Nathaniel Brown, Ph.D., MSW

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work

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Office Location:Xavier Hall - Room 246

Office Hours: Fri: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Counseling and Student Personnel Services, The University of Georgia, 2017
  • M.S.W., Master of Social Work, Clinical Social Work, Clark Atlanta University, Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work, 2005
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies and Pre-Law, Lander University, 2002

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Children and Families with a focus in child welfare and foster care
  • College Student Mental Health
  • College Student and Career Development


Dr. Nathaniel Brown is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University. He is from Atlanta, GA, where he served as a Social Services Case Manager Specialist with the Department of Children and Family Services with training in child protective services and foster care; Foster Care Case Social Worker with Lutheran Services of Georgia; Behavioral Specialist in My Sister’s House Women and Children’s Program at Atlanta Union Mission; Personal Counselor, Academic Advisor, Academic Support Coordinator at Georgia Perimeter College, Director of Student Success at Andrew College; Coordinator of Academic and Student Affairs, and Interim Dean of Student Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He also served as Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia and Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Brown is a clinical social worker associate in the state of Oregon. Dr. Brown is happy to engage with the PLU community.

Selected Publications

Abdul-Alim, J., Brown, N.O., Katrowitz, M., Quarles, D. (2019). Eight Tips for Foster Care Students and Their Counselors. The Journal of College Admissions.

Ford, J.D., Brown, N.O., Filmore, J.M. (2019). Utilizing Cultural Competencies and a Narrative Intervention in Career Counseling with HIV/AIDS Clients. The Journal of Career Planning and Adult Development. 

Jones, L. & Brown, N.O. (2019). Foster Care Students Face Challenges Entering, Graduating College. Diverse Education, (magazine article contributor).

Brown, N.O. (2018). Nathaniel. In L. Aguirre, Faces of Foster Care: Messages of Hope, Hurt, and Truth (pp. 138-144). Contributing author. Bloomington, IN: Westbow Press.