Rebecka Bloomer, PhD, MSSW

Rebecka Bloomer

Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Research Manager
School of Public Health and Information Sciences

485 E Gray St., Room 025
Louisville, KY 40202


Dr. Rebecka Bloomer holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and History, with a specialization in the status of women in Francophone countries, and a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the Kent School of Social Work. Dr. Bloomer is completing her postdoc at The Center for Social Justice Youth Development Research in the School of Public Health & Information Sciences where she is engaging in projects focused on the role of social justice youth development in improving outcomes for historically excluded youth.

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. Her research seeks to challenge the paternalistic nature of youth serving systems through community-based participatory research methods. Her expertise is qualitative methodology (Grounded Theory) and arts-based approaches, but she also engages in mixed-methods research.

Research Interests

  • Social justice youth development
  • Equity
  • Youth voice
  • Youth workers
  • Arts-based research methods
  • Grounded theory

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