community-based mental health clinics in Philadelphia.
Research and Scholarly Interests: Clinical theory and research; Community-based practice; Adolescence and emerging adulthood; Social identity and intersectionality; Ethical reasoning; Aggression and restorative justice; Social work education; International social work; Qualitative methodology