Prior to teaching full time at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Mary Beer was an adjunct professor for five years and a school social worker for sixteen years. She worked in schools in Newark and Summit, NJ and with over twenty schools in Austin ISD. In addition to school social work, she has experience with medical social work and residential treatment settings.

Professor Beer has experience working with children and youth ages 4-20 and practices primarily from a solution-focused approach. She also has experience with cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, sand tray, ecotherapy, and play therapies. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner and Educator, and the coordinator for the School-Based Social Work Certificate Program.

Professor Beer has provided workshops on the topics of TBRI, compassion fatigue, sex education, drop-out prevention programs, school ethics, non-suicidal self injury, suicide prevention, and group-based interventions.

Professor Beer is licensed by the state of Texas as an LCSW and is a board-approved clinical supervisor. She is a member of NASW, the Council on Social Work Education and the School Social Work Association of America.

In her free time she likes to run with her dogs, hike in Colorado, and read novels.