Dr Oliver Beer
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Dr Oliver Beer

Associate Professor of Social Work

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

Dr. Oliver Beer is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Professions. Oliver’s research primarily focuses on the health and well-being of the child protection workforce, utilizing innovative approaches to prevent and reduce work-related stress. Oliver has multiple peer-reviewed publications in rigorous journals (see Publications), and more than 30 academic conference presentations in four different countries. Dr. Beer's work has been recognized by multiple grants, awards, and academic appointments.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Social Work, The Ohio State University (2022)
  • MSc, Research Methods (Distinction), The University of Plymouth (2016)
  • BA Social Work (Distinction), The Open University (2015)

Professional membership

  • National Communication Association (2020-Present)
  • Academy of Integrated Health Medicine (2019-Present)
  • American Public Health Association (2019-Present)
  • Council on Social Work Education (2018-Present)
  • Social Work England (2018-Present)
  • Society for Social Work Research (2018-Present)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (2015-2018)

Roles on external bodies

  • Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Plymouth, Institute of Health and Care (2021-Present)
  • Research Fellow, The Center for Child Welfare Education and Research, Western Kentucky University (2021-Present)

Research

Research

Research interests

  • The health and well-being of the health and social professionals (e.g., social workers, nurses, law enforcement)
  • Coping behaviors in response to occupational stress
  • Online mindfulness-based stress reduction programs
  • Innovative approaches to health and well-being (e.g., eHealth)
  • Innovative approaching to education (e.g., online simulations, virtual reality)
  • Experiences of online microaggressions among LGBTQ+ youth
  • The longer-term impacts of parental substance use and incarceration on African American youth

Grants & contracts

  • Eaton, A. D., McInroy, L. B., Dillon, F. R., Shuper, P. A, Beckwell, E., & Busch, A., & Beer, O. W. J. (2022-2025). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Identity, development, attraction, and behaviour of heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men. Insight Grant ($297,405 CAD).
  • Beer, O. W. J., & Griffiths, A. (2022-2024). Quick Turn Around Grant, Western Kentucky University. Exploring Stress and Health Outcomes Among Child Welfare Workers and Supervisors in Kentucky ($3,000 USD).
  • Beer, O. W. J., & Asthana, S. (2021-2024). Impact Grant, The University of Plymouth. Building a Future Ready Workforce (£500 GBP).
  • Griffiths, A., Link, K., … Beer, O. W. J. (2021-2023). LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research ($108,068 USD).
  • Beer, O. W. J. (2021-2023). College of Social Work, The Ohio State University, The Sequel to the Prequel: A Novel and Cautious Approach to Curating Mindful Child Welfare Workers and Addressing the Stress Phenomenon within England’s Child Protection System ($1,600 USD).
  • Beer, O. W. J. (2021-2022). Seed Fund Grant, College of Social Work, The Ohio State University. The Sequel to the Prequel: A Novel and Cautious Approach to Curating Mindful Child Welfare Workers and Addressing the Stress Phenomenon within England’s Child Protection System ($1,000 USD).
  • Bunger, A., Phillips, R., & Beer, O. W. J. (2021-2022). Public Children's Services of Ohio. Building a 21st Century Children Services Workforce. ($30,000 USD).
  • McInroy, L. B., & Beer, O. W. J. (2020-2023). Sub-Award from the University of Toronto (Grant: Queerying Resilience). Beyond the “Plus Sign”: Mapping the Identity Development Trajectories and Self-Labelling of Gender and Sexual Minority Youth. ($21,364.75 USD).

Publications

Publications

Journals

Johnson-Motoyama, M., Ginther, D. K., Oslund, P., Jorgenson, L., Chung, Y., Phillips, R., Beer, O. W. J., Davis, S., & Sattler, P. L. (2022). Association Between State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Policies, Child Protective Services Involvement, and Foster Care in the US, 2004-2016. JAMA network open, 5(7), e2221509. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.21509

Johnson-Motoyama, M., Ginther, D. K., Phillips, R., Beer, O. W. J., Merkel-Holguin, L., & Fluke, J. (2022). Differential response and the reduction of child maltreatment and foster care services utilization in the U.S. from 2004 to 2017. Child Maltreatment. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F10775595211065761

McInroy, L. B., Zapcic, I., & Beer, O. W. J. (2021). Online Fandom Communities as Networked Counterpublics: LGBTQ+ Youths’ Perceptions of Representation and Community Climate. ConvergenceThe International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. https://doi.org/10.1177/13548565211032377

Boyd, D. T., Quinn, C. R., Jones, K. V., & Beer, O. W. J. (2021). Suicidal ideations and Attempts Within the Family Context: The Role of Parent Support, Bonding, and Peer Experiences with Suicidal Behaviors. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-021-01111-7

Quinn, C. R., Beer, O. W. J., Boyd, D. T., Tirmazi, T., Nebbitt, V., & Joe, S. (2021). An assessment of the role of parental incarceration and substance misuse in suicidal planning of African American youth and young adults. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-021-01045-0

McInroy, L. B., & Beer, O. W. J. (2021). Adapting vignettes for online social science survey research: Eliciting realistic responses to the digital milieu. International Journal of Social Research Methodologyhttps://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2021.1901440

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., Letson, M. M., & Wolf, K. G. (2021). Personal and Professional Impacts of Work-Related Stress: Alleviation Strategies Among Child Welfare Workers in Child Advocacy Center Settings. Children and Youth Services Review, 122, 105904. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105904

McInroy, L. B., & Beer, O. W. J. (2020). Wands up! Internet-mediated social advocacy organizations and youth-oriented connective action. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820964809

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., Stepney, L., & Quinn, C. R. (2020). The feasibility of mindfulness training to reduce stress among social workers: A conceptual paper. The British Journal of Social Work, 50(1), 243-263. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz104

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., & Quinn, C. R. (2020). Exploring stress, coping, and health outcomes among social workers. The European Journal of Social Work, 24(2), 317-330. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2020.1751591

Letson, M. M., Davis, C., Sherfield, J., Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., & Wolf, K. G. (2019). Identifying compassion satisfaction, burnout, & traumatic stress in children’s advocacy centers. Child Abuse & Neglect, 110(3), 104240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104240

Beer, O. W. J., & Asthana, S. (2016). Breaking Point. The British Association of Social Workers, 24-25. https://www.basw.co.uk/system/files/resources/basw_63949-5.pdf


Chapters

Johnson-Motoyama, M., Phillips, R., & Beer, O. W. J. (2021). Disproportionality and disparities among Latinx children in J. Dettlaff (Ed.), Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in the Child Welfare System. Springer. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-54314-3


Conference Papers

Griffiths, A., Beer, O. W. J., Powell, L., Link, K., & Haughtigan, K. (2022). Utilizaing biometric data to better understand the psychological and physiological impacts of work-related stress among child welfare workers: Implications for Title IV-E training and education partnerships. Title IV-E Conference. Bowling Green, KY (May 17-19).

Haughtigan, K., Links, K., Griffiths, A., Beer, O. W. J., & Powell, L. (2022). Combining diverse perspectives: Developing a multidisciplinary collaboration to improve child welfare worker health. Title IV-E Conference. Bowling Green, KY (April 17-19).

Phillips, R. J., Beer, O. W. J., & Maluku, A. (2022). Community Resilience: Conceptualization and Operationalization within Social Science Research. ResilienceCon (April 3-5)

Griffiths, A., & Beer, O. W. J. (2022). Novel Actions to Understanding the Health and Coping Responses of the Child Welfare Workforce: Efforts from a Collective Partnership. Child Welfare League of America Conference. Washington, DC (April 27-29).

McInroy, L. B., Beer, O. W. J., Scheadler, T. R., Shelley, C., & Eaton, A. (2022). Psychophysiological Impacts of Online Prejudice and Digital Microaggressions for LGBTQ+ Youth. Washington, DC (January 12-16).

McInroy, L. B., Beer, O. W. J., Zapcic, I., T., Shelley, C., & Eaton, A. (2022). The O(nline) N(egativity) Study: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Experiences with Digital Microaggressions. Washington, DC (January 12-16).

Phillips, R., Beer, O. W. J., & Bunger, A. (2021). Conceptualizing Occupational Stress: A Scoping Review of the Development and Application of Theories, Models, and Frameworks. The Society of Social Work and Research (January 19-22).

McInroy, L. B., Beer, O. W. J., Zapcic, I. (2021). Digital Vignettes: Innovative Data Collection in Online Survey Research. The Society for Social Work Research (January 19-22).

McInroy, L. B., Beer, O. W. J., & Zapcic, I. (2020). Online-Mediated Social Advocacy Organizations and Youth-Oriented Civic Participation. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE): 66th Annual Program Meeting (November 16-20).

Beer, O. W. J., McInroy, L. B., & Kirch, J. (2021). Using online simulation to build competencies and skills in assessment and documentation. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Miama, FL (November 24-27). [Withdrawn due to COVID-19].

Quinn, C. R., Horton-Simmons, S., Boyd, D. T., Beer, O. W. J., Waller, B., Lynch, R., Radney, A., Hughley, A., Menon, S., Jones, K., Coker, E., DiClemente, R., & Voisin, D. R. (2021). Substance Use and Gang Involvement among Justice-Involved Black Girls. Panel presentation for the Association for Justice-involved Females and Organizations. Atlanta, GA.

Phillips, R., Beer, O. W. J., & Bunger, A. (2021). Conceptualizing Occupational Stress: A Scoping Review of the Development and Application of Theories, Models and Frameworks. The Society of Social Work and Research (January 19-22).

McInroy, L. B., Beer O. W. J., Zapcic, I. (2021). Digital Vignettes: Innovative Data Collection in Online Survey Research. The Society for Social Work Research (January 19-22).

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, Letson, M. M., & Wolf, K. G. (2020). Exploring the impact of work-related stress and stress alleviation strategies among child welfare workers in children’s advocacy centers. American Public Health Association’s 2020 Virtual Expo. Annual Meeting and Expose (October 24-28).

McInroy, L. B., Zapcic, I., & Beer, O. W. J. (2020). Online Fandom Communities as Stratified Counterpublics: LGBTQ+ Youths’ Perceptions of Representation and Advocacy. National Communication Conference: 106th Annual Convention: Communication at the Crossroads (November 19-22).

McInroy, L. B., & Beer, O. W. J., (2020). Wands Up! Online-Mediated Social Advocacy Organizations and Youth-Oriented Connective Action. National Communication Conference: 106th Annual Convention: Communication at the Crossroads (November 19-22).

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., Quinn, C. R. (2020). Exploring stress, coping, and health Outcomes among social workers. The Summit on Promoting Well-Being and Resilience in Healthcare Professionals (October 21-23).

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., & Quinn, C. R. (2019). Mindfulness for reducing social worker stress: A scoping review and adapted model. Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine: Annual Conference (People, Planet, Purpose), San Diego, CA (October 9-11).

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., & Quinn. (2019). The feasibility of mindfulness practice to reduce social workers’ stress: Future directions. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program, Denver, CO (October 24-27).

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., & Quinn, C. R. (2019). Re-thinking social work stress: Preliminary findings from central Ohio. The Society for Social Work and Research conference, San Francisco, CA (January 16-20).

Phillips, R., Beer, O. W. J., Maleku, A., Rodriguez, M., & Kaiser, M. (2019). Conceptualizing and operationalizing community resilience: A scoping review of the social and health sciences literature. The Society for Social Work and Research conference, San Francisco, CA (January 16-20).

Kagotho, N., Maleku, R., Phillips, R., & Beer, O. W. J. (2018). Feminization of migration: Contesting identities and disrupting gender norms. American Public Health Association: Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (October 25-29).

Maleku, A., Subedi, B., Phillips, R., & Beer, O. W. J. (2018). Building resilience among young Bhutanese refugee women in a Mid-Western U.S. city: Findings from a culturally responsive leadership project. American Public Health Association: Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (October 25-29).

Quinn, C., Nebbitt, V., Tirmazi, T., Joe, S., & Beer, O. W. J. (2018). Impact of parental incarceration and substance use on suicidal planning of African American youth living in urban public housing. Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC (January 10-14).

Beer, O. W. J., Quinn, C. R., & Stepney, L. (2018). The feasibility of Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress, Depression, and Anxiety among Practicing Social Workers – a Conceptual Paper. The Social Pedagogy and Social Education International Conference, Puebla, Mexico. (February 22-24).

Beer, O. W. J., & Asthana, S. (2016). What causes stress in social work? A national survey of social workers in England. Postgraduate Society Research Showcase, Plymouth, U.K. (December 14-16).

Internet Publications

Beer, O. W. J., & Asthana, S. N. M. (2016). What causes stress in social work? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKu_I4B3R1Y


Reports

Beer, O. W. J., Shockley McCarthy, K., & Palmer, D. (2021). Campus Revitalization Survey. College of Social Work, The Ohio State University.

Bunger, A., & Beer, O. W. J. (2019). Recovery Orientated Systems of Care (ROSC) in Ohio: Statewide Assessment Results (2018). The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. https://www.oacbha.org/docs/ROSC_State_Report.pdf

Beer, O. W. J. (2016). Project SEARCH Europe: Conference Report. Project SEARCH. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


Presentations and posters

McInroy, L. B., Holston, J., & Beer, O. W. J. (2021). Using Simulation to Train Social Work Students in Assessing Opioid Use Disorder. Council on Social Work Education: CSWE 66th Annual Program Meeting. (November 16-20).

Johnson-Motoyama, M., Phillips, R., Beer, O. W. J., & Damman, J. (2020). Changing Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect in the US: A Twelve-YearRetrospective. Society of Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.(January 15-19). 

Beer, O. W. J., Phillips, R., & Quinn, C. R. (2019). Stress, coping, and well-being among social workers. Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine: Annual Conference (People, Planet, Purpose), San Diego, CA. (October 9-11).

Phillips, R., Beer, O. W. J., & Maleku, A. (2019). Exploring mental health inequities among ruralminority youth: Preliminary findings. Society for Social Work and Research conference, San Francisco, CA. (October 9-11).

Other Publications

Beer, O. W. J., & Asthana, S. N. M. (2016). How stress impacts social workers and how they’re trying to cope. Community Care. https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/09/28/stress-impacts-social-workers-theyre-trying-cope

Beer, O. W. J., & Asthana, S. N. M. (2016). What can we do about stress and associated health risks? Evidence from a study of social workers in England. Social Work Helper. https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2016/10/26/can-stress-associated-health-risks

Personal

Personal

Reports & invited lectures

  • McInroy, L. B., & Beer, O. W. J. (2022). Five Stages of Effective Survey Design and Online Recruitment. The University of Kentucky, United States.
  • Beer, O. W. J. (2021). Burned Out? Exploring Stress, Coping Strategies, and Health Outcomes Among Health Workers. The Ohio-Speech-Language-and-Hearing Association: Learning Academy.
  • Beer, O. W. J. (2020). Stress, Coping, and Potential Health Outcomes. Department of Speech and Language, The Ohio State University, United States.
  • McInroy, L. B., & Beer, O. W. J. (2020). Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Research Methods. Webinar for the International Student Training Network (ISTN) of the International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR) [International].
  • Johnson-Motoyama, M., Phillips, R., & Beer, O. W. J. (2019). A history of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Developing Child Welfare Systems: Lessons learned. The University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Bunger, A., & Beer, O. W. J. (2018). Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Systems of Care: Statewide assessment results. Presented to The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, Columbus, Ohio, United States.

Other academic activities

Peer-Reviewer (Manuscript)

  • Child Welfare League of America (2021-Present)
  • Journal of Social Work (2021-Present)
  • Psychology and Sexuality (2021-Present)
  • Journal of Child Welfare (2021-Present)
  • Children and Youth Services Review (2019-Present)
  • Child Maltreatment (2021-Present)
  • Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance (2020-Present)
  • Various, The Ohio State University (2020-2022)
  • Public Library of Science: PLoS ONE (2020-Present)
  • American Public Health Association (2018-Present) [Conference Abstracts]
  • European Journal of Social Work (2019-Present)
  • The British Journal of Social Work (2018-Present)

Additional information

Awards/Recognition:

  • Nancy Bailey Award, Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2021)
  • Angela Lane Community Award for Leadership in Child Welfare (2021)
  • Community Award, The Ohio State University, College of Social Work (2020)
  • Community Award, The Ohio State University, College of Social Work (2018)

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