Christopher Thyberg

Christopher Thyberg, LSW is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Christopher is a graduate of Calvin University earning a BSW in 2014, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work earning a MSW in 2015. He has experience working as a research project coordinator in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Developmental and Motivation Research Lab. Currently at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Christopher is a graduate student researcher with the Pittsburgh Wage Study and Just Discipline Project.

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, structural and critical social work, and the intersection of restorative justice, anti-racism, and trauma-informed care within schools. 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. 

Publications (Accepted and published) 

  • Thyberg, C. (Forthcoming). Preparing social workers for anti-oppressive practice: Evaluating the role of critical social work education. Journal of Social Work Education.
  • Thyberg, C. & Lombardi, B. (2022). Examining racial differences in internalizing and externalizing diagnoses for children exposed to adverse childhood experiences. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-022-00842-2
  • Thyberg, C., & Newhill, C. (2022). Applying critical race theory and risk and resilience theory to the school-to-prison pipeline: Theoretical frameworks for school social workers. The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 49(1).
  • Fussell-Ware, D.J., Ballentine, K.L., Flores, A.T., Aschraft, L.E., Mangum, L.C., Omowale, S.S., MacKenzie, K.T., Ballard, A.J., & Thyberg, C. (Forthcoming). Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to Promote Anti-Racism in Social Work Higher Education. Advances in Social Work.   
  • Lombardi, B., de Saxe Zerden, L., & Thyberg, C. (2021). Social work answers the (video) call: Tele-behavioral health use during COVID-19. Journal of the Society for Social Work Research.   
  • Lombardi, B., Bledsoe, S. E., & Thyberg, C. (2021). Concordance of children’s adverse childhood experiences amongst child, caregiver, and caseworker. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.  
  • Lombardi, B., de Saxe Zerden, L., & Thyberg, C. (2020). Social work answers the (video) call: Tele-behavioral health use during COVID-19. School of Public Health Behavioral health Workforce Research Center: University of Michigan. https://www.behavioralhealthworkforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/FINAL_Social-Work-and-Telehealth-in-COVID-19_Brief_wNASW.pdf  
  • Thyberg, C. (2019). The intersection of trauma, race, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Pitt Policy Journal GSPIA, 10, 139-150.   

Conference Presentations 

  • Lombardi, B., & Thyberg, C. (2022, March). Social Work Answers the (Video) Call: Tele-behavioral Health Use During COVID-19. Presented virtually at the Council on Social Work Education’s 2022 Technology Summit.
  • Thyberg, C. (2022, March). For Those Who Experience Adversity, Who is Allowed to be Depressed? Rachial and Ethnic Disparities in Reports of Behavioral Health Diagnoses for Youth Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Presented at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences Health, Disparities, and Social Justice Poster Competition.
  • Thyberg, C. (2022, January). Preparing Social Workers for Anti-Oppressive Practice: Evaluating the Role of Critical Social Work Education. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 26th Annual Conference.
  • Lombardi, B., Zerden, L., & Thyberg, C. (2022, January). Social Workers' Use of Tele-Behavioral Health during COVID-19. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 26th Annual Conference.
  • Omowale, S. S., Thyberg, C., Fussel-Ware, D., & Ballard, A. (2021, November). Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to Promote Anti-Racism in Academia. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual program meeting.  
  • Thyberg, C., De Saxe Zerden, L., & Lombardi, B. (2021, November). Social work answers the (video) call: Tele-behavioral health use during COVID-19. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual program meeting.   
  • Makoshi, G., Thyberg, C., & Cohen, C. (2021, February). Police in School: A Social Justice Issue. Presented virtually at the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative speaker series Let me Read You Your Rights Virtual Community Dialogue.   
  • Thyberg, C., Fussell-Ware, D., & Davis, C. D. (2021, January). From Restoration to Transformation: Dismantling White Supremacy Within School Discipline Reform. Presented virtually at the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit Annual Conference.   
  • Thyberg, C., & Lombardi, B. (2021, January). For Those Who Experience Childhood Adversity, Who Is Allowed to be Depressed? Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Reports of Behavioral Health Diagnoses for Youth Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Presented virtually at the Society for Social Work Research 25th Annual Conference.  
  • Lombardi, B., Thyberg, C., Washington, L., & Huguley, J. (2021, January). Do Adverse Childhood Experiences Include Racial Discrimination? A Scoping Review. Presented virtually at the Society for Social Work Research 25th Annual Conference.  
  • Thyberg, C. (2020, November). The History of Mass Incarceration Through the Lens of Racial Oppression. Presented at the National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW) 70th Convention in Reston, Virginia.   

Awards and Scholarships 

  • Joseph and Helen Eaton Scholarship 2021 

Social Media

Twitter: @CT_Thyberg

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