Dr David Hodgson is Senior Lecturer in social work at Curtin University, School of Allied Health, and is the co-lead of the Valuing Lived Experience Program in the Curtin School of Allied Health, a program to support meaningful involvement of people with mental health lived experience in the education of allied health professionals. He has 20 years’ experience in social work education, and extensive experience as a qualitative social researcher, particularly in theoretically informed research and evaluation designs and methods that promotes deep understanding and critical analysis of complex social phenomena.
David’s research is informed by social justice principles, and the application and interpretation of critical and philosophical theories to research problems and solutions. His other research covers a range of projects and contexts in the areas of: youth; mental health; family and domestic violence policy research evaluation; out-of-home-care; social work education; and, early stage social program and policy evaluation. David has recently co-authored two theory texts, which involved a sustained and systematic investigation into social work theories, sociological and psychological theories, and political and moral philosophy, including how these inform social work and social justice thinking and practice.