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David Wilkerson

  • Ph.D., MSW
  • Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice / Associate Professor
  • Central Administration - All Campuses



David Wilkerson is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) and Director of the IUSSW Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice.



2014 - Indiana University

Dissertation: Integrating individual and social learning strategies in a small-group model for online psychoeducational intervention: A mixed methods study of a parent-management training program


Emphasis/Major: Mental Health
1979 - Indiana University


Emphasis/Major: Sociology
1973 - Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis

Research Interests

Dr. Wilkerson's primary research interests focus on integrating technology with social work practice in the critical areas of peer support and psychoeducation. His impact in this area has included interdisciplinary publications on technology for support and self-management of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He also developed and researched a model for Digital Hybrid Group Psychoeducation and coedited the international text: Social Work in an Online World: A Guidebook to Digital Practice (2023). Other work in this area includes the development and research for a Telepractice basics CE program that has had over 10,000 participants. His work for integrating technology with education and practice includes research for 'Because You Matter', rural telehealth practice field practicum that is delivered through rural libraries.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Wilkerson's primary teaching interests focus on integrating technology into social work education. In 2015, he was PI for a SOTL project that created the school's first telepractice (e-social work) courses. Following this, he developed and received school and university approval for the first online e-Social Work Practice Graduate Certificate delivered by a social work education program in the United States. In 2022, he led the development for a fourth telepractice course, Digital Equity, Digital Citizenship, Data Justice and Practice. Students develop competencies to advance digital equity for marginalized and vulnerable clients and develop critical perspectives on AI, predictive data systems, and data justice. As the director of the IUSSW Office of eSocial Work Education and Practice, he manages the design, delivery, learning technologies, maintenance, and accessibility for IUSSW’s graduate online courses. In coordination with the Office's Associate Director he manages administration of e-simulations, e-social work practice course delivery, faculty onboarding, and faculty distance education professional development.

Awards and Honors

  • September Scholar of the Month
    2022 - IUPUI Center for Transnational Research

  • 2020 - IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning and the Institute for Engaged Learning
  • Early Career Teaching Academy Faculty Mentor
    2018 - Center for Teaching and Learning, IUPUI
  • Esprit Spirit of Inquiry Award
    2006 - Indiana University School of Social Work