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Beer, Oliver W. J.

PhD Graduate
Pronouns: he, him, his

Research Interests
Health and well-being of social workers and the allied health professions
Social worker's; Coping behaviors in response to work-related stressors
Short and longer-terms health impacts of occupational distress
Online/app. mindfulness-based stress reduction programs
Information and communication technologies
Online recruitment methods
Social work education and the role of technology
Digital research methodologies
Qualitative research
Mixed methods research


Oliver W. J. Beer, MSc, is a doctoral candidate and has five years of practice experience in the United Kingdom (Social Work England registration, SW109834). Oliver’s research focuses on the health and well-being of the child protection workforce and introduces innovative approaches to prevent or reduce work-related stress. His dissertation, “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”, investigates whether a brief online mindfulness-based intervention is a feasible, acceptable, and potentially effective approach to addressing the stress crisis among child welfare workers in the UK. Additionally, the study aims to better understand the feasibility of using social media platforms for the online recruitment of Children and Families Social Workers. Oliver has 14 peer-reviewed publications, including six first-authored manuscripts, in top-tiered and high impact journals such as The British Journal of Social Work, New Media & Society, and Child Abuse & Neglect. In addition, he has 17 manuscripts under review, and more than 30 conference presentations in the US, Mexico, England, and Japan. Oliver’s work in child welfare has resulted in several grants and awards, as well as appointments to multiple scholarly positions. Oliver was named a University Research Fellow at The University of Plymouth (UK) and a Research Affiliate at Western Kentucky University. In addition, Oliver directed the qualitative coding team for a national study examining compassion fatigue in Child Advocacy Center staff for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He has three years of online and in-person teaching experience as an instructor of undergraduate-level courses for students in the UK, Japan, and the US, and is currently developing a course, “Preparation for Academic and Professional Success”, for the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Oliver is expected to graduate in May 2022.