Dr. Oliver W. J. Beer, Ph.D., MSc is an incoming Associate Professor (2022) at the University of Plymouth. Dr. Beer will continue his research within Plymouth's Institute for Health and Care Research and social work. Oliver’s research primarily focuses on the health and well-being of human service workers and organizations, utilizing innovative approaches to prevent and reduce work-related stress among workforces. Oliver earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in the College of Social Work. Prior to his Ph.D., he obtained an MSc (Distinction) at the University of Plymouth and his BA (Distinction) in social work from The Open University. Oliver remains a registered social worker in England.


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


  • Child Welfare League of America (2022-Present)
  • American Professional Society Abuse Children (2022-Present)
  • National Communication Association (2020-Present)
  • International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (2019-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)