Jacob F BrewerDirector of the Physical Therapy Program; Professor of Physical Therapy College of Health Professions Physical Therapy
Jacob F. Brewer, Ph.D., DPT, PT, NCS (Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy) is Program Director and Professor at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) with primary teaching responsibilities in neuroscience, neuroanatomy, clinical neurological physical therapy, and pediatrics with secondary teaching responsibilities in gross anatomy and healthcare management in addition to serving as a founding core faculty for the Doctor of Leadership (Ed.D.) program which he assisted in developing for HSU.
Dr. Brewer is an alumnus of the Department of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University, having received his Master of Physical Therapy in 1999 (accepted into 1st HSU PT class offered) and his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2005. Brewer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland University (WBU) in 1994, has taken graduate work from WBU toward a Master of Arts in Religion, and then began his journey towards a second doctoral degree at Texas Woman’s University with over two years in Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology in Physical Therapy Sciences, as well as Texas A&M University for further Research Statistics studies, before he felt led to switch programs and completed his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies (Higher Education / Healthcare Administration) from Dallas Baptist University in December of 2010.
Prior to Brewer returning to HSU to serve as a a full-time faculty member in 2005, he served as a healthcare administrator at several different hospital organizations including Administrative Director of Rehabilitation for Community Health Systems and Vice President of Ancillary Services at Hillcrest Health Systems (now Baylor Scott & White) in charge of all Acute, Inpatient, and Outpatient operations including physician, rehab nursing, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory, therapy, and audiology services as well as Occupational and Sports Medicine clinics amidst several facilities. He has also served as program and curriculum consultant for the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Touro University Nevada, and Rocky Mountain University. Dr. Brewer is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) McMillan Scholar, a Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Faculty Member of the Year Award winner, and has state and national research presentations in both neuroscience and leadership, along with numerous publications and courses in diverse areas such health promotion and ergonomics as well as biotechnology and psychological capital. Dr. Brewer completed a Leadership Internship at APTA headquarters, and has presented on an evidence-based, holistic approach to leadership at various health care systems, APTA and TPTA conferences, the Texas Physical Therapy Faculty Summit, and as a founding faculty member of the APTA’s Health Policy and Administration section’s Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy: Leadership, Administration, Management and Professionalism or L.A.M.P.