Daniel Keyser

Daniel KeyserDaniel Keyser



Daniel Keyser received a BA and BS from the University of Maryland, College Park and his MSW from San Diego State University.  His dissertation research uses mixed methods to examine birth parents’ experiences and perspectives with early childhood mental health services and child welfare.  His research focuses on improving children’s mental health, child welfare services, and mental health service utilization.  As a Graduate Research Assistant, Daniel has worked on projects funded by the Maryland Department of Human Services to improve child welfare services throughout Maryland as part of the Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement team and evaluating the implementation of Family Centered Practice models.  Daniel has over 11 years of experience working with children and families. For six years Daniel was a clinical social worker in the Department of Psychiatry and the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  At Rady’s he used his training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy and the Trauma Assessment Pathways Model to improve mental health outcomes for children and families involved in the child welfare system and systems of care in San Diego, California.   Prior to social work Daniel was a social studies and special education teacher in urban schools in Maryland and California.

Research Interests:
Mental health and child welfare
Early childhood mental health
Mental health services for children and families
Mental health service delivery systems
Child welfare practice models

Teaching Interests:
Children’s mental health
Mental health generalist practice
Advanced clinical practice
Early childhood
Child welfare and mental health service delivery systems