Earl Bowen Jr. received his Ph.D. in the School of Human Service Professions from Widener University and MSW from the School of Social Administration at Temple University. He currently works as a Behavioral Therapist in the Office of Student Affairs at Lincoln University and previously as Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College in the Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research. In 2018 he worked at Gratz College as Instructor of the course, Historical Origins and Developmental Patterns of African American Jewry, In January 2016, he was appointed as an Affiliate Professor at the University of Haifa.
Dr. Bowen’s research background focus addresses the psychosocial implications of prostate cancer among African American men. In January 2015, his work on prostate cancer survivorship among this population was published in The Journal of Research and Development and subsequently in the International Journal of Neurorehabilitation. He is a former member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Prostate Cancer Academy, and current member of the African Caribbean Cancer Consortium’s prostate cancer initiative in Philadelphia.
He served as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition from 2014-2018. From 2015 -2018 he was a program consultant in a Philadelphia neighborhood-based intervention project to reduce prostate cancer disparities in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson’s Medical Oncology Division. His research findings on community-based approaches that address prostate cancer health disparities, health care access, and the influence of culture on health behaviors have been presented at the 2018 Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men Conference at the University of Llorin in Llorin, Nigeria and the National Association of Social Work Oncologists annual meeting in San Diego, California.
He is actively involved in programmatic activities sponsored by the Philadelphia branch of the American Jewish Committee and literary contributor to Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Based on the recommendation of the Credentialing Committee Dr. Bowen received ordination as an Associate Rabbi at Congregation Temple Beth El on April 25, 2011, corresponding to the Twenty-first of Abib, 5771. He is co-founder of the Israelite Men’s Association and serves as president of Congregation Temple Beth EL’s the board of directors. Dr Bowen is married to Rabbi Debra Bowen. They are the proud parents of 5 sons and 10 grandchildren.
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