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David W. Engstrom

David W. Engstrom, Associate Professor

David W. Engstrom, Professor

Graduate Program Coordinator
Curriculum Co-Chair

Phone: (619) 594-5966
Office:HH 205

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  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1992
  • MSW, University of Chicago, 1983
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1980

Scholarly Areas

International Social Work, Cross-border and immigration issues, survivors of torture


David W. Engstrom, Ph.D., M.A., is a Professor of Social Work at San Diego State University. His research focuses on immigration policy and services to immigrants and refugees. Dr. Engstrom has written extensively on the plight of vulnerable immigrant populations, such as torture survivors and trafficked persons and has explored the role of bilingual social workers in service delivery. Dr. Engstrom founded the MSW Thailand Summer Internship Program in 2002 and has supervised nearly 70 students in internships ranging from child welfare to human trafficking to mental health. He has been a visiting professor at the Faculty of Social Administration at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Engstrom is presently setting up collaborations with academic institutions in Mexico.