David Rothwell

Assistant Professor

College of Public Health and Human Sciences
160 SW 26th St
Corvallis, OR 97331


Departmental Profile

Dr. Rothwell is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health at Oregon State University, and an Adjunct Professor at McGill's School of Social Work. He holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore and had practiced as a social worker in mental health and community economic development. His research is primarily concerned with questions such "what are the levels and trends of poverty over time and across the life course?" and "what are the causes and consequences of poverty and how do these vary across family structures?" He aims to understand the mechanisms driving social and economic inequalities. He is currently researching child poverty across countries and over time, poverty measurement based on financial assets and net worth, financial stability of families with a child with a neurodevelopmental disability, and factors that influence financial capability and inclusion. Much of this work compares policies and institutional frameworks between the US, Canada, and other OECD countries.



  • Poverty and families
  • Social policy
  • Comparative social welfare policy



PhD in Social Welfare (2008): University of Hawaii


Recent Publications

S. Giordono, Leanne & Jones, Michael & W. Rothwell, David. (2019). Social Policy Perspectives on Economic Inequality in Wealthy Countries.

W. Rothwell, David & Khan, Mohammad & Cherney, Katrina. (2018). Building Financial Knowledge Is Not Enough: Financial Self-Efficacy as a Mediator in the Financial Capability of Low-Income Families: Improving Financial Well-Being in Families and Communities. 10.4324/9781351202312-2.

Blumenthal, Anne & W. Rothwell, David. (2018). The Measurement and Description of Child Income and Asset Poverty in Canada. Child Indicators Research. 11. 10.1007/s12187-017-9525-0.

Akesson, Bree & Braganza, Morgan & Rothwell, David. (2017). An Empirical Appraisal of Canadian Doctoral Dissertations Using Grounded Theory: Implications for Social Work Research and Teaching. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 37. 10.1080/08841233.2017.1386259.

Weon, Soyoon & W. Rothwell, David. (2017). The impact of the hope growing account program on participants’ economic well-being in South Korea. Asian Social Work and Policy Review. 11. 10.1111/aswp.12129.