Kristen Brewer

Assistant Professor

Kristen Brewer has experience in community-building, teaching, and research in the field of sexual and reproductive health education.


  • BS in Political Science and an MS in Public Health Education from Austin Peay State University
  • MPA in Public Administration from Tennessee State University
  • PhD in Health Education from Southern Illinois University


  • CHES

Area of Expertise

Sexual and reproductive health education and community organizing and capacity building.


Dr. Brewer teaches in the Health Equity Project courses in the MPH program, helping graduate students with their final major project for the program. She also teaches the Introduction to Public Health course in the undergraduate program.

Community Engagement

Dr. Brewer co-founded a grassroots organization, Ruth's Army, in middle Tennessee to help rural communities access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and education. In addition to educational workshops and panels, this led to a partnership with a local women's health clinic to open the REACH Clinic (Reproductive Education and Contraceptive Health), a no-cost education and reproductive clinic in Clarksville, TN.

Research/Special Projects

Her research focuses on perceptions and attitudes regarding barriers to SRH access and education in legislatively restrictive states. This includes aspects such as inclusive sex education, abortion services, and contraceptive access.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • APHA

Kristen Brewer in the News

The logo for Ruth's Army: Education, Outreach, Access

Assistant Professor of Public Health Kristen Brewer is a Champion of Sex Education

Kristen Brewer joined the Simmons Department of Public Health faculty in spring 2024. She spoke with us about her passion for health education, the stigmatization of sexuality in the Southeast, and the importance of community engagement.