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Emmy Tiderington

Assistant Professor, Social Work

Ph.D., New York University; B.F.A, M.S.W., University of Michigan

Dr. Tiderington’s research interests include housing and supportive services for homeless populations with complex needs; frontline service provision in homeless services; and mental health and substance abuse recovery in individuals with a history of homelessness.


Emmy Tiderington, PhD, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Associate Faculty at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers. Prior to this appointment, she worked as a clinical supervisor, social worker, and direct care provider in housing and case management programs for individuals with serious mental illness and other complex needs.

Dr. Tiderington’s research broadly focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of supportive housing and other forms of homeless services as a means to end homelessness and improve recovery outcomes for service recipients. Her research has been funded by a variety of Federal, State, local, and private funders, including the National Institute of Mental Health, State of New Jersey, Oak Foundation, and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Dr. Tiderington has specific expertise in mental health and substance abuse recovery in homeless populations, views and practices of frontline service providers, barriers to best practices in homeless services, Moving On initiatives, and the process of transition from permanent supportive housing. 

Along with several collaborators, she created the Moving On from Supportive Housing(MOSH) transitional skills-training curriculum for service providers helping individuals to move on from homeless services. The curriculum is available for download here:

Dr. Tiderington is the recipient of the Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship from New York University, a New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation of the Year Honorable Mention from the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and an F31 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Courses Taught: 

Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Clinical Social Work: Mental Health

Selected Recent Publications: 

Tiderington, E., Ikeda, J., & Lovell, A.* (in press).Stakeholder perspectives on implementation challenges and strategies for Moving On Initiatives in permanent supportive housing. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.

Tiderington, E., Henwood, B., Padgett, D.K. & Tran Smith, B. (2019). Employment experiences of formerly homeless adults with serious mental illness in Housing First versus treatment first supportive housing programs. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. [Epub ahead of print] doi:10.1037/prj0000391.

Tiderington, E., Stanhope, V., & Padgett, D.K. (2018). “How do we force six visits on a consumer?”: Frontline dilemmas and strategies for person-centered care under Medicaid fee-for-service. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Tiderington, E. (2018). “The apartment is for you, it’s not for anyone else”: Managing social recovery and risk on the frontlines of single-adult supportive housing. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s10488-016-0780-z

Tiderington, E. (2017). "We always think you're here permanently": The paradox of "permanent" housing and other barriers to recovery-oriented practice in supportive housing services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 44(1), 103-114. doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0707-0

Tiderington, E., Stanhope, V. & Henwood, B. (2013). A qualitative analysis of case managers’ use of harm reduction in practice. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(1), 71-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.03.007

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