Edgar H. Tyson

Associate Professor
Phone: 212-636-6645
Email: tyson@fordham.edu
Office: Lincoln Center 725A


BS, MSW, Barry University

PhD, University of Tennessee

Research Interests

Culturally competent mental health assessment

Culturally competent intervention with youth

Youth culture in intervention

Juvenile delinquency


Although the primary lens from which I view and understand education and practice is social work and social welfare, my formal training and development has been grounded in a multidisciplinary perspective. Along with a minor in biology, I have taken courses and participated in advanced workshops facilitated by professors and scholars from disciplines such as statistics, religion, philosophy, economics, law, political science, cultural and intercultural studies, musicology, sociology and psychology at Barry University and The University of Tennessee. The convergence of these diverse and rich disciplinary fields or subject areas has forged my scholarly interests and research program in three main focus-areas: cultural competence in assessment of child mental health and behavioral outcomes; applying contemporary, urban youth culture (e.g., hip hop) in prevention and intervention research; and developing and strengthening hip hop-based delinquency prevention and civic engagement models for youth. My academic training is complemented by more than 15 years of social work practice experience in community-based, psychiatric, child welfare and juvenile justice settings.

I bring this practice and academic experience and training to the classroom, stressing critical thinking and scholarly writing as the fundamental competencies needed to succeed in graduate school. In terms of community service, I have made a life-time commitment to strengthening community-based organizations and institutions with a mission to pursue social justice, collective-efficacy of underserved communities, and growth and development of youth.

Joining the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service in 2007, I gained a great opportunity to work at an institution with a commitment to social work knowledge and education, social justice and urban health and to making a significant difference within a uniquely diverse city and region of the world.

Selected Publications

Tyson, E. H., Ryan, S., Gomory, T., and Teasley, M. (2008). Cultural issues: Diversity and child welfare. In R. Lee (Ed.), Foster Care Therapist Handbook: Relational Approaches to the Children and Their Families. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America.

Tyson, E. H. (2008). Directions in rap music research: A content analysis of empirical studies published between 1987 and 2003. Journal of Urban Youth Culture, 5, 1-27.

Teasley, M. L., Tyson, E. H., and House, L. (2007). Understanding leadership development in African American youth. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 15(2/3), 79-98.3.

Kobin, C., and Tyson, E. H. (2007). Hip hop in therapy: Empathic connections and thematic goals for treatment with clients from urban settings. Arts in Psychotherapy, 33,343-356.

Teasley, M. L., and Tyson, E. H. (2007). Cultural wars and the attack on multiculturalism: An afrocentric critique. Journal of Black Studies, 37(3), 390-409.

Tyson, E. H. (2006). The Rap-music Attitude and Perception Scale: A validation study. Research on Social Work Practice, 16, 211-223.