Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Interim Department Chair

Professor of Social Work


  • Michigan State University, Ph.D., 2001, East Lansing, Michigan
    Dissertation: Families that Care: an ethnographic study of families engaged in the provision of elder care
  • Western Michigan University, M.S.W., 1986, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Teaching Specialties

  • Social Work with aging individuals and families
  • Social Work in health care settings
  • International Social Work

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Family care giving dynamics
  • Population aging and related issues


  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers


Loretta Brewer is a professor and the MSW Program Director. She received her BSW and MSW degrees from Western Michigan and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 2001, Dr. Loretta Brewer taught social work courses at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University while engaging in private practice. She has extensive direct practice experience in the fields of mental health and aging. In addition, she has conducted research projects addressing the topic of family care giving in southwestern Michigan, the Mississippi Delta region, and Okinawa, Japan. 

Loretta Brewer

Contact Information

P: 870-972-3169
F: 870-972-3987


Building: Eugene W. Smith Hall
Room: 327N