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Jeffrey Longhofer

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Kansas

Dr. Longhofer's research interests include mental health case management; social and psychological dynamics of shame and stigma in mental health practice.


Jeffrey Longhofer (Ph.D., 1986, Anthropology, University of Kansas; MSW, 2002, Smith College School for Social Work) is an associate professor of social work at Rutgers University. He is a clinical social worker and applied anthropologist whose research focuses on health and mental health practice, the cross-cultural study of mental illness, mental health case management, and the roles stigma and shame play in the social and psychological dynamics of practitioner/patient interactions. His work is aimed at understanding the multi-level sites where chronic mental and physical illness intersect to produce biographical disruptions, narrative reconstructions, renegotiated senses of selfhood and positive action aimed at the production of well being. His recent ethnographic research has been in childcare settings and among children with parents suffering from life-threatening illnesses. He has worked on cultural constructions of health and illness and old age among the Mennonites, Old Order Amish, and Hutterian Brethren, and on the organizational culture and patterns of communication among cancer patients, family members, and practitioners. His research has appeared in journals including Psychiatric Services, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Transcultural Psychiatry, Journal of Aging Studies, Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, Families, Systems and Health, Social Work and Mental Health, Ethnohistory, and Theory and Society. He is coauthor of a forthcoming book (2010) for Columbia University Press: On Having and Being a Case Manager: A Relational Method for Recovery (with Jerry Floersch and Paul Kubek). His second book, under contract with Oxford University Press, Qualitative Methods for Practice," looks at how qualitative methods can be used most effectively in the study of open practice systems (with Jerry Floersch and Janet Hoy). He has served as the associate editor for the Society for Applied Anthropology journal, Human Organization, and editor of the American Anthropological Association journal, Culture and Agriculture. He serves on the editorial boards of Culture and Agriculture and the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and a 2007 graduate of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.

Courses Taught: 


  • Theory Development 
  • Bibliography and Proposal Development Seminar 


  • Social Emotions?: What are Social Emotions? Part I 
  • Social Emotions:  What is  Empathy? Part II 
  • What is Anxiety? 
  • What is Depression? 
  • Philosophy of Social Science 
  • What is Addiction?: Part I 
  • What is Addiction?: Part II
  • Autism:  Transdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Writing Practicum: Finding and Using Literature 
  • Classifying Trauma  
  • Philosophy of Mind and Clinical Practice 
  • What is Attention? 


  • Social Work Practice I 
  • Clinical Social Work Practice I
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Psychopathology
  • Social Work Perspectives on AIDS

Selected Recent Publications: 


Longhofer, J.  (2015).  A-Z of Psychodynamic Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press.

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

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., Kubek, P.  (2010).  On Being and Having a Case Manager:  A   Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental Health.   New York: Columbia University    Press.  

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


Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., Hartman, E. (2017).   A Case for the Case Study: How and Why They Matter.   Clinical Social Work Journal.  DOI 10.1007/s10615-017-0631-8

Floersch, J. & Longhofer, J. (2016).  Social work and the scholastic fallacy.  Investigacao Em Trabalho Social, 3 (September) 71-91. []

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), 527-534.

Longhofer, J. (2013). Shame in the Clinical Process with LGBTQ Clients. Clinical Social Work    Journal, 41(3), 297-301.

Longhofer, J. & Floersch, J. (2012).  The coming crisis in social work?: Some thoughts on social work and science.  Research on Social Work Practice, 22(5), 499-519.

Kudo, F., Longhofer, J. & Floersch, J. (2012).  On the origins of early leadership: The role of  authoritative parenting practices and mastery orientation. Leadership, 8(4), 345-375.

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J. &  Okpych, N. (2010).  Foster youth and psychotropic treatment:  Where next? Children and Youth Services Review, 3(2), 395-404.

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), 1-19.

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

Buchbinder, M., J., Longhofer, & K. McCue. (2009).  Family routines and rituals when a parent has cancer. Families, Systems, & Health, 27(3), 213-227.

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

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