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


  • Horwitz, S. & Skiff, D. (2007, June) Historical evidence for couples treatment for partner violence.  Family Therapy Magazine 32-34

  • 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. UMI 3357071

  • Horwitz, S., Mitchell, D., LaRussa-Trott, M., Santiago, L., Pearson, J., Skiff, D., & Cerulli. C. (2011) An inside view of police officers’ experience with domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence. 26, 617-625

  • Manning, S. &Skiff, D (2015) Branching out beyond healthcare: Interprofessional simulation. (White Paper) Education Management Solutions

  • Manning, S., Skiff, D., Santiago, L., & Irish A. (2016) Nursing and Social Work Emergency Department Simulation: Exploring Inter-professional Education (Under review)

Recent Presentations:

  • January 2013: Creating and sustaining radiant family relationships sermon series.
    St. Stephens Wesleyan Church. Concord, North Carolina.

  • March 2013: Cross disciplinary emergency room trauma simulation lab: Enhancing student’s crisis intervention skills.
    BPD. Myrtle Beach, SC.

  • June 2013: Inter-professional emergency room trauma simulation lab: Enhancing  student’s crisis intervention skills.
    Simulation Educators of Western NY conference.

  • October 2013: Inter-professional emergency room trauma simulation lab: Enhancing student’s crisis intervention skills.
    North American Association of Christian Social Workers Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

  • November 2014: Developing and Implementing a cross cultural course in Israel.
    North American Association of Christian Social Workers Conference. Annapolis, Maryland

  • March 2015: Inter-professional emergency room trauma simulation lab: Enhancing student’s crisis intervention skills.
    BPD. Kansas City, Missouri.

  • April 2015: Creating and sustaining radiant dating relationships.
    Grace Nazarene Youth Group. North Chili, NY

  • November 2015: Creating and sustaining radiant dating relationships.
    Finger Lakes Health System Agency, Renewing of the Mind workshop.

Professional Involvement:

  • North American Association of Christians in Social Working
  • Baccalaureate Program Directors
  • 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 three children live in High Point, NC. Our second daughter, Morgan, is an Elementary School Teacher and Basketball coach at High Point Christian Academy in High Point NC. Our son Jordan and his wife Brianna reside in Endicott, NY where he is an electrical engineer with Ensco Avionics.

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