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Loretta Prater

Loretta Prater, Ph.D. retired in 2012 as Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University. The college included the Departments of Social Work, Criminal Justice and Sociology, Human Environmental Studies, Nursing, Speech Pathology, and Health, Human Performance, and Recreation. Previously, she was Chairperson of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University (EIU), and Associate Professor in the College of Education and the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Dr. Prater received her doctorate in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. As a social scientist interested in family dynamics over the life span, her research, national presentations, and publications focused on teenage pregnancy, older adults and intimacy, grandparents raising grandchildren, issues related to police brutality, and the interaction between families and schools. She has received grant funding for numerous programs focused on enhancing the educational status, health and well-being of individuals and families. Because of her accomplishments, Dr. Prater is a recognized award recipient. She is a recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award presented by the International Zonta Club. Dr. Prater is featured in the 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In the fall of 2012, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga presented her with the Outstanding African American Alumni Award in Education.

She has written chapters in several books and is published in the journals Marriage and Family Review and Exceptional Children. She is the author of Excessive Use of Force: One Mother’s Struggle against Police Brutality and Misconduct, a book released in March, 2018 by publisher Rowman and Littlefield. Dr. Prater has served on numerous boards in various communities and states, including serving as President of the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the United Way. She resides in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and is a member of Missouri’s Family and Community Trust Board, and the Community Advisory Council for the Missouri Foundation for Health. She is married to Dwight A. Prater and is the mother of sons Stefan and the late Leslie Prater.

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