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Lenna Nepomnyaschy

Associate Professor, PhD, Columbia

Dr. Nepomnyaschy's research interests include child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and health disparities.

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Dr. Nepomnyaschy's research interests are broadly focused on how poverty, inequality, and social policies impact child and family health and well-being. One line of work examines the impact of social policies, particularly related to fathers and child support, on the well-being of families and children. Another line of work examines socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child health and development. Her current work is being funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and explores the extent to which father involvement can reduce disparities in outcomes between children in lower and higher income families and the role of economic and social policies in promoting or inhibiting low-income fathers’ involvement with their children. Her previous work has been funded by the Foundation for Child Development and the Research Program on Childhood Hunger through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service.  

Courses Taught: 

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Louis Donnelly. 2015. “Father Involvement and Childhood Injuries.” Journal of Marriage and Family 77(3):628-646.

Miller, Daniel, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Steve Garasky, and Gabriel Lara-Ibarra. 2014. “Family Structure and Child Food Insecurity.” American Journal of Public Health 104(7):e70-76.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Louis Donnelly. 2014. “Child Support in Immigrant Families.” Population Research and Policy Review 33(6):817-840.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Daniel Miller, Steve Garasky, and Neha Nanda. 2014. “Nonresident Fathers and Child Food Insecurity: Evidence from Longitudinal Data.” Social Service Review 88(1):92-133.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Julien Teitler. 2013. “Cyclical Cohabitation among Unmarried Parents in Fragile Families.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(5):1248-1265.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Thomas Hegyi, Barbara Ostfeld, and Nancy Reichman. 2012.“Developmental Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants at 2 and 4 Years of Age.” Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16:1612-1624.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Katherine Magnuson, and Lawrence Berger. 2012. “Child Support and Young Children’s Development.” Social Service Review, 86(1):3-35

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Irwin Garfinkel. 2011. “Fathers’ Involvement with Their Nonresident Children and Material Hardship.” Social Service Review, 85(1):3-38.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Irwin Garfinkel. 2010. “Child Support Enforcement and Fathers’ Contributions to their Nonmarital Children.” Social Service Review, 84(3):341-380. (Awarded the Frank R. Breul Prize for best article published in Social Service Review in 2010)

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2010. “Race Disparities in Low Birth Weight in the South and the Rest of the Nation.” Social Science & Medicine, 70:684-691.

Teitler, Julien, Nancy Reichman, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, and Irwin Garfinkel. 2009. “Effects of Welfare Participation on Marriage.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(4):878-891.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2009. “Socioeconomic Gradients in Infant Health Across Race and Ethnicity.”Maternal and Child Health Journal, 13(6):720-731.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2007. “Child Support and Father-Child Contact: Testing Reciprocal Pathways.”Demography, 44(1):93-112.

Teitler, Julien, Nancy Reichman, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, and Melissa Martinson. 2007. “A Cross-National Comparison of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birthweight in the United States and England.” Pediatrics, 120(5):e1182-1189.

Shari Munch

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Michigan State

Dr. Munch's research interests include perinatal healthcare and clinical social work.


Shari Munch is an Associate Professor (PhD, Michigan State University, 1998; MSW, University of Michigan, 1982; LCSW, NJ). Her research and clinical interests focus on social work practice in health care, perinatal health care, and clinical social work. Topics include medically-complicated pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidarum, perinatal bereavement, patient-provider relationship, gender-bias in women's health care, and compassion fatigue. In the School of Social Work, she offers clinical MSW courses and teaches in the DSW program. Her clinical social work practice experience informs her research and teaching, and she maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice in Somerset, NJ. Dr. Munch held a 2009 appointment as Visiting Professor at the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. In 2010, she served as a Fulbright Scholar at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. Dr. Munch was awarded the National Association of Perinatal Social Work Award for Excellence for 2016, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of perinatal social work including clinical work, education and research, and service to the organization.

Courses Taught: 
  • Clinical Social Work I
  • Clinical Social Work II
  • Clinical Social Work: Healthcare
  • Perinatal Death, Dying & Bereavement
  • Mama Mia!: Conceptions and Constructions of Motherhood (Byrne First Year Seminar)

Curran, L. C., McCoyd, J. M., Munch, S., & Wilkenfeld, B. F. (Published online April 27, 2017). Developing maternal virtues prematurely: The phenomenology of maternal identity in medically complicated pregnancy. Health Care for Women International. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1323904

Mihai, A., Rentea, G. C., Gaba, D., Lazar, F., & Munch, S. (2016). Connectivity and discontinuity in social work practice: Challenges and opportunities of the implementation of an e-social work system in Romania. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology (Special Issue: Living with(in) digital technology), 7(2), 21-38.

O’Malley, D., Degi, C., Gilbert, B., & Munch, S. (2014). Addressing the cancer burden in Romania: A critical role for social work practice. Revista de Asistenţă Socială (Social Work Review) (Special Issue on Health Social Work), anul XIII, nr. 2/2014, 11-26.

Boddy, J., Daly, M., & Munch, S. (2012). The Writing Series Project: A model for supporting social work clinicians in health settings to disseminate practice knowledge. Social Work in Health Care, 51(3), 246-270.

Munch, S., Korst, L. M., Hernandez, G., Romero, R., & Goodwin, T. M. (2011). Health related quality of life in women with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: The importance of psychosocial context. Journal of Perinatology, 31, 10-20.

Levick, J., Quinn, M., Holder, A., Nyberg, A., Beaumont, E., & Munch, S. (2010). Support for siblings of NICU patients: An interdisciplinary approach. Social Work in Health Care, 49(10), 919-933.

Akincigil, A., Munch, S., & Niemczyk, K. C. (2010). Predictors of maternal depression in the first year postpartum: Marital status and mediating role of relationship quality. Social Work in Health Care, 49(3), 227-244.

Johnson, Y. M., & Munch, S. (2010). Faculty with practice experience: The new dinosaurs in the social work academy? Journal of Social Work Education, 46(1), 57-66.

McCoyd, J., Johnson, Y. M., Munch, S., & LaSala, M. C. (2009). Quantocentric culture: Ramifications for social work education. Social Work Education, 28(8), 811-827.

Johnson, Y. M., & Munch, S. (2009). Fundamental contradictions in cultural competence. Social Work (Special Issue on Racial and Ethnic Minorites), 54(3), 220-231.

Munch, S., & Schmitz, M. F. (2007). The Hyperemesis Beliefs Scale (HBS): A new instrument for assessing beliefs about severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology,28(4), 219-229.

Munch, S., & Schmitz, M. F. (2006). Hyperemesis and patient satisfaction: A path model of patients' perceptions of the patient-physician relationship.Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 27(1), 49-57.

Munch, S. (2004). Gender-biased diagnosing of women's medical complaints: Contributions of feminist thought, 1970-1995. Women and Health, 40(1), 101-121.

Spencer, P. C., & Munch, S. (2003). Client violence toward social workers: The critical role of agency management in community mental health programs. Social Work, 48(4), 532-544.

Munch, S. (2002). Chicken or the egg? The biological-psychological controversy surrounding hyperemesis gravidarum. Social Science & Medicine, 55(7), 1267-1278.

Munch, S. (2002). Women’s experiences with a pregnancy complication: Causal explanations of hyperemesis gravidarum. Social Work in Health Care,36(1), 59-76.

Munch, S., & Levick, J. (2001). "I'm Special, Too": Promoting sibling adjustment in the neonatal intensive care unit. Health & Social Work, 26(1), 58-64.

Felix Muchomba

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Social Work M.P.H., Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Muchomba’s research interests include gender inequality, allocation of resources within families, and social and economic development policy with a focus on developing countries. Download CV (PDF) (67.35 KB)

Felix Muchomba is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. Dr. Muchomba’s research examines how social institutions and policies reinforce or mitigate gender inequalities. His current approach is to study (1) how macro-level changes, including social and economic development, influence the gender dynamics within families and couples, and (2) how the gendered distribution of farmland, assets, time and other resources between family members impact the health and well-being of girls and women. Under this research agenda, Dr. Muchomba has examined issues that are pertinent to Eastern Africa and other developing societies, such as malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.

Courses Taught: 
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Muchomba, F. M. (2017). Women’s land tenure security and household human capital: Evidence from Ethiopia’s land certification. World Development, 98, 310-324. 

Muchomba, F. M. & Kaushal, N. (2016). Effect of food subsidies on micronutrient consumption. Indian Journal of Human Development, 10(3), 317-335.

Kaushal, N. & Muchomba, F. M. (2015). How consumer price subsidies affect nutrition. World Development 74, 25-42.

Muchomba, F. M., Chan, C., & El-Bassel, N. (2015). Importance of women’s relative socioeconomic status within sexual relationships in communication about safer sex and HIV/STI prevention. Journal of Urban Health 92(3), 559-571.

Muchomba, F. M., Wang, J. S., & Agosta L. M. (2014). Women's land ownership and risk of HIV infection in Kenya. Social Science & Medicine 114(1), 97-102.

Sarah McMahon

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Ph.D., Rutgers

Dr. McMahon's research interests include violence against women and social work education.

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Sarah McMahon is an Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and also serves as the Associate Director for the School’s Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Her research focuses on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on prevention and social change.  Dr. McMahon has extensive experience in designing and implementing studies with college students to measure their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence, with a focus on bystander intervention. In 2014, she was invited to collaborate with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault through the testing of a campus climate survey tool.  She was also appointed by the Governor of NJ to serve on the state’s Task Force to Address Campus Sexual Violence and also serves on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Advisory Board.  She has numerous publications on the topic of sexual violence and has presented her work around the country. Dr. McMahon also serves as the Chair of the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board.  Prior to her position at the School of Social Work, Dr. McMahon worked in a clinical setting, providing crisis intervention and counseling to survivors of various forms of interpersonal violence and delivering prevention education to the wider community.

Courses Taught: 
  • Methods in Social Work Research I
  • Methods in Social Work Research II
  • Family Violence/ Violence & Abuse in Adulthood
  • Women's Issues
  • Social Welfare & Policies II- Violence Against Women & Children
  • Public Child Welfare Intensive Weekend Program- Family Violence & Research Methods

Hoxmeier, J.C., McMahon, S., & O’Connor, J. (2017). Beyond yes or no: Understanding undergraduate students’ responses as bystanders to sexual assault risk situations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, online first, August 9, 2017. DOI:

Findley, P.A., Plummer, S.B., & McMahon, S. (2016). Exploring the experience of abuse of college students with disabilities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(17), 2801-2823.

McMahon, S., Palmer, J.E, Banyard, V.L, Murphy, M, & Gidcyz, C. A. (advanced online publication). Measuring bystander behavior in the context of sexual violence prevention: Lessons learned and new directions Journal of Interpersonal Violence, doi: 10.1177/0886260515591979.

McMahon, S., Peterson, N. A., Winter, S. C., Palmer, J. E., Postmus, J. L., & Koenick, R. A. (2015). Predicting bystander behavior to prevent sexual assault on college campuses: The role of self‐efficacy and intent. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56(1-2), 46-56.

McMahon, S. (2015). Participation in high school sports and bystander intentions, efficacy to intervene, and rape myth beliefs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(17), 2980-2998.

McMahon, S., Winter, S. C., Palmer, J. E., Postmus, J. L., Peterson, N. A., Zucker, S., & Koenick, R. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of a multi-dose bystander intervention program using peer education theater. Health Education Research, 30(4), 554-568.

McMahon, S. (2015). Call for research on bystander intervention to prevent sexual violence: The role of campus environments. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55 (3), 472-489.

McMahon, S. Banyard, V.L., & McMahon, S.M. (2015). Incoming college students’ bystander behaviors to prevent sexual violence. Journal of College Student Development, 56 (5), 486- 491.

McMahon, S., Allen, C. T., Postmus, J. L., McMahon, S. M., Peterson, N. A., & Lowe Hoffman, M. (2014). Measuring bystander attitudes and behavior to prevent sexual violence. Journal of American College Health, 62(1), 58-66.

McMahon, S., Postmus, J. L., Warrener, C., & Koenick, R. A. (2014). Utilizing peer education theater for the primary prevention of sexual violence on college campuses. Journal of College Student Development, 55(1), 78-85.

McMahon, S., Hoffman, M., McMahon, S.M., Zucker, S.& Koenick, R.A. (2013). What would you do? Sexual violence bystander intervention strategies for college students. Journal of College and Character, 14 (2), 141-151.

McMahon, S., Postmus, J. L., Warrener, C., Plummer, S., & Schwartz, R. (2013). Evaluating the effect of a specialized MSW course on violence against women. Journal of Social Work Education, 49 (2), 307-320.

McMahon, S. & Banyard, V.L. (2012). When can I help? A conceptual framework for preventing violence through bystander intervention. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 13 (1), 3 - 14.

McMahon, S. (2010). Rape myth beliefs and bystander attitudes among incoming college students. Journal of American College Health, 59 (1), 1 – 11.

Judith McCoyd

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr

Dr. McCoyd's research interests include perinatal health, medical decision making, bereavement, medical technology and human response.

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Judith L. M. McCoyd (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College- GSSWSR, 2003; MSSW, Columbia University- GSSW, 1985) is an associate professor at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. Her research lies at the intersection of perinatal health care, medical technologies, decision-making and bereavement. Specifically, Dr. McCoyd explores the decisions to use prenatal diagnostic technologies, the experience of high risk pregnancy, whether to continue a pregnancy affected by fetal anomalies, and the emotional responses to these events. Funding for the varied research projects came from the American Assn. of University Women, the Lois and Samuel Silberman Faculty Fund Grant and Rutgers University Research Council Grants.

Dr. McCoyd's research provides direct analysis, yet is also used to develop theory about social work practice, decision making and normative culture, and perinatal health care. She is a licensed clinical social worker (PA) who maintains a small clinical practice and serves in leadership roles with the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers.  She teaches in the Masters, Ph.D and DSW programs.

Courses Taught: 

Loss Across the Lifespan

Clinical Social Work Practice I & II

CSW: Health


McCoyd, J.L.M. & Walter, C. A. (2016). Grief and loss across the lifespan: A biopsychosocial approach (2nd edition). New York: Springer Publishing. For information. see

McCoyd, J.L.M., Kerson, T. S., (Eds.) & Associates. (2016). Social work in health settings (4th). London: Routledge. For information, see

Werner- Lin, A., McCoyd, J. L. M., & Bernbaum, B. A. (2016). Balancing genetics (science) and counseling (art) in prenatal chromosomal microarray testing.  Journal of Genetic Counseling. On-line May 21, 2016.doi: 10.1007/s10897-016-9966-5.

McCoyd, J.L.M. & Kerson, T. S. (2013). Teaching reflective social work practice in health care: Promoting best practices. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(4), 674-688.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2013). Preparation for prenatal decision-making: a baseline of knowledge and reflection in women participating in prenatal screening.  Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 34 (1), 3-8. doi: 10.3109/0167482X.2012.757590.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2010). Authoritative knowledge, the technological imperative and women’s responses to prenatal diagnostic technologies. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 34 (4), 590-614. doi: 10.10071511013-010-9189-4 

McCoyd, J.L.M., Akincigil, A., Peak, E.H. (2010). Pediatric disability and caregiver separation. Journal of Family Social Work, 13 (3), 251-268. doi: 10.1080/10522151003716353.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2010) Women in no man’s land: the U.S. abortion debate and women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly.  British Journal of Social Work, 40, 133-53. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcn080.  

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2009). What do women want?: Experiences and reflections of women after prenatal diagnosis and termination for anomaly. Health Care for Women International, 30 (6), 507-535.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2009). Discrepant feeling rules and unscripted emotion work: Women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(1).

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2008). "I'm not a saint": Burden assessment as an unrecognized factor in prenatal decision making. Qualitative Health Research, 18(11):1489-1500.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2008) Women in no man's land: the U.S. abortion debate and women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly. British Journal of Social Work. Published on line May 28, 2008, pending journal publication: doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcn080.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2007). Pregnancy interrupted: Loss of a desired pregnancy after diagnosis of fetal anomaly. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 28(1):37-48.

Michael MacKenzie

Chancellor's Scholar for Child Well-Being and Associate Professor, Social Work and Pediatrics, B.BSc., M.Sc., University of Western Ontario and MSW, MA, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. MacKenzie’s research interests include dynamic processes in early development, social and biological transactions in developmental psychopathology, the etiology and outcomes of harsh parenting and maltreatment, foster care placement trajectories and child welfare policy.

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Professor MacKenzie first became interested in developmental pathways involving abuse and neglect through his extensive work with children in his family’s residential group homes in Canada. This work with children whose early childhood experiences had profoundly shaped the course of their lives sparked his passion for improving the lives of maltreated children and those growing up in out-of-home care through early relationship-based intervention strategies and alternative models of care when maintaining families is not possible. These experiences also focused his efforts on better understanding the dynamic connections between the biological and social worlds of the developing child. Dr. MacKenzie is one of a very small number of Social Work researchers with advanced graduate training in molecular genetics and physiology, allowing him to incorporate work on the stress hormone system and gene expression into his transdisciplinary studies of early social deprivation and harsh parenting. Dr. MacKenzie’s focus is on the accumulation of stress and risk in early parenting and the impact on caregiver perceptions and subsequent parenting behavior, including the etiology of harsh parenting and the pathways of children into and through the child welfare system.

Dr. MacKenzie was Principal Investigator on a UNICEF funded project in Jordan that represented one of the first formal implementations of foster care and juvenile diversion as alternatives to institutionalization in the region. Dr. MacKenzie was also recently honored as a W.T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholar for 2014-2019 to support a project examining the biological and social underpinnings of serial placement instability in the foster care system. In 2017, Dr. MacKenzie's article on bidirectional effects between parent and child aggression across the first decade of life was recognized with the Excellence in Research Award from the Society for Social Work and Research as the publication "that meets the highest scientific standards and advances social work knowledge." Over the past year, Dr. MacKenzie, along with colleague Dr. Emily Bosk, also co-founded, a collection of leading child well-being scholars from across the country in order to address recent child immigration enforcement changes that run counter to decades of child development research. These efforts culminated in their recent widely-shared article in the New England Journal of Medicine and in a public declaration to inform immigration policy debates with research-informed best practices.

As part of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Strategic Plan, the Chancellor's Excellence Fund was created and one initiative is the designation of a select group of faculty members as “Chancellor’s Scholars,” and MacKenzie was recently named to this honor.


MacKenzie, M.J., Bosk, E.A., Zeanah, C.H. (2017). Separating families at the border–Consequences for children’s health and well-being. New England Journal of Medicine, 376, 2314-2315.

MacKenzie, M.J., Nicklas, E., Brooks-Gun, J., & Waldfogel, J. (2015). Spanking and child externalizing behavior across the first 9 years-of-life: Evidence for transactional processes involving cumulative risk. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44,658-669. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-014-0114-y.

MacKenzie, M.J., Nicklas, E., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Waldfogel J. (2014). The effects of repeated exposure to harsh parenting on child externalizing behavior across the first decade of life: A moderating role for cumulative risk. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 1895-1901.

MacKenzie, M.J., Gearing, R.E., Schwalbe, C.S., Ibrahim, R.W., Brewer, K.B., Al-Sharaihah, R. (2014). Child mental health in Jordanian orphanages: Effect of placement change on behavior and caregiving. BMC: Pediatrics, 14,1173. DOI: 10.1186/s12887-014-0316-1.

MacKenzie, M.J., Nicklas, E., Waldfogel, J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2013). Spanking and child development across the first decade of life. Pediatrics.DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-1227.

MacKenzie, M.J., Brewer, K.B., Schwalbe, C.S.J., Gearing, R.E., Ibrahim, R.W., Batayneh, J., Darwish, D.M., Al-Kharabsheh, J., & Al-Zu’bi, M.H. (2012). Foster care as a viable alternative to institutional care in the Middle East: Community acceptance and stigma across type of placement in Jordan. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 33(6),517-521.

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.

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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


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.

Michael LaSala

Director of the Doctorate of Social Work Program (DSW) and Associate Professor, Ph.D., SUNY at Albany

Dr. LaSala's research interests include clinical social work, gay and lesbian issues, and marriage and family therapy.

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Michael C. LaSala, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Albany, 1998), is director of the MSW program and associate professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research interests are the couple and family relationships of gay men and lesbians and his current work examines the role of gay and lesbian family relationships in coping with stigma and also parental influence on gay youth's safe sex behaviors. Dr. LaSala's forthcoming book entitled: Coming out, coming home: Helping families adjust to a gay or lesbian child (Columbia University Press) describes the findings and practice implications of a National Institute of Mental Health funded qualitative study of 65 gay and lesbian youth and their families. Other examples of Dr. LaSala's work can be found in Social Work, Family Process, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Families in Society and the Journal of Lesbian and Gay Social Services. Dr. LaSala recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship during which he taught family therapy courses at Tallinn University in Estonia and where he also investigated the impacts of stigma on Estonian lesbians and gay men. Dr. LaSala has been keynote speaker at national and international family therapy conferences in Sweden, Estonia, and Italy. Before joining Rutgers University, Dr. LaSala practiced social work for 15 years at the direct practice, supervisory, and administrative levels. He is committed to practice-informed research and therefore continues to practice part-time as a licensed clinical social worker at the Institute for Personal Growth in Highland Park, New Jersey.



LaSala, M. C. (2010). Coming out, coming home: Helping families adjust to a gay or lesbian child. New York: Columbia University Press.  

Journal Articles

Toros, K. & LaSala, M.C. (2016). Estonian child protective workers’ case reflections. Child & Family Social Work. doi:10.1111/cfs.12303.

LaSala, M. C., Siebert, C. F., Fedor, J. P., & Revere, E. J. (2016). The role of family interactions in HIV risk for gay and bisexual male youth: A pilot study. Journal of Family Social Work, 1-19.

LaSala, M. C., Fedor, J. P., Revere, E. J., & Carney, R. (2015). What parents and their gay and bisexual sons say about HIV prevention. Qualitative Health Research. doi:10.1177/1049732315604588.

Bird, J.D.P, , LaSala, M.C., Hidalgo, M.A., Kuhns, L. M. & Garofalo, R. (2016). “I had to go to the streets to get love: Pathways from parental rejection to HIV risk among young gay and bisexual men. Journal of Homosexuality. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1179039.

Toros, L. & LaSala, M.C. (2015). Social Work Students’ Reflections on a Solution-Focused Approach to Child Protection Assessment: A Qualitative Study. Social Work Education. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2015.1121222.

Toros, K. & LaSala, M.C. (2015). Estonian child protection workers’ assessment perspectives: The need for competence and confidence. International Social Work. doi: 10.1177/0020872815603788.

Toros, K., LaSala, M. C., & Medar, M.  (2015). Assessment of children in need in a post-Soviet context. Journal of Family Social Work, 18, 267-287.

LaSala, M. C. (2015). Condoms and connections: Parents, gay and bisexual youth and HIV risk. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 14, 451-464.

LaSala, M. C. (2013). Out of the darkness: Three waves of family research and the emergence of family therapy for gay and lesbian people. Clinical Social Work, 42, 267-276.

LaSala, M. C. & Frierson, D. (2012). African American gay youth and their families: Redefining masculinity, coping with racism and homophobia. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Family Studies, 8, 428-445.

LaSala, M. C. & Revere, E. (2011) “It would have been impossible before:” Reflections on current gay life in Estonia. Journal of Homosexuality, 58, 427-439.

Mark W. Lamar

Associate Professor of Professional Practice Executive Director, Office of Field Education, MSW, Rutgers School of Social Work MBA, Rutgers Graduate School of Management

Mr. Lamar's professional practice interests include Organizational Cultural Competence and Diversity, Structural Income Inequality and Social Risk, and Non Profit Finance and Management. He has taught MSW students at Rutgers since 1997 as part time lecturer, instructor and associate professor of professional practice, in foundation, clinical and MAP courses.

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Mark W. Lamar is Associate Professor of Professional Practice and the Executive Director of Field Education at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. He works closely with a field education staff of 13 on the school’s Newark, New Brunswick and Camden campuses who assist over 1,200 students training to become professional social workers in more than 800 health care, advocacy, education and social service organizations. Mr. Lamar collaborates with the school’s administration, faculty and development office to support the education of social work students. He also works closely with social work professionals, students and members of the community who serve in advisory roles to the School of Social Work.

Mark Lamar has taught in the MSW program since 1997, both as a part time lecturer and as a member of the faculty. From 2001 to 2006, he taught Health Care Policy and Health Care Economics at the Rider University School of Business in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers in 2013, Mr. Lamar was Executive Director of the Family Guidance Center Corporation, located in Mercer County, NJ. There, he led a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $6.3 million and 90 staff, providing special education, mental health, addictions, and financial counseling to over 5,000 people each year.

While at Family Guidance Center Corporation, Mr. Lamar led the agency through two nonprofit corporate mergers, multiple triennial reaccreditations by the Council of Accreditation (COA), the purchase and renovation of a 100 year old elementary school, and the creation of a development department and an endowment fund. He also led the organization through a strategic plan for cultural competence and bilingualism in Spanish and English.

Mr. Lamar began his social work career providing psychotherapy to individuals, families, and children in central New Jersey and Rhode Island, and supervision to professional clinical staff and MSW students from Rutgers, Boston College and the University of Texas at Austin.

He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. Prior to this, Mr. Lamar received a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Rutgers School of Social Work as casework major. He earned his BA in History at Boston University.

Mr. Lamar is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an NASW - NJ certified Clinical Social Work Supervisor.

In the community, Mark Lamar served as vice president, Executive Forum, United Way of Greater Mercer County, on the Resource Investment Committee of United Way of Greater Mercer County and on the United Way Campaign Cabinet. He was vice president and treasurer, New Jersey Family Service Association, and served as chair, Professional Advisory Committee, Mercer County Mental Health Board. He was also a member of the Mercer County Gang Task Force and a member of the Minority Concerns Committee of the Mercer County Youth Services Commission. From 2011 to 2013, he served as an advisory board member for the Trenton-based Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment.

Since 2002, Mr. Lamar has been a trustee of the Puerto Rican Community Center in Trenton, serving terms as president, vice president, and secretary. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, and the American Association of University Professors.

Courses Taught: 
  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents
  • Clinical Practice II
  • Diversity and Oppression
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Group Dynamics
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Supervision and Consultation 

Jeounghee Kim

Associate Professor, PhD, Washington in St. Louis

Dr. Kim's research interests include poverty, economic inequality, low income labor markets, and policy analysis.

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Jeounghee Kim is an Associate Professor of Social Work (Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2006). She specializes in analyzing the effects of employment, welfare policies, and family structure on the economic well-being of low-income individuals. She conducts quantitative data analyses using large public data files with a special interest in longitudinal research methods. She is currently examining how the welfare reform of 1996 has affected poor women's job quality and retention and the dynamics of their welfare use. She is also studying how income status (economic deprivation) affects union formation and dissolution among low-income populations. Prior to joining the school, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Martha N. Ozawa Center for Social Policy Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work appeared in Social Work Research, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Welfare Policies and Services I
  • (MSW) Women's Issues
  • (MSW) Social Policy Analysis (Ph.D.)

Joo, M. & Kim. J. (In press). National high school graduation rate: Are recent cohorts taking more time to graduate? Education and Urban Society.

Kim, J. & Joo, M. (2013). Trend in US-born dropouts' GED and postsecondary degree acquisition: Differences by gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Joo, M., & Kim. J. (2013). Net effects of poverty on welfare use and dependency among children by family immigration and citizenship statuses. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1556-1565.

Kim, J. (2012c). Educational differences in marital dissolution: Comparison of White and African American women. Family Relations, 61(4), 811-824.

Kim, J. (2012b). Welfare reform and college enrollment among single mothers. Social Service Review,85(4), 69-91

Kim, J. (2012a). The effects of welfare-to-work strategies on welfare recipients' employment dynamics.Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 33(1), 130-142.

Kim, J. & Joo, M. (2011). Did PRWORA's mandatory school attendance policy increase attendance among targeted teenage girls? Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1616-1623.

Kim, J. (2010b). A diverging trend of marital dissolution by income class. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 51(7), 396-412.

Kim, J. (2010a). Welfare-to-work programs and the dynamics of TANF use. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 31(2), 198-211.

Kim, J. & Joo, M. (2009). Work-related activities of single mothers before and after welfare reform. Monthly Labor Review, December. 3-17.

Kim, J. (2009b). Barriers to work among poor families: Health limitations, family structure, and lack of job opportunities. Journal of Policy Practice,8(4), 317- 334.

Kim, J. (2009a). Does training yield positive outcomes for women on public assistance? Journal of Policy Practice, 8(3), 204-223.

Pandey, S., & Kim, J.(2008). Path to poverty alleviation: Marriage or postsecondary education? Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 29(1), 166-184.

Ozawa, M., Kim, J.& Joo, M. (2006). Income class and accumulation of net worth in the United States.Social Work Research, 30(4), 211-222.

Ozawa, M., Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2006). Volatility in financial conditions of American people. Journal of Social Policy and Social Work, 10, 55-67.

Ozawa, M., Joo, M., & Kim, J. (2004). Economic deprivation and child well-being: A state-by-state analysis of child well-being. Children and Youth Service Review,26 (8), 785-801.

Tirrito, T., Monique E. D., & Kim, J.(2002). Social work doctoral education in Australia and New Zealand.Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, 18 (1+2), 137-143.


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