Christopher Thyberg is a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. His research interests center on mental health, the school-to-prison pipeline, and intersectional program interventions for adolescents.
Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work with minors in International Development Studies and Urban Studies from Calvin University, MI. He then returned home to his native Pittsburgh to earn a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in children, youth, and families.
Christopher’s research is heavily informed by his clinical experience as a therapist working with children, adolescents, and families in the Pittsburgh area. Christopher has spent his entire professional career working with at-risk youth in various settings. In his years working as a therapist, Christopher worked primarily with children who had been exposed to trauma. Christopher observed how schools played a pivotal role in helping or harming a student’s recovery process and became passionate about conducting research that could enhance the services provided to students with mental health needs.
Christopher’s current research interests include mental health treatment disparities among racial and ethnic minority students, the role school policy plays in mitigating or exacerbating harm in students’ lives, and how alternative discipline policies and trauma-informed care enacted through an intersectional lens can benefit students, parents, and teachers. Central to his career goals is the incorporation of community-based, strengths-focused approaches to research that uplift, support, and empower people in the pursuit of equality and justice.