Kyle Caler received his BA in Philosophy at West Virginia Wesleyan, his MSW with a clinical focus at Temple University and his PhD in Social Work at Rutgers University. Kyle worked in the field of disability support services for 7 years in a variety of positions before returning to obtain his PhD. During this time, he gained experience developing behavioral supports and using CBT & DBT therapy techniques with this population. Kyle has been involved in studies exploring the civic engagement of individuals with serious mental illness and the discharge and community placement process of a closing psychiatric hospital. Kyle’s dissertation involves the intersection of Q methodology and Critical Realism to explore the decision-making process of direct support staff in group homes for people with disabilities. Kyle is currently an assistant professor at California State University- Sacramento where he teaches classes in social work practice and human behavior in the social environment.