Dr. Amanda M. Brouwer

 Dr. Amanda Brouwer  


• PhD Health and Social Psychology - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
• MS Psychology - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
• Graduate Certificate in Public Health - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
• BA Psychology - Northwestern College, Orange City,  IA
Dr. Brouwer’s areas of interests are the social psychological factors that influence health and health behaviors, particularly for people living with or at risk for chronic disease. Specifically, she is interested in how factors such as social identity, the self, social support and self-efficacy affect goals and motivation to perform health behaviors. She is currently exploring the role of the self-as-doer identity in health behaviors such as eating and physical activity.

Dr. Brower teaches the following courses:

  • PSY 210 Intro to Psychological Science
  • PSY 231 Statistics
  • PSY 327 Health Psychology
  • PSY 325 Social Psychology
  • PSY 331 Advanced  Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology

A complete list of Dr. Brouwer's interests and publications can be found on her curriculum vitae (PDF).

Supervised Student Research

There will be opportunities to assist with Dr. Brouwer's research examining the effects of different educational and motivational interventions on health behaviors like healthy eating and physical activity. The purpose of these studies is to develop basic research to be used to help develop ways to improve health behaviors. There will also be other opportunities for students to assist with Dr. Brouwer's research in one or more of the above areas. Students with an idea for independent research are also welcome to propose a new project.


Vento, K. A., & Brouwer, A. M. (2019). What happens after the in-season?: Exploring off-season stress of college football athletes. Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, 26, 27-33.

Brouwer, A. M., Foster, R. H., & Jalensky, A. (2018). An alternative school model for pregnant and parenting teens: A qualitative analysis. (PDF) Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal [Online First]. doi.org/10.1007/s10560-018-0575-z

Brouwer, A. M. (2017). Motivation for health behavior change: The self-as-doer identity. (PDF) New York, NY: Routledge.

Foster, R. H., Brouwer, A. M., Dillon, R., Bitsko, R., Godder, K., & Stern, M. (2017). “Cancer was a speed bump in my path to enlightenment:” A qualitative analysis of emerging adult survivors’ childhood cancer experiences. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 35, 377-392. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1292575

Mosack, K. E., Stevens, P. E., Brouwer, A. M., & Wendorf, A. R. (2016). Shared illness and social support within two HIV-Affected African American communities. (PDF) Qualitative Health Research, 26, 1495-1507. doi: 10.1177/1049732315612044

Anderson, R., Brouwer, A. M., Wendorf, A. R., & Cahill, S. (2016). Women’s behavioral responses to the threat of a hypothetical date rape stimulus: A qualitative analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 793-805. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0682-2

Brouwer, A. M., & Mosack, K. E. (2015). Motivating health diet behaviors: The self-as-doer identity. Self and Identity, 14, 638-653. doi:10.1080/15298868.2015.1043335

Brouwer, A. M., & Mosack, K. E. (2013). Self-As-Doer for diabetes: Development and validation of a diabetes-specific measure of doer identification. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 21, 188-209. doi: 10.1891/1061-3749.21.2.188

*WSU student