Faculty and Staff
Bree Alexander, Ph.D., LISW-CP, LCSW-S
| Assistant Professor/Undergraduate Program Director
|College of Social Work
|My LinkedIn profile
- Trauma Intervention and Recovery
- School Shootings (Mass and/or Collective Trauma)
- School Mental Health
- Mental Health with Children and Adolescents
- Spirituality and Faith in Coping
Dr. Bree Alexander joined the faculty of the College of Social work in 2022. She currently serves as the Interim Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work Program. She is a licensed independent social worker (LISW-CP) in the states of South Carolina and Texas (LCSW-S). She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Furman University, Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and completed her PhD in Social Work at Baylor University where she was nominated by faculty at Baylor University for the most outstanding dissertation award. Following completion of her doctoral degree, she became the first African American to obtain the PhD in Social Work from Baylor University, the youngest person to obtain the PhD in Social Work at Baylor, and among the first to complete the degree requirements in just three years.
Prior to teaching, Dr. Alexander worked as a clinical social worker providing mental health services and resources to patients and families in various settings including pediatric clinics, school-based mental health therapy, in-patient psychiatric facilities, and community-based settings.
Her research interests include school-shooting trauma and focuses on broader interests like youth and family mental health and public-school mental health services. Dr. Alexander has published articles in peer reviewed journals and textbooks related to her research in managing trauma in students and faculty in public schools in the U.S. after school shootings and is working toward developing connections with key players in this area to develop and pilot programs that could help to alleviate the trauma impact of school shootings and improve the trauma response from public schools. Additionally, she has research interests in the role of faith and spiritual practices in healing from trauma as well as race equity.