David Skiff, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work; Dean, School of Education and Social Work; Chair, Department of Social Work


  • BSW (1979) - Roberts   Wesleyan College
  • M.Div.(1983 - Asbury Theological  Seminary
  • LMSW  1984 - University of Kentucky
  • PHD 2009, University of Rochester



Areas of Specialty: 

  • Marriage and the Family
  • Intimate Partner Violence

Research &  Special Interest:

  • Research Assistant with the Laboratory of Violence and Victimization at the University of Rochester


  • Bassett, Sadler, Kobischen, Skiff, Merrill, Atwater and Livermore.  (1981) The shepherd scale:         Separating the sheep from the goats.Journal of Psychology and Theology,9(4), 335-351.
  • Horwitz, S. & Skiff, D. (2007, June) Historical evidence for couples treatment for partner violence.       Family Therapy Magazine32-34
  • Skiff, D., Horwitz, S., Larussa-Trott, M., Pearson, J., 7 Santiago, L.(2008) Engaging the clergy in       addressing partner violence in their faith communities. Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health       10(2) 101-117.
  • Skiff, D. (2009)  Measuring Partner Violence Chronicity and Prevalence in the Religious Community:       Contextualizing Marital Submission.  Doctoral Dissertation UMI 3357071

Recent Presentations:

  • 2009  Creating and Sustaining Radiant Relationships, First Bible Baptist Church, Rochester, NY.
  • 2010  Creating and Sustaining Radiant Relationships, Fairport United Methodist Church, Fairport, NY.
  • 2010  Developing a Mental Health Training Curriculum for Partner Violence: Implications for Social           Work Education and Practice.  BPD conference, Atlanta, Georgia

Professional Involvement:

  • North American Association of Christians in Social Working
  • Baccalaureate Program Directors
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • National Association of Deans and Directors

Courses Teaching at  RWC:

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Social and Ethical Diversity
  • SW Practice with Families
  • Family Violence Across the Lifespan

Married to wife Ester (RWC grad 1979). We have three children. Our oldest daughter Lauren Doyle (BSW at RWC 2005, MSW at UNC) and her husband Matthew and their son Keenan James. Our second daughter Morgan is a junior teacher education major at RWC and our son Jordan is a freshman engineering student at RIT.           

Favorite Activities: 
Most sports, hunting, hiking, reading and traveling with my wife.