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Lynn M. Nybell, Ph.D., MSW, LMSW


Lynn M. Nybell, Ph.D., MSW, LMSW 376 Marshall




Ph.D.  Social Work and Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2002
M.S.W., Concentration in Community Practice, University of Michigan, 1974
B.A., Sociology, University of Michigan, 1971

Professional Summary

Lynn Nybell is interested in studying the social construction of childhood in social work policy and practice; the changing nature of social work and employment and its effects on workers; and race, gender and class in social work practice. She received Eastern Michigan University’s Award for Excellence Faculty Scholarly/Creative Recognition Award (2009) for her co-edited book (with J. Finn and J. Shook), Childhood, Youth and Social Work in Transformation (Columbia University Press) and Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2004).She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the American Anthropological Association and the Society for the Anthropology of North America.

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 315  Theoretical Bases of Social Work Practice
SWRK 643  The Family and the Social Environment
SWRK 640  Policies and Issues in Services to Families and Children
SWRK 488  Field Experience I
SWRK 489  Field Experience I

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Nybell, L. (2013). Locating “youth voice:” Considering the contexts of speaking in foster care.  Children and Youth Services Review, 35, pp. 1227-1235.

Finn, J., Nybell, L. and Shook, J.  (Eds.) (2013).  Place, power and possibility:  Rethinking social work with children and youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 35,  [Special Issue], pp. 1159-1296.

Nybell, L. (2011).  Horror stories, war stories and (un)happy endings:  Locating social service workers in neoliberal plots.  New Proposals:  Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. 

Finn, J. , Nybell, L. and Shook, J. (2010). The making and meaning of childhood in an era of globalization.  Children and Youth Services Review, 32, pp. 246-254

Nybell, L., Shook J. & Finn, J. (Eds.) (2009) Childhood, youth and social work in transformation:  Implications for policy and practice. New York:  Columbia University Press.

Nybell, L. and Gray, SS.  (2009).   Theoretical stories, possible plots:  On assessing cultural competency in a child welfare agency. Reflections:  Narratives of Professional Helping, 15 (3), pp. 74-86.

Gray, S.S. & Nybell, L.  (2007).  Putting field education in context:  Preparing students for practice in an urban center.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work 27(1), pp. 213-232.

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