David Hussey

Associate Professor

PhD, Case Western Reserve University
MSSA, Jack, Joseph and Morton

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
BA, John Carroll University
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Room 222
Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Court
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


David Hussey is an Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Dr. Hussey also serves as the Director of the Leadership Fellows Program, and the Associate Director for Research at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education.
Dr. Hussey is a licensed independent social worker -supervisor (LISW-S), and the Director of Research and Evaluation at Beech Brook, a children’s mental health agency in Cleveland.
Dr. Hussey’s primary areas of research are in mental health, violence and victimization, and behavioral health interventions. Dr. Hussey is an accomplished clinician, researcher and teacher, with over thirty-five years of clinical experience in health, mental health, and child welfare settings. He has designed and directed a variety of therapy and treatment programs in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and community settings.
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Course List

  • SASS 549 Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work
  • SASS 583 Social Work Practice in Mental Health with Adults
  • Social Work Licensure Course

Scholarly Interests

  • Violence, victimization
  • Mental health, substance abuse, dual disorders
  • Behavioral health intervention research
  • Child welfare, special needs adoption
  • Music therapy

Flannery, D.,  Baughman, M., Hussey, D., & Jefferis, E. (in press).  Adolescent delinquency and violent behavior.  In T. Gullotta & G. Adams (Eds.), Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment.  New York: Springer.

Layman, D., Hussey, D.L., Reed, A. (2013).  The Beech Brook group therapy assessment instrument: A pilot study.  Journal of Music Therapy, 50(3), 155-175.

Hussey, D., Falletta, L., & Eng, A. (2012).  Risk factors for mental health diagnoses among children adopted from the public child welfare system.  Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 2072-2080.

Hussey, D. (2012).  An in-depth analysis of special needs adoption children and their biological mothers.  Journal of Social Work, 12 (5), 528-544.

Hussey, D. (2010). Nonprobability sampling. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Research Design (Vol. 2, pp. 921–923). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Munson, M. R., Hussey, D., Stormann, C., & King, T. (2009). The voices of parent advocates within the system of care model of service delivery. Child and Youth Services Review, 31, 879–884.

Uludag, S., Colvin, M., Hussey, D., & Eng, A. (2009). Democracy, inequality, modernization, routine activities, and international variations in crime victimization. International Criminal Justice Review, 19, 265–286.

Uludag, S., Colvin, M., Hussey, D., & Eng, A. (2009). Modernization, inequality, routine activities, and international variations in household property crimes. International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 4, 23–43.


David Hussey in the News:

Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School

Apr 15 2016

Research ShowCASEOn April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School presenters below, including many faculty members, students and researchers

Faculty (highlighted), Research Staff, and Doctoral Students (bold):

1. Cyleste Collins, Rong Bai, David Crampton, Rob Fischer: “Partnering for Family Success Process Evaluation”

2. Dalhee Yoon, Paul Tuschman, Mark, I. Singer, Margaret Baughman-Sladky, Michael C. Gearhart: “Case Study: Staff Perspectives on the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts Serving Opioid-Addicted Clients”

3. Dalhee Yoon, David S. Crampton, Susan Yoon, Sarah K. Bearman: “Assessing the Impact of Family Participation on Team Decisionmaking”

4. David Crampton, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Garcia-Cobian Richter, Rob Fischer: “Integrated Data System Analysis for the Design of a Pay-for-Success Intervention in Foster Care”

5. Aviva Vincent, David L. Hussey, Michelle Riske-Morris: “Reversing the Pipeline: Examining the Need for Transition Planning from Prison to the Community”

6. Michael C. Gearhart, Daniel J. Flannery, Mark I. Singer, Jeff Kretschmar, Fred Butcher: “Predictors of Functioning in a Juvenile Justice Diversion Program: ADHD, Mental Health, and Trauma”

7. Robert Fischer, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich, Marci Blue, Tsui Chan: “Childhood Lead Exposure in the City of Cleveland: Why Point-in-Time Estimates Aren’t Enough”

8. Seungjong Cho, Sun Kyung Kim: “Adjustment Problems of Female Spouses of International Students: Theoretical Frameworks” (Oral Presentation)

9. Weidi Qin: “Patterns of Diabetes Among Asian Americans”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Sharon Milligan):

1. Chelsea Smith: “The Causes and Treatments for Eating Disorders: A literature Review”

2. Amy Wang: “The relationship between socioeconomic status and other demographic factors and dental health behavior”

3. Feifei Deng: “Oral Health and Its Impact on General Health: A Literature Review of Society’s Response”

4. Isabelle Haney: “Mental Health Prevalence, Stigma, and Resources among College Students”

5. Amarinder Syan: “The Impact of Food Deserts on Food Insecurity in the United States”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Megan Holmes):

1. Michaela Epperson: “Beliefs, Resiliency, and Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur: “Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: Seeking Expert Opinions”

MSSA Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur:

“Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: A Targeted Literature Review”

SSWR 2016: Faculty, Student and Alumni Presenters

Jan 13 2016

cramptonThe Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 20th Annual Conference, beginning today in Washington, D.C. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#201 – see us for a special Centennial gift to SSWR attendees!), two of our faculty honored as 2016 SSWR Fellows, and Dr. Claudia Coulton’s participation on the Grand Challenges for Social Work, several faculty, students and alumni are doing the following presentations at the conference.


Claudia Coulton, PhD: Harnessing technology for social good: A grand challenge for social work.

David Crampton, PhD (pictured); Francisca Richter, PhD; and Claudia Coulton, PhD: Integrated data system analysis for the design of a pay-for-success intervention in foster care.

Claudia Coulton, PhD: Meeting the grand challenge of big data in child welfare program and policy research.     

Accepted Poster Presentations:

David Biegel, PhD: Social support and recovery: The mediating role of mattering.

Michael Gearhart, MSSA (PhD student); Dan Flannery, PhD; Mark Singer, PhD; Jeff Kretschmar, PhD; and Fredrick Butcher, PhD: ADHD, comorbidities, and trauma symptoms: Predictors of functioning in juvenile justice involved youth.

Jill Kobulsky (PhD student) and David Hussey, PhD: Demographic patterns of early use and initiation of substances among youth in the child welfare system.

David Crampton, PhD, and Susan Yoon (PhD student): Increasing adherence to team decision-making through improved family participation.

Susan Yoon (PhD student): Heterogeneity in developmental trajectories of internalizing behavior problems among children who have experienced early childhood maltreatment.

The following alumni are also presenting at SSWR 2016:

  • Margaret Adamek, PhD 1989
  • Suzanne Brown, PhD 2012
  • Moon Choi, PhD 2010
  • Julian Chow, MSSA 1984, PhD 1992
  • Janet Hoy, MSSA 1999, PhD 2008
  • Derrick Kranke, PhD 2009
  • Heehyul Moon, PhD 2013
  • Youngsam Oh, PhD student
  • Minso Paek, PhD 2013
  • Maureen Riley-Behringer, MSSA 1994, PhD 2015
  • Phyllis Solomon, PhD 1978
  • Shanta Pandey, PhD 1989


New Federal Award to Fund Health Integration and Training for At-Risk Youth

Jun 13 2015

David Hussey, PhD

A new training program at the Mandel School aims to close the gap in behavioral health care services for at-risk children and transition-age young adults ages 18 to 25 while preparing social work master’s students for careers in advanced clinical practice.

The training program, known as Health Integration Training Expansion (HITE), is funded by a three-year, $421,000 federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training program.

HITE is a new integrated physical and behavioral health training sequence (also referred to as integrated health) that builds upon and expands the strong behavioral health competencies social work students already acquire at the Mandel School. It will prepare students to practice from a more integrated health focus, working with other health care workers to provide comprehensive health care.

Under HITE, up to 30 second-year social work master’s students in the child or adult mental health specialization will receive a training stipend and gain first-hand experience working beside doctors and nurses in several Northeast Ohio agencies doing field work with children and transition-age youth.

HITE reflects the goals of U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Healthy People 2020,” an initiative to eliminate health disparities nationally, said David Hussey, PhD, associate professor of research and co-director of the social work school’s Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education.

In Cleveland, integrated health approaches are critical because of high poverty levels, poor health behaviors, exposure to violence, and mental health and substance abuse issues, Hussey said.

“The presence of a mental illness is of particular concern for transition-age youth, because the illness often leads to poor outcomes across several areas, including housing, education, employment, social relationships and quality of life. These youth often have long social service histories across multiple agencies, such as child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health,” Hussey added.

HITE leverages and expands strong connections with premiere health providers in Cleveland, including the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, The MetroHealth System and Neighborhood Family Practice.

Each student will complete hands-on experience in a clinic or agency setting as part of their field work and advanced curriculum courses focused on health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, or children, youth and families—all populations treated by local health centers. Field and course work will focus on social worker competencies in the areas of mental health, addictions, dual disorders, trauma treatment, violence and risk assessment (self harm), and integrated health practice. Students are also required to present a professional development seminar for peers addressing integrated health needs of at-risk youth.

For more information about HITE, contact David Hussey, Associate Professor (david.hussey@case.edu).