Dr. David Cecil earned his PhD at the University of South Carolina and his master of social work (MSW) at the University of Kentucky. His dissertation research was on outcome measurement in human services. His research agenda focuses on bridging practice and research and examining motivational factors related to change and effective practice. He has written and presented on topics of cognitive and behavioral modalities, motivational interviewing, technology use in social work education, program and practice evaluation, teaching practice models, and dimensions of diversity related to faith integration in social work. He recently contributed a chapter to the Essential Clinical Social Work Series (Tosone & Rosenberger, 2012). He served as Board President for the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) and is the Board President for the Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work (KSCSW) (2014-2016). He held a full time faculty appointment at East Tennessee State University’s Master of Social Work program (2004-2009) where he also served one year as MSW Program Director (2008-2009). He Chairs Behavioral Sciences which includes both psychology and social work programs but teaches primarily in the Asbury University MSW Program. He also performs the data collection and analysis for accreditation efforts for the MSW Program.
In 2013 Dr. Cecil taught and presented at LCC International University in Klaipeda Lithuania and spent two weeks in Moscow teaching, training, and consulting with a new psychology and social work program in the Russian Orthodox University.
Dr. Cecil currently maintains a small private practice where he specializes in family practice and treatment of anxiety disorders.
His most recent scholarship includes:
Stoltzfus, K., & Cecil, D. (2013). “A different atmosphere of love”: a qualitative study of the experiences of participants in faith-based addiction rehabilitation programs in the Russian Federation. Substance Use and Misuse, 48(12).
Cecil, D., & Stoltzfus, K. (2013). Relational Social Work Practice with Evangelical Christian Clients. In Tosone & Rosenberger (Eds.) Essential Clinical Social Work Series. New York: Springer Books.
Placido, N. & Cecil, D. (2014). Implementing best practices for needs assessment and strategic planning systems: a case study. Social Work & Christianity, 41 (1).
Cecil, D. (2013). The DSM 5: Changes, Challenges, and Implications for Clinicians. Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work Continuing Education Conference. June 2013.
Cecil, D. (2014). The code of ethics of NASW and 201 KAR 23:080 code of conduct: real time ethical decision making. Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work Continuing Education Conference. June 2013.
Cecil, D. (2013). An engaging, practical, and user friendly approach to technology and teaching. 63rd Conference of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Social Justice: Contributions of Faith and Spirituality.
Cecil, D. (2013). Competency based social work education. 1st Annual Russian Orthodox University Social Work Education Conference. Moscow. Russia.
Cecil, D. (2013). Competency based social work education. 1st Annual Russian Orthodox University Social Work Practitioner Round-Table. Moscow. Russia.
Cecil, D. (2013). Defining issues of social justice: a model for efficiency and precision. 6th Annual Academic Conference of the Lithuanian Christian College-International University. Whose Justice? Global Perspectives in Dialogue.
Cecil, D. (2012). Relational social work practice with evangelical Christian clients. 62nd Conference of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Gateways To Change.
Placido, N. & Cecil, D. (2012). Social work and church collaboration: assisting a church’s development via needs assessment strategies. 62nd Conference of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Gateways To Change.