David Nylund, LCSW, Ph.D.

Division of Social Work
Mariposa Hall Room 4014
(916) 278-4152



Professional Degrees

  • Ph.D., Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis, 2004
  • M.S.W., California State University, Sacramento, 1987
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, 1983

Research Interests

  • Queer Theory
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Restorative Justice
  • Masculinities
  • Family Therapy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Popular Culture Studies: Sexualities & Genders
  • Critical Sport Studies
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Culturally Responsive Mental Health Care with Transgender Communities
  • Social Justice-Informed Psychotherapy
  • Qualitative Inquiry 


SWRK 202 ~ Social Work and Diverse Populations
SWRK 204 C/D ~ Multi-Level Practice with Vulnerable Life Conditions
SWRK 215 ~ Mediation and Restorative Justice for Social Workers
SWRK 226 ~ Family Interventions: Contemporary Issues in Social Work Practice
SWRK 235 A/B ~ Theoretical Bases of Social Behavior


Nylund, D. & Temple, A. (In Press).  Queer Informed Narrative Therapy: Radical Approaches to Counseling with Transgender Persons. In C. Audet & D. Pare (Eds.), Social Justice and Counseling. New York: Routledge.
Tilsen, T. & Nylund, D. (2016). Cultural Studies Methodologies and Narrative Family Therapy: Therapuetic Conversations about Popular Culture. Family Process, (55), 225–237.
Nylund, D. & Waddle, H. (2016). Breaking Out of the Gender Binary: Liberating Transgender Inmates. In T. Afaupe & G. Hughes (Eds.), Towards Emotional Well-Being Through Liberation Practices: A Dialogical Approach (pp. 140-148). London: Routledge.
Bjoroy, A., Madigan, S., & Nylund, D. (2015).  The Practice of Therapuetic Letter Writing in Narrative Therapy In B. Dounglas edited by Douglas, B., Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Kasket, E & Galbraith, V. (Ed.), The Handbook of Counselling Psychology, 4th edition (pp. 332-348). London: Sage
Madigan, S., Bjoroy, A., & Nylund, D. (2015). Narrative Therapy. In S. Palmer (Ed.), Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Essential Guide, 2nd Edition (pp. 335-346). London: Sage Press.
Nylund, D. (2014). Transmitting Softer Masculinity: Sports Talk Radio and Masculinity. In J.  Hargreaves & Eric Anderon (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality (pp. 453-460). London: Routledge.