David L. Hussey, PhD

Associate Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Research Director
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Mandel Leadership Fellows Program
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

David L. Hussey is 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 Mandel 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 former 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, trauma 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, hospital, foster care, outpatient, and school and community settings.

Curriculum Vitae
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Teaching Information

Courses Taught

SASS 538. Evidence Based Practice: Selection, Implementation, and Practice Issues
SASS 549. Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work
SASS 583. Social Work Practice in Mental Health with Adults

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Violence and Victimization
  • Mental health, substance abuse, dual disorders
  • Behavioral health intervention research
  • Child welfare, special needs adoption
  • Music therapy for complex trauma 

Recent Funding

Recent Grants

Cuyahoga County DJA in collaboration with Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Court Felony
Drug Court Project
Principal Investigator
Cuyahoga County

Offender Reentry Program for Juveniles
Principal Investigator
Catholic Charities Services

Second Chance Act: A Demonstration Project for Adult Offender Reentry  
Principal Investigator
Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care & Youth and Family Community Partnership
Principal Investigator
Cuyahoga County

Professional Memberships

Advisory Board Member, Behavioral Health Curriculum Development Initiative (BHCDI) through the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health on behalf of SAMHSA
Alternate Member, NASW ATOD Specialty Practice Section


Recent Publications

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(10), 2072-2080.

Hussey, D. (2012).  An in-depth analysis of domestically adopted children with special needs 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). Voices of parent advocates within the systems of care model of service delivery. Child and Youth Services Review, 31(8), 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(3), 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.


Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Social Science Administration
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Arts
John Carroll University

Additional Information


  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and other drugs of abuse
  • Children, Youth and Families

In the News

Mandel School in the Media: April 2019
May 1, 2019

Begun Center Receives Nearly $5M in Violence Prevention Funding
December 4, 2018

2018 Capstone Presentations on May 4
April 10, 2018

Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School
April 15, 2016

SSWR 2016: Faculty, Student and Alumni Presenters
January 13, 2016