CONTACT ME

Email – GSSWSR – 300 Airdale Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Byers, D. S., Fareed, A., & Hreish, K. (In Press). The vernacular ethics of stigmatized care: Reinterpreting acceptance and confidentiality for social work in the West Bank, Palestine. Social Service Review.

Byers, D. S. & Cerulli, M. (2020). Staying in their own lane: Ethical reasoning among college students witnessing cyberbullying. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000180

Byers, D. S., Vider, S., Smith, A. (2019). Clinical activism in community-based practice: The case of LGBT affirmative care at the Eromin Center, Philadelphia, 1973-1984. American Psychologist, 74(8), 868-881. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000523

Byers, D. S., McInroy, L. B., Craig, S. L., Slates, S., Kattari, S. K. (2019). Naming and addressing homophobic and transphobic microaggressions in social work classrooms. Journal of Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2019.1656688 

Byers, D. S., Mishna, F., Solo, C. (2019) Clinical practice with children and adolescents involved with bullying and cyberbullying: Gleaning guidelines from the literature. Clinical Social Work Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-019-00713-3

Byers, D. S. & Shapiro, J. R. (2019). Renewing the ethics of care for social work under the Trump administration. Social Work, 64(2), 175-180.  https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swz008

Byers, D. S., Coburn, J., Hurvitz-Prinz, A., & Hustead, P. (2017). Learning together: A dialogue on collaborative MSW thesis advising. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 87 (4), 345-349. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00377317.2017.1372662

Hreish, K., Okkeh, M., Fareed, A. J., Byers, D. S. (2017). Attitudes among young adults in Palestine about peers with substance use problems: Challenges and opportunities for community intervention design. International Social Work. 62(2), 726-740. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020872817743562

Byers, D. S. (2016). Recognition of social pain among peers: Rethinking the role of bystanders in bullying and cyberbullying. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 86(4), 335-354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00377317.2016.1222771

Kokaliari, E., Berzoff, J., Byers, D. S., Fareed, A., Berzoff-Cohen, J., & Hreish, K. (2016). Teaching clinical social work under occupation: Listening to the voices of Palestinian social work students. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 36(2), 140-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2016.1142490

Byers, D. S. (2013). “Do they see nothing wrong with this?”: Bullying, bystander complicity, and the role of homophobic bias in the Tyler Clementi case. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, (94)4, 251-258. https://doi.org/10.1606/1044-3894.4325

Book Chapters

Hertz, P., Flanagan, L. M., Byers, D. S., Berzoff, J. (2021). The bridge: From theory to practice. In J. Berzoff, L. M. Flanagan, & P. Hertz (Eds.). Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and psychopathology in contemporary multicultural contexts (5th ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Byers, D. S., Thigpen, K. Z., & Wolfson, S. (2019). Working with LGBTQIA+ clients in the context of trauma, with a focus on transgender experience. In S. Ringel & J. Brandell (Eds.). Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice, and Research (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Byers, D. S. (2016). DSM-5 and the role of descriptive diagnosis. In J. Berzoff, L. M.  Flanagan, & P. Hertz (Eds.). Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and psychopathology in contemporary multicultural contexts (4th ed.) (pp. 318-329). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Popular Writing

Vider, S. & Byers, D. S. (2021, June 5). A Supreme Court case poses a threat to LGBTQ foster kids. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/opinion/Supreme-Court-LGBTQ-foster.html

Vider, S. & Byers, D. S. (2015, December 10). Queer homeless youth, queer activism in transition. Slatehttp://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/12/10/queer_homeless_youth_need_lgbtq_activists_to_fight_for_them.html#comments

Byers, D. S. & Coburn, J. (2015, August 28). The APA issued “aspirational” guidelines for transgender care. What can they accomplish? Slatehttp://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/08/28/new_apa_guidelines_for_transgender_care_do_they_go_far_enough.htm

Vider, S. & Byers, D. S. (2015, February 18). The Fosters explores the fear and possibility of queer childhood. Slatehttp://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/02/18/the_fosters_on_abc_family_presents_a_fresh_look_at_queer_childhood.html

Vider, S. & Byers, D. S. (2015, February 12). A half-century of conflict over attempts to “cure” gay people: The history of treatment of homosexuality shows that psychiatry may need a cure of its own. Timehttp://time.com/3705745/history-therapy-hadden/

Book Reviews

Byers, D. S. (2019). A queer ethic of conflict and the challenge of friendship (Review of S. Schulman’s Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair). GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275716

Byers, D. S. (2017). M. Crastnopol: Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury. Psychoanalytic Social Work. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15228878.2017.1342550

Byers, D. S. (2015). Two new books rethinking antiracist intragroup and intergroup dialogueSmith College Studies in Social Work. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00377317.2015.1066610

Byers, D. S. (2013). N. Yanay: The Ideology of Hatred: The Psychic Power of Discourse. Smith College Studies in Social Work. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00377317.2013.802197

Byers, D. S. (2013). RL Lucente: Character Formation and Identity in Adolescence: Clinical and Developmental IssuesFamilies in society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services

Byers, D. S. (2012). W. Feigelman, JR Jordan, JL McIntosh, and B. Feigelman: Devastating Losses—How Parents Cope with the Death of a Child to Suicide or DrugsClinical Social Work Journalhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-012-0431-0

TALKS

Peer-Reviewed Presentations – Recent and Upcoming

Kumaria, S., Byers, D. S., McCarthy, K. M., Moedano, C. (upcoming 2021, October). Building caring and accountable campus environments: Confronting the limits of bystander theory. [Oral Presentation/ Panel]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Byers, D. S., Vider, S., Smith, A. (2019, October). Emergent understandings of LGBTQ+ affirmative care at the Eromin Center, Philadelphia, 1973-1983. [Oral Presentation/Panel]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Slates, S., Moedano, C, Byers, D. S., Garran, A. M. (2019, October). Inclusion means changing: Supporting first-generation students in MSW programs. [Oral Presentation/Panel]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.​

Byers, D. S., Moss, T., Sousa, C., Gonzalez Benson, O., Husain, A. (January 2019). Translation within international qualitative inquiry: Power, positionality, and creation of meaning. [Roundtable]. Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.​

Byers, D. S., McInroy, L. B., Craig, S. L., Kattari, S. K., Slates, S. (November 2018). Naming and addressing homophobic and transphobic microaggressions in social work education. [Oral Presentation/Panel]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.​

Byers, D. S. (January, 2018). Public shaming and moral narcissism: Community justice among bystanders of peer aggression. [Oral Presentation]. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Annual Conference, Washington, DC. ​

Byers, D. S., Fareed, A., Berzoff, J., Kokaliari, E., Hreish, K. (January, 2018). Too close for comfort: Palestinian students grounding clinical conceptualization in community trauma. [Oral Presentation]. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Annual Conference, Washington, DC. ​

Byers, D. S., Redmond, M., Garran, A. M. (October, 2017). I’m entitled to my opinion: Ethics education in an “alternative facts” era. [Oral Presentation/Panel]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Alessi, E. J., Byers, D. S., Harris-Jackson, T., Craig, S. L. (October, 2017). Practical tools for teaching affirmative practice during the current political climate [Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) Connect Session Oral Presentation/Panel]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.​

Byers, D. S. (October, 2016) Staying in their lane: White students learning to (not) help across difference. [Poster]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Byers, D. S., Vider, S., Rose, D., Hernandez, J., Rothenberg, L. (October, 2015). Clinical activism in LGBT depathologization: Social work’s historical and ongoing role. [Poster]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. 

Byers, D. S., Kokaliari, E., Fareed, A., Hreish, K., Berzoff, J. (January, 2015). Social work in the West Bank: The Palestinian student perspective. [Oral Presentation]. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Byers, D. S., Berzoff, J., Kokaliari, E. (October, 2014). Clinical social work education in the West Bank: An exploratory study. [Oral Presentation]. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Byers, D. S. (November, 2013). Relational cross-cultural pedagogy in the West Bank. [Oral Presentation]. On panel: Byers, D. Corbin, J., Berzoff, J., Teaching globally, thinking critically: Co-constructing knowledge through difference, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Byers, D. S. (May, 2013). Feelings from home: A case study within a case study of intercultural transference and countertransference. [Oral Presentation]. Ninth Annual International Congress of Qualitative Research, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Drisko, J., the Greater Boston Hospital Social Work Administrators Group, & Byers, D. S. (April, 2012). Unspoken truths: What do social workers really do in hospitals? [Oral Presentation]. Massachusetts NASW Symposium, Framingham, MA

Invited Presentations – Recent and Upcoming

Byers, D. S. (January 15, 2021). Ethical reflexivity for anti-racist and anti-oppressive social work practice. Lecture by Zoom for Rutgers University School of Social Work.

Byers, D. S. (November 15, 2019). The ethics of stigmatized care: Clinical activism in theory-to-practice gaps among social workers and students. Lecture at Binghamton University, Department of Social Work, Binghamton, NY.

Byers, D. S. (September 22, 2018). Clinical activism and the ethics of care in precarity: Field supervision of social work students in the West Bank. Presentation for the Center for Family Wellbeing at Bryn Mawr College.

Byers, D. S. (November 30, 2017). Bullying and cyberbullying in emerging adulthood: Learning from college students who try to help targeted peers. Presentation for student affairs staff at Bryn Mawr College.

​Byers, D. S. (November 29, 2017). Transnational perspectives on bullying and cyberbullying. Presentation as part of a panel organized by Carolina Haussman-Stabile: Globalization and its impact on mental health, education, and social justice services in the United States and Chile. Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA. ​

Byers, D. S. (July 21, 2017). Community-based trauma exposure and clinical supervision: A Palestinian case study. Lecture for the 2017 Annual Field Conference, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.

Byers, D. S. (December 5, 2016). Learning from adolescents and young adults who try to help targeted peers. Lecture for the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, Seattle University, Seattle, WA.​

Byers, D. S. (June 28, 2016). Supporting peer bystanders of bullying and cyberbullying. Presentation for an invited panel: Cyberbullying and Beyond: The Role of Online Spaces in Spreading Violence and Victimization. Inaugural Community and School Violence Prevention Symposium, University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Hartford, CT.

Byers, D. S. (November 14, 2014). Implications of DSM-5 in clinical social work education. Lecture at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Byers, D. S. (March 3, 2014). DSM-5 across the social work curriculum: Conceptual and practical considerations. Invited lecture for the faculty of Simmons College School for Social Work.

Byers, D. S. (February 21, 2014). DSM-5 across the social work curriculum: Conceptual and practical considerations. Invited lecture for the Winter faculty meeting at Smith College School for Social Work.

Byers, D. S. (October, 2012, multiple dates). Ongoing psychosocial assessment with individuals. A mini-course about theories of biopsychosocial assessment, presented several times as a visiting lecturer at Al-Quds University.

Byers, D. S. (October, 2012, multiple dates). The clinical case study in social work practice. A mini-course about the forms and uses of written and presented clinical case studies, presented as a visiting lecturer at Al-Quds University.

Byers, D. S. (October 14, 2010). LGBT youth: Does bullying contribute to suicide risk? Presented at the Brown Bag Series at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

TEACHING

Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Assistant Professor, 2017-

  • Clinical Practice I and II (MSS program)
  • SW Practice With LGBTQ+ People and the Queering of Social Work (MSS program)
  • Applied Developmental Theory and Translational Research (PhD program)
  • Qualitative Inquiry (PhD program)

New York University, Silver School of Social Work, Lecturer, 2016-2017 

  • Social Work Practice IV (MSW program)
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment III (MSW program)

Skidmore College, Visiting Lecturer, 2015-2016 

  • Gender and Sexuality in Social Work Practice (undergraduate) 
  • Social Work Research Methods (undergraduate) 
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment (undergraduate) 
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (undergraduate) 
  • Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities (undergraduate) 

Smith College School for Social Work, Lecturer, 2012-2017 

  • Problems in Bio-Psycho-Social Functioning (MSW program)
  • Theories of Individual Development (MSW program)
  • Neurobiology in Clinical Social Work (MSW program)
  • Concepts in Clinical Supervision (Certificate program: Advanced Clinical Supervision)

NEWS

Study reframes the history of LGBT mental health care (Cornell Chronicle, Nov 25, 2019)
Photograph by Jack Tinney, George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Collection, courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.
https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/11/study-reframes-history-lgbt-mental-health-care
Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Faculty, Students, and Alumni Represented at International Conference (Feb. 2019)
Cindy Sousa (Bryn Mawr College), David S. Byers (Bryn Mawr College), Tamarah Moss (Bryn Mawr College), Altaf Husain (Howard University)
https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/graduate-school-social-work-and-social-research-faculty-students-and-alumni-represented
Research Study About Social Work Practices and Education in the Palestinian West Bank (Aug. 2018)
David S. Byers (Bryn Mawr College), Anan Fareed (Al Quds University), and Khalid Hriesh (Al Quds University) in Abu Dis, Palestine
https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/assistant-professor-david-s-byers-researches-social-work-practices-and-education-palestinian
GSSWSR Attends the Council on Social Work Education Conference (Nov. 2017)
Tarek Zidan Alamah (Indiana University), Tamarah Moss (Howard University), David S. Byers (Bryn Mawr College), Rani Varghese (Adelphi University)
https://www.brynmawr.edu/socialwork/gsswsr-attends-council-social-work-education-conference