David Axlyn McLeod


Education: A.A. Law Enforcement (2004), B.A. Criminal Justice (2005), & M.S.W. (2009), University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Ph.D. Social Work (2013), Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests: Criminal Behavior Development, Gender, Forensic Trauma, Child Protection, Social Work Education

Website: www.damcv.com

David has spent the better part of the past two decades working to actively reduce violence, particularly that directed at people and communities with diminished capacities for self-protection. In addition to being an Assistant Professor in the SSW he holds affiliate faculty status with the OU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the OU Center for Social Justice as well as being a Faculty Associate with the OU Knee Center for Strong Families. A former police detective who transitioned to become a forensic social worker, David has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in programs of social work, criminal justice, and preparing future faculty. His research is focused on the intersection of criminal behavior development, gender, and trauma. Some of David's current professional activities include investigations of differential criminal behavior development, female sexual offending, female incarceration, child sexual abuse, child protection and child protective service provision, intra-professional and multidisciplinary collaboration, and human sex trafficking. He’s also highly committed to justice policy advocacy, technology enhanced and progressive social work education, and organizational ethics, among other things. David is a board member of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work and is currently working on multiple funded research projects. His most recent publications include works on female sexual offending, child welfare, the ethical administration of social work education, and dating violence prevention programming. He has won numerous teaching, service, and research awards including the student selected "Professor of the Year" award in his first year on faculty with the Ann and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.

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