Rebecka  Bloomer

Rebecka M Bloomer , Ph.D., MSSW

Asst Professor

Health Sciences Bldg
3225 Eden Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267


Master of Science in Social Work: University of Louisville (Social Work)

Doctorate of Philosophy: University of Louisville 2021 (Social Work)

Research and Practice Interests

Dr. Rebecka Bloomer holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work and Family Sciences at the University of Louisville (U of L). She completed a postdoc research position with The Center for Social Justice Youth Development Research in the School of Public Health & Information Sciences at U of L. Dr. Bloomer has worked on projects focused on the role of social justice youth development in improving outcomes for youth with historically excluded identities. She has over a decade of social work practice and research experience working with youth and families in community-based education spaces. The overarching goal of Dr. Bloomer’s research is to contribute to the well-being of youth facing discrimination and oppression by using methods and analytic techniques that amplify their voices and build critical consciousness. Her research seeks to challenge the paternalistic nature of youth serving systems and promote liberation through community-based participatory research methods. Her expertise is critical qualitative methodology, arts-based approaches, and community-based participatory research, but she also engages in mixed-methods research designs.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Bloomer, R., Harris, L.M., Brown, A. & Crosby, S. (2022. ) Exploring the promotion of youth voice in community-based youth development programs.Child & Family Social Work, , More Information

Harris, L., Williams, S., Nygeres, E., Bloomer, R. (2022. ) Beyond #FreeBritney: Teaching social workers surrogate decision making through the Spears case.Journal of Social Work Education, , More Information

Bloomer, R., Brown., A., Winters, A., & Domiray, A. (2021. ) “Trying to be Everything Else”: Describing Youth Development Worker Experiences with Challenges in the Context of Out of School Time Settings.Child and Youth Services Review, , More Information

Contact Information

Academic - Health Sciences Bldg
3225 Eden Ave
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267