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David Fike

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Student Worker, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Social Work
Col of Pub Serv & Comm Solutns


Chris is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work. Chris earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Wittenberg University (2000), his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky (2003), and his Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University (2010), where he concentrated on policy planning, administration, and community social work. He has worked as a research assistant with the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP), where  his work centered on program evaluation and community needs assessment. Chris currently works as a graduate research assistant on a community-based participatory project with local refugee ethnic community based organizations (ECBOs).

Chris is also a co-founder and the Outreach Coordinator for the Shelter Inclusiveness Policy Project, a program that works with domestic violence service providers to ensure equal access to services for transgender domestic violence survivors. Chris has worked in social services for nearly fifteen years, spending the last six providing support to survivors of intimate partner violence through local shelter programs.

Research Interests

Chris’s research interests center around participatory action research methods and community practice strategies, with a specific focus on community organizing and capacity building with oppressed and marginalized communities. He is also interested in the application of critical pedagogical frameworks within social work, specifically as conceptualized through the work of Myles Horton and Paulo Freire.


Chris's current work is focused on the application of participatory action research methods with refugees from Burma who have resettled in the United States, with a particular interest in community building and community organizing strategies.

Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 515Bridge Seminar II
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
SWG 682Community Participation Strats
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services I
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 498Pro-Seminar
SWG 591Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 682Community Participation Strats
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 619Practice-Oriented Research
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 598Special Topics