College of Health, Human Services & Science
Dr. Stephen Brewer is licensed clinical psychologist in California (PSY 26277) and joined Ashford University as an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Sciences in 2012. He holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology as well as an MA in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA and a BS in Psychology from University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on online learning communities and on psychologist and counselor competence in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples, and families. Among other clinical training experiences, he completed a practicum at the Salvation Army Adult Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in San Diego and was a Psychological Intern at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. At his private practice, Dr. Brewer specializes in working with people who have problems with addictive behaviors, mood disorders, complex PTSD, and chronic minority stress. Because of his clinical expertise, Dr. Brewer is the lead faculty member at Ashford for PSY 303 – Abnormal Psychology.
Dr. Brewer is a faculty advisor for Ashford's Online Psychology Club.
Dr. Brewer was an associate faculty member at Ashford for two and a half years while finishing his doctorate and, after graduating, decided to teach full time. “I was drawn to Ashford University because of its commitment to providing high quality, affordable education to people who might otherwise not have access to such an education.” To students, he advises, “Remember that your professor is a geek in their area of study! We love hearing about new ideas and developments in our area of expertise, so engaging a professor’s inner nerd is one of the easiest ways to get a professor to notice and remember you favorably.” Dr. Brewer is a Doctor Who fanatic and a foodie who appreciates the flourishing microbrewery community in San Diego, CA, where he lives.
Drs. Stephen Brewer and Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professors, and Dr. Eric Klein, Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Health, Human Services, and Science had a presentation proposal entitled “Learning Better Together: Outcomes Related to Motivation to Join an Online Learning Community” accepted as an Information Session presented at the 20th Annual Conference on Online Learning, held October 29-31, 2014.