Dr. Derezotes, or “Dr. Dave” as his students call him, is Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) Program. He is also Professor in the College of Social Work (CSW) where he is the Chair of Mental Health, as well as the Director of the Bridge Training Clinic (BTC). He is currently developing a clinic for transgendered and other GLBTQ clients at the on-campus BTC, and supervising a BTC-West site in cooperation with University Neighborhood Partner, in order to work with and help empower under-served and minoritized populations, including our growing aging and refugee populations.
Dr. Derezotes teaches on the PhD, MSW, and undergraduate levels across campus. As Chair of Mental Health at the CSW, he is especially interested in helping students develop both artistic and scientific factors in micro, mezzo, and macro practice, and utilize all ways of knowing in informing practice (including both what is called “practice-based evidence” as well as “evidence-based practice”). He developed and teaches all of the new PCS classes. Teaching and mentoring of students and practitioners is especially important to him, and Dr. Derezotes strives to incorporate experiential learning in the classroom and community. He was given the University Distinguished Teaching Award last year, as well as the Philip and Miriam Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling, from the University of Utah Alumni Association.
As Director of PCS, he is currently working on many service projects, including the “Radical Middle” program on KRCL radio and the “Dialogue Training Group”, a group that focuses on social justice and diversity issues, co-sponsored by the University Women’s Resource Center. He is also involved in the community-based “Bridging the Religious Divide” dialogue project, which has provided opportunities for community healing for over a decade in Salt Lake City, as well as a dialogue group that focuses on deconstructing and transforming white male privilege.
Dr. Derezotes has focused much of his scholarship in model building, and has published five textbooks, including the most-recent “Transforming historical trauma through dialogue” (Sage, 2014). In his model building, Dr. Derezotes has especially looked at “Ecobiopsychosocial-spiritual” approaches to work with the interrelationships between human well-being, eco-system sustainability, and spirituality.
Finally, on days when he is not working, David can often be found somewhere in the Utah deserts, where he loves to wander and wonder in the wild beauties of our state.