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David Dupper, PhD

David R. Dupper, PhD
Professor and BSSW Program Director


David R. Dupper, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Social Work. Dr. Dupper assumed the role of director of the BSSW Program in July 2013. 

He is interested in enhancing the educational success of students who are at-risk of school failure by focusing on factors that contribute to school exclusion. He’s written two books, numerous book chapters and many papers on topics including school violence, bullying, school discipline and at-risk students. He is currently interested in evaluating the effectiveness of an empathy training program for undergraduate social work students that incorporates mindfulness practices. 



  • BSW, Florida State University
  • MSW, Florida State University
  • PhD, Florida State University


Research Interests

  • School social work
  • At-risk adolescents
  • Bullying prevention
  • Empathy training


Courses Taught

  • Interviewing Skills and the Helping Relationship in Social Work Practice (SW 312)
  • Integrative Seminar (SW 460) 
  • Spirituality, Religion, and Social Work (SW 540)



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