Dr. David S. Byers is Convener of the Clinical Practice sequence at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. He teaches classes on clinical practice in the Master’s program, and research methodology and developmental theory in the Ph.D. program.
David’s research focuses on the ways community ethics interact with social work practice in the United States and elsewhere. First, he is studying 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+, and responses to homophobic and transphobic microaggressions in social work classrooms.
A second and related 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.
At a national level, David is Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Council on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (CSOGIE) for the Council on Social Work Education. He has practiced as a clinical social worker since 2006.
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