David Wilkerson, MSW, Ph.D.

Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice

INAD 2020K
301 University Blvd.
(317) 274-7659
Area of responsibility:
IU Online & IUPUI

Curriculum Vitae


David Wilkerson is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work and an Affiliate Research Scientist with the Regenstrief Institute. In August 2016 he was appointed Director of IU School of Social Work's graduate program, MSW Direct. He led the development of the school’s e-Social Work Practice Graduate Certificate in partnership with the IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing. The certificate was approved by Indiana University’s Office of Online Education and Graduate Office in Feb. 2019 and will be the first telebehavioral and online social work practice training certificate offered in the United States by a school of social work education. In addition, he is a member of an interprofessional research team that investigates the leveraging of social media technology for support and self-management of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The team has published two articles on its pilot study on the uses of Facebook for joining social and support networks using innovative online collaborative methods of Friendsourcing and Social Micro-volunteering. In 2019, he became the PI for a research study to replicate their social media intervention for 80 Irish caregivers. The transnational project included collaboration with the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland and Care Alliance, Ireland.  In July 2020, he became director of IUSSW's first Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice.  

Area of Interest

Dr. Wilkerson's research interest centers on the investigation of online social work interventions and this interest have been spurred by the field of social work's grand challenge to harness technology for social good. His research addresses the gap in the development of technology designs that enable peer support to develop and contribute to the outcomes of online psychoeducation interventions. He has applied these interests in research with caregivers of behaviorally challenging adolescents and caregivers of persons with dementia.

Teaching Interest

Dr. Wilkerson's teaching interests focus on distance education (DE) faculty development and supporting social work graduate students to enter the field of telehealth practice. In 2019 for his interest in DE faculty development, he became the primary investigator (PI) for a scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) project that advanced an online faculty development and teaching community of practice for the IUSSW MSW Direct faculty. In its collaborative space, faculty obtained support, mentorship, and developed distance education pedagogical strategies. To support students in the field of telehealth, in 2015, he became the PI for a SOTL project that developed coursework in the field of social work online and telehealth practice. In 2019, three e-social work and telehealth practice courses and a School of Informatics and Computing elective were approved by the Indiana University for an e-Social Work Practice Graduate Certificate.

Practice Experience

Dr. Wilkerson's practice experience is in the field of mental health and his interest in the delivery of online social work intervention followed his training in the delivery of large scale community-based parent management training. He was awarded several grants to deliver programs in suburban and rural school systems. That work informed his later academic research on the delivery of online social work services.

Publications / Presentations

Wilkerson, DA, Wolfe-Taylor, S.N., Deck, C., Wahler, E.A., Davis, T.S. (2020). Telebehavioral practice basics for social worker educators and clinicians responding to COVID-19. Social Work Education: The International Journal. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2020.1807926

O’Sullivan, L., Wilkerson, D.A., Timmons, F., Deegan, K., & Bateman, D.R. (in press). Balancing dementia family carers’ rights to online supports with the rights of people with dementia to absolute privacy. International Journal of Care and Caring.

Wilkerson, D.A., Gregory, V., & Kim, H-W. (2020). Online psychoeducation with parent management training: Examining the contribution of peer support. Child and Family Social Work, 25(2)448-459. DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12701

Wilkerson, D.A., Wolfe-Taylor, S.N., & Kinney, M.K.(2019)Adopting e-social work practice: Pedagogical strategies for student decision making to address technology uncertainty. Journal of Social Work Education,DOI:10.1080/10437797.2019.1661920

Wilkerson, D.A., Bateman, D.R., Brady, E., & Yi, E-H. (2018). Friendsourcing peer support for Alzheimer’s caregivers using Facebook social media. Journal of Technology in Human Services. 36 (2-3) 105-124. DOI: 10.1080/15228835.2018.1449709

Bateman, D.R., Brady, E., Wilkerson D.A., Yi, E-H, Karanam, Y., Callahan, C.M. (2017). Comparing crowdsourcing and friendsourcing: a social media-based feasibility study to support Alzheimer disease caregivers. JMIR Res Protoc, 6(4):e56. DOI: 10.2196/resprot.6904

Wilkerson, D.A. (2016). Lurking in online discussion forums: Theoretical perspectives and implications for practice. Journal of Technology in Human Services 34(3), 256-266.

McGregor, K., Hall, J., Wilkerson, D., Bennett, L., & Ott, M. (2016). A social work perspective on paediatric and adolescent research vulnerability. Social Work and Social Sciences Review 18(2), 67-78.

Ouellette, P., & Wilkerson, D.A. (2013). Social Work Education: Electronic technologies. Encyclopedia of Social Work, New York, Oxford Press.

Wilkerson, D.A., & Kim, H-W. (2010). “We have a lot of sleeping parents:” Comparing inner-city andsuburban high school teachers’ experiences with parent involvement. Advances in Social Work, 11(2), 144-157.

Ouellette, P., & Wilkerson, D. A. (2008). “They Won’t Come:” Increasing Parent Involvement in Parent Management Training Programs for At-Risk Youths in Schools. School Social Work Journal, 32 (2), 39-53.

Wilkerson, D.A., & Ouellette, P. (2005). Community alternatives for love and limits (CALL): A community-based, family strengthening, multi-family intervention to respond to adolescents at risk. Advances in Social Work, 6 (2), 263-275.