SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Behavioral Sciences


Richard Brewer
Richard Brewer
Richard Brewer
Professor of Psychology
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue, 209 Gott Educational Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Courses Taught: Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Methods & Practice, and Advanced Counseling Methods & Practice

Why do you enjoy teaching at SBU? "I firmly believe I am on the faculty of SBU due to divine appointment. This is my calling, not just a vocation. I have the opportunity to impact young minds. How humbling. My students are "sacred trusts". As such, I strive to be one agent in helping them discover who they were created to be and what they were created to do. The academic environment at SBU provides me the freedom to live and grow in my faith, to challenge others to do likewise, and to integrate my personal faith with my discipline. I enjoy challenging students to do the same. How incredibly challenging and rewarding!"

Faith Dedications: Brewer has been an active member of First Baptist Church in Bolivar since 1982. He has served on various committees, ushered, and taught Sunday School.

Educational and Professional Background: Brewer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies/Psychology from Southwest Baptist College in July 1978.  He earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton Graduate School in May 1981. Brewer completed the requirements for a Psy.D. from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in January 1991, the degree conferred in September 1991. Brewer completed his predoctoral internship from 1988-1989 at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

Brewer has taught at SBU since 1982 and provided counseling services at the Family Institute of the Ozarks since 1986. He was licensed as a psychologist in 1993. Brewer received the "Parkway Distinguished Teacher" in 2001, the "Orien B. Hendrix Distinguished Teacher" in 2002, and Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2006. From 1981 to 1982 he was employed as a therapist at the Quad-County Counseling Center in Princeton, Illinois.

Who is playing on your iPod? I do not own an iPod. It is nice to enjoy some silence and be meditative. I do enjoy an eclectic mix of music.

What book are you currently reading? I usually have several in process. I recently purchased "Under the Overpass" by Mike Yankoski. I am also reading "Man's Search for Identity by Rollo May", and "The Problem with Evangelical Theology..." by Ben Witherington, III.

What is the best getaway location, local or abroad? My motorcycle. It provides a sense of relaxation, freedom, and adventure. Of course, family and friends are high on my list, too.