Dr. David Springer is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate Advisor, and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also Investigator of the Inter-American Institute for Youth Justice and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology. His Signature Course explores how individuals overcome life’s challenges in order to create meaningful and happy existences. The course critically reflects on selected readings and films that cover a range of topics such as happiness, balance, suffering, conflict, and love.
Dr. Springer received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, where he also received a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Dr. Springer’s social work practice experience has included work as a clinical social worker with adolescents and their families in inpatient and outpatient settings and as a school social worker in an alternative learning center with youth recommended for expulsion for serious offenses.
His areas of interest include: clinical assessment and intervention with adolescents and families; evidence-based substance abuse and mental health treatment with youth; forensic social work with juvenile delinquents; juvenile justice; applied psychometric theory and scale development; intervention research with adolescents; and leadership in social work higher education.
He is currently co-editing a series of books, the Clinican’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice (with Allen Rubin, published by John Wiley and Sons), in which each volume of the series provides an in-depth description of several evidence-based interventions that focus on a specific clinical area of treatment.
Dr. Springer has been awarded the Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award (1998), the university-wide Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (2003), and the university-wide DAD’S Centennial Teaching Fellowship (2008) in recognition of distinction and excellence in teaching students. In 2005, Dr. Springer was selected into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the highest teaching honor awarded to professors at The University of Texas at Austin (click here for more information about the Academy).
Dr. Springer and his wife, Sarah, have a son, Aidan. Dr. Springer’s interests include running, playing the guitar, photography, camping and hiking. He still surfs when he gets the chance.