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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.


Dr. Tiderington is a licensed social worker with extensive direct practice experience in housing and case management services for individuals with serious mental illness. She 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. 

Her research focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of supportive housing and other forms of homeless services as a means to end homelessness and improve outcomes for service recipients. Specifically, she has examined the individual, organizational, and macro-systemic barriers to “street-level” policy implementation of person-centered care, harm reduction, and the management of risk and recovery in supportive housing. In previous studies, she has explored the mechanisms and processes by which formerly homeless adults achieve recovery from substance abuse and serious mental illness. Currently, she is conducting a three-year study of the implementation and outcomes of the New York City Moving On Initiative. Findings from this study will be used to develop best practices for “Moving On”, a model that utilizes rental subsidies and transitional supports to assist individuals and families with the move from supportive housing to mainstream housing independent of wrap-around support services. 

She 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 a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Courses Taught: 

Clinical Social Work: Mental Health

Selected Recent Publications: 

Tiderington, E., Stanhope, V., & Padgett, D.K. (in press). “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

Padgett, D.K., Tiderington, E., Smith, B.T., Derejko, K. & Henwood, B.F. (2016). Complex recovery: Understanding the lives of formerly homeless adults with complex needs. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 25(2), 60-70. doi: 10.1080/10530789.2016.1173817

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

Padgett, D.K., Smith, B.T., Henwood, B.F. & Tiderington, E. (2012). Life course adversity in the lives of formerly homeless persons with serious mental illness: Context and meaning. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(3), 421-430. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01159.x

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