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Jerry Floersch

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Chicago

Dr. Floersch's research interests include youth psychotropic treatment, case management, and the use of qualitative methods to evaluate practice.


Jerry Floersch, Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work, is a 1998 graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. After earning the masters degree in social work from the University of Kansas, he worked as a social worker in drug and alcohol, hospital, mental health, and community settings. He administered a mental health crisis service and played a key role in developing and implementing housing policies and programs for the adult severely mentally ill. He is the author of Meds, Money, and Manners: The Case Management of Severe Mental Illness, published by Columbia University Press (2002), where, utilizing ethnographic and socio-historical methods, he examined the rise of community support services, the rise of the case manager and case management, and the limits of management models in providing services. He is a recent NIMH K08 recipient (2004-2009) for training in and development of qualitative methods to study youth subjective experience of psychotropic treatment. His work on psychotropic treatment focuses on the meanings adolescents and young adults make of their medication treatment, including social and psychological 'side effects.' In 2008, he was recipient of a Case Western Reserve University Presidential Research Initiative award, where as the PI, he led a two-year investigation of college student use of mental health services, including psychiatric medications. His new book, with Jeffrey Longhofer and Paul Kubek, On Having and Being a Case Manager, builds on earlier work in this field by exploring a clinical method for case management practice. He is currently conducting a multisite study of college student use of psychiatric medications. He has a new book under contract with Oxford University Press: Qualitative Methods for Practice.

Selected Recent Publications: 


Jaffe, M., Floersch, J., Longhofer, J., Wenograd, W. (2017) The social work and K-12 Schools Casebook: Phenomenological Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., & Hoy, J. (2013) Qualitative methods for practice: Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Longhofer, J., Kubek, P., Floersch, J.  (2010). On being and having a case manager: A relational approach to recovery in mental health. New York: Columbia University Press.

Floersch, J. (2002).  Meds, money,and  manners: The case management of severe mental illness.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Recent Selected Articles

Clochesy, J.M., Gittner L.S., Hickman R.L. JrFloersch, J.E., Carten CL. (2015) Wait, won't! want: Barriers to health care as perceived by medically and socially disenfranchised communities. Journal Health Human Services Administration. 38(2): 174-214.

Narendorf, S.C., Munson, M. R., & Floersch, J. (2015). Perspectives on psychotropic medication treatment among young adults formerly served in public systems of care: A thematic and narrative analysis. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Spring, 6, (1), 121-143. [open access,].

Kranke, D., Jackson, S., Taylor, D., Landguth, J., & Floersch, J.  (2015).  I’m loving life: Adolescents empowering experiences of living with a mental illness. Qualitative Social Work, 14(1), 102-118.

Longhofer, J. & Floersch, J. (2014). Values in a Science of Social Work: Values-Informed Research and Research-Informed Values.  Research on Social Work Practice, 24(5), 527-53.

Floersch, J., Longhofer, J., Suskewicz, J.  (2014).  The use of ethnography in social work research.  Qualitative Social Work , 13(1), 3-7.

Longhofer, J. & Floersch J. (2012). The coming crisis in social work: Some thoughts on social work and science. Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 499-519.

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J. & Okpych, N. (2011). Foster youth and psychotropic treatment: Where next?  Children and Youth Services Review, 33(2), 395-404.

Longhofer, J., & Floersch, J. (2010).  Desire and disappointment: Adolescent psychotropic treatment and adherence. Anthropology & Medicine, 17(2), 159-172.

Floersch, J. Longhofer, J., Kranke, D., & Townsend, L. (2010).  Integrating thematic, grounded theory, and narrative analysis:  A case study of adolescent psychotropic treatment. Qualitative Social Work, 9 (3), 407-425.

Floersch, J., Townsend, L., Longhofer, J., Munson, M., Winbush, V., Kranke, D., Faber, R., Thomas, J., Jenkins, J.H., & Findling, R. (2009). Adolescent experience of psychotropic treatment. Transcultural Psychiatry, 46(1), 157-179.

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