PhD, MA Southern Methodist University; BA, Southern Methodist University
Research InterestsApplied anthropology, academic assessment, migrant populations, economic development, household economy, health disparities, community health, volunteerism, gender
Dr. Bever is an applied anthropologist with accreditation and assessment experience in higher education. Her work engaging undergraduate students in research projects in applied anthropology earned her a lifetime appointment as Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology. In the private sector, she has worked as a senior ethnographer and director of multicultural research at national consulting and market research firms. Dr. Bever has also been an educational consultant for school districts, universities, private foundations, and Native American tribes throughout California. She has published articles in several journals, including Urban Anthropology and Research in Economic Anthropology. Dr. Bever joined Walden in 2011 and serves as Director of Assessment in the College of Health Sciences and as contributing faculty in the PhD in Public Health program. Dr. Bever is a frequent contributor to the Tierra Times, her local community’s newspaper. She also serves as board member with the Kumeyaay Elementary School Foundation.