Brendan Young, DSW, LSW

MSW Program Director, Assistant Professor
Social Work
Brendan Young, DSW, LSW
Hayman Hall 361

Brendan Young, DSW LSW is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at La Salle University and Director of the MSW Program. As an alumnus of the program, Dr. Young has held several roles within the department, including previously chairing the Social Work Department Advisory Board where he assisted the department in preparing the Master of Social Work program. Dr. Young recently completed his Doctor of Social Work at Kutztown University, where his research focused on the role that social work education plays in preparing students to engage in the political process. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Young has worked for nearly a decade as a practicing social worker in health care settings. Dr. Young has worked for hospice organizations, as well as in Medicaid Managed Care, assisting clients with medically complex care needs gain access to care. Additionally, Dr. Young is engaged in local politics, working on several local, state, and federal political campaigns and serves as an elected committeeperson in Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise

Political Social Work Practice
Social Work and Healthcare
Research Methods


Kutztown University, Doctor of Social Work, Anticipated Spring 2022
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Master of Social Work, Summer 2013
La Salle University, Bachelor of Social Work, Spring 2012


People in Diverse Environments
Social Work Research Methods
Social Work and Healthcare
Social Work Capstone
Field Practicum

Accepted Publications
Stoeffler, S., Young, B., & Hassler, M. (2023). Embracing our values: Social work faculty progressivism in a conservative world. Journal of Values and Ethics.
Young, B., & Lem, S. (2023). A content analysis of political and policy-based learning objectives in social work theory textbooks. Sage Case Study.

Manuscripts in Progress
Young, B. (In Progress). Special topics across the curriculum: Political social work practice. Waveland Press.


Young, B., Mariscotti, J., Pollichemi, A., Laboy, R., & Myrick, M. (October 23rd-29th, 2023). Beyond filling the seats: Developing an equitable enrollment strategy. CSWE APM, Atlanta, Ga.
Young, B. & Stoeffler, S. (October 23rd-29th). Unable to act: The need for electoral activism content in HBSE Textbooks. CSWE APM, Atlanta, Ga.
Stoeffler, S & Young, B. (November 10th-13th, 2022). Ideology and Advancing Human Rights: Implications for Social Work Education. CSWE APM, Anaheim, Ca.
Young, B. (March 2nd-6th, 2022). Human Behavior in the Political Environment: A Content Analysis of Political Content in HBSE Textbooks: Baccalaureate Program Directors Conference, New Orleans, La.
Young, B. (February 26th, 2020). Equity at the Ballot Box: What a Pandemic can Teach us About Increasing Electoral Access, Workshop presented at: Kutztown University Human Diversity Conference.
Nuss, J., & Young, B. (October 25th-27th, 2020). Macro practice is needed now more than ever – but what can I do? Workshop presented at: National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania Conference, Virtual Format.
Nuss, J. & Young, B. (April 15th-17th, 2020). Macro practice is need now more than ever- but what can I do? Workshop presented at: Millersville University 7th Annual Learning Institute Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference, Virtual Format.
Defranco, M., Mariscotti, J., & Young, B. (2012). Bereavement Programs in Higher Education, Workshop presented at: Baccalaureate Program Directors Conference, Portland, Or.