David has spent over two decades working to actively reduce violence, particularly that directed at people and communities with diminished capacities for self-protection. In addition to being the Associate Director of Research and an Associate Professor at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, he holds affiliate faculty status with the OU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the OU Center for Social Justice, and is the Director of the Ruth Knee Institute for Transformative Research at the University of Oklahoma.
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, women’s and gender studies, and preparing future faculty. His research is focused on differential forensic psychopathology, violence, gender, and posttraumatic growth as well as connections between trauma and purpose. In addition to his commitment to CASMEO, David is a long-time board member of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, the Commission on Research for the Council of Social Work Education, and is the Chair of the Oklahoma Children of Incarcerated Parents Advisory Committee to the Legislature, along with numerous community related service projects. He is currently working on funded projects on topics across his substantive area of expertise, and his most recent publications include works on female sexual offending, trauma, domestic violence, and interprofessional criminal justice interventions. He has won numerous teaching, service, and research honors and is a four-time recipient of the Ann and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work "Professor of the Year" award.
For more on Dr. McLeod and his work please visit www.damcleod.com .