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Dr. Dexter Freeman

Dr. Freeman

Dr. Dexter Freeman, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Director, Off Campus-Fayetteville State University MSW Program

Office: Army Medical Department Center and School, 3630 Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX  78234
Phone: 210-221-7278
Fax: 210-221-6354


DSW Social Work The Catholic University of America Washington, DC 20064

MSW Social Work University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602

BS Social Work Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN  37044

Dr. Dexter Freeman is the Assistant Director of the Army-Fayetteville State University Master of Social Work Program at the Army Medical Department Center and School. Prior to Dr. Freeman taking this position he spent four years as an assistant professor at the Texas State University School of Social Work in San Marcos, Texas and 20 years as a social work officer in the United States Army.  Before joining the military he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in social welfare from Austin Peay State University and a Master Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Georgia. He later received a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree from The Catholic University of America.Dr. Freeman entered active duty in July 1983 and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army.  His assignments included serving as the chief of the Department of Social Work at the Fort Hood, Texas; Director of the Soldier and Family Support Training Branch at the Army Medical Department Center and School; Chief, Social Work Service, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Behavioral Science Coordinator, Family Practice Residency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Clinical Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Control Program, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Social Work Officer, United States Army Retraining Brigade. Dexter retired from the military in August 2003.

Throughout Dr. Dexter’s military career he worked with soldiers and military families in a variety of environments. In addition, he dedicated his military career to working with families impacted by family violence. As such he has made numerous professional presentations on spiritual development and its role in family violence.  Furthermore, Dr. Freeman has published a number of articles and made national and international presentations on the significance of promoting spiritual development in education and the counseling environment.

Dr. Dexter Freeman believes that we should embrace every client, students, and situation as part of our journey—designed to help us experience a greater sense of wholeness. He truly lives by the belief that “all you touch you change, and all you change, changes you” (Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower).

Teaching Courses

SWRK 540-SH  SWRK Intervention with Individuals and Families

SWRK 608-SH  Statistics & Research Seminar


Funded External Grants and Contracts:
First Generation College Student BSW Project, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. October 2004 ($100,000 per year up to five years)

Funded Internal Grants and Contracts:
Spiritual well-being and archetypal identification: Implications for social work practice; funded by a Texas State University Research Enhancement Grant. December 2003 ($8,000)

Selected Publications

Brown, T. M., & Freeman, D. (2010). Distance education: A university’s pioneering master of social work program partnership with the Army.  Planning in Higher Education, 38(4), 35-43.

Freeman, D. (2008). The Army Master of Social Work Program. The Army Medical Department Journal. Jul/Sep, 72-75.

Freeman, D. (2006). Spirituality and the calling of social work students. In Elliott, D.C. and Harris, E. (Eds). Two Tasks: Redeeming the soul, redeeming the mind; electronic journal for the education track National Faculty Leadership Conference, June 22-25, Alexandria, VA. Learning Light Press: Claremont, CA.

Freeman, D.R. (2006). Spirituality in violent and substance abusing men: An untapped resource for healing. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 25(1), 3-22.

Adams, S.R. & Freeman, D.R. (2002). Women who are violent: Attitudes and beliefs of professionals working in the field of domestic violence. Military Medicine, 167(6), 445-450.

Freeman, D.R. (2001). The relationship between spiritual development and ethnicity in violent men. Social Thought: Journal of Religion in the Social Service, 20(1/2), 95-107.

Freeman, D.R. (1997). Spiritual wholeness and the use of physical violence by men. Joining Forces, 1(3), p.4.

Freeman, D.R. (1996). Confidentiality and military social work. U.S. Army Medical Department Journal, 14-21.

Professional Affiliations

Member, National Association of Social Workers  
Family Preservation Journal Board  
Family Forward of Texas Inc. Board of Directors  
Member, Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors 
Member, North American Assoc. of Christians in SW 
Member, NACSW Board of Directors   


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