Dr. David S. Byers is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. He completed his MSW at NYU in 2006 and his Ph.D. at Smith College School for Social Work in 2016. Dr. Byers is presently engaged in three related areas of research. First, he is examining how emerging adults seek and provide support to each other online, and in particular why some attempt to support peers targeted with bullying and cyberbullying within and across social identities. He is also interested in how clinicians can engage with clients who witness, are targeted by, or participate in bullying and cyberbullying. Second, Dr. Byers is investigating the development of community-based clinical services and psychotherapy for LGBTQIA+ clients between 1960 and 1987, years prior to and concurrent with the period when activists and clinicians pushed the APA to remove homosexuality from the diagnostic manual. Clinicians who developed affirmative services despite national leadership may help us to understand the roles clinicians can play in social change. Third, Dr. Byers is working with colleagues in the Palestinian West Bank to examine the emergence of and current needs related to clinical social work education in Palestine.
Research and Scholarly Interests: Clinical theory, assessment, and practice Moral development Social identity and intersectionality Clinical work with LGBTQIA+ clients Bullying/cyberbullying International social work
Substantive Specialization: Dr. Byers's research overall aims to build upon clinical theory and improvised theory from the field with direct application for socially engaged community-based clinical practice.