David McClung is the youth engagement specialist with the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. He works in the Texas System of Care project, where he helps to lead ACCEPT, a cross-system group of youth and young adults ages 13-25 from across the state who work together for system transformation by supporting partnerships between, youth, young adults, and organizations. David graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and Baylor University with a masters of social work and master of divinity. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in social work at Baylor University and hopes to graduate in 2018. His research interests include natural support systems, the role of congregations in mental health, and youth participatory action research. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, keeping up with current events, reading, and watching movies.