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David McLeod

David McLeod, PhD, MSW

Professor & Interim Director

David McLeod

Campus: Norman


PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
MSW, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
BA in Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

David has spent the past three decades working to actively reduce violence, particularly that directed at people and communities with diminished capacities for self-protection. In addition to being a Professor and the Interim Director of the AHZSSW he holds affiliate faculty status with the OU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the OU Center for Social Justice, the OU Carceral Consortium, the OU Institute for Community and Society Transformation, and the Ruth Knee Institute for Transformative Scholarship. David is highly involved in the community and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forensic Social Work (, the Co-Editor of the Handbook of Forensic Social Work (available here), and the President Elect of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work ( For more on his background and work visit   

Research Interests

  • Criminal Behavior Development
  • Gender
  • Forensic Truma
  • Child Protection
  • Social Work Education