Edward Byrnes, PhD

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  • Racial Disproportionality in Policing
  • Counseling and Therapy with Adolescents and Families


Ed Byrnes is a professor of social work. He teaches classes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), engagement and assessment, theoretical foundations of practice, research methodology and applied statistics. He is a frequent consultant to the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) where his contributions have included program evaluation and development, statistical data analysis and peer reviewing funding applications from community agencies. He has consulted for numerous state and local level mental health centers, courts, schools, and law enforcement and corrections agencies throughout the western United States. He has worked with the Spokane Police Department since 2014, collecting and analyzing data on the relationship between officer stops and arrests with race. Before embarking on his academic and research career, he worked clinically for 15 years with youth who were involved in the juvenile justice system with co-occurring mental health problems, and their families. Byrnes has logged approximately 20,000 direct service hours engaging clients in group, family and individual psychotherapy. He is an eclectic therapist applying the integrative model to his therapeutic work, and he is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis and Ericksonian Hypnosis. Byrnes, his wife, and grown children enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities that are abundant in the Inland Northwest.

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