Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW, works as a psychotherapist, clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, and anthropologist in areas related to health and mental health practice and the cross-cultural study of mental illness. He is especially interested in the roles stigma and shame play in the social and psychological dynamics of practitioner/patient interactions. He is coauthor of a 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 for engaged scholarship and most effectively in the study of open practice systems (with Jerry Floersch and Janet Hoy). He has recently conducted ethnographic research in childcare settings and among children with parents suffering from life-threatening illnesses. 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. 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.
He has served as editor and associate editor of journals for the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology (Culture and Agriculture and Human Organization). And he has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.
He earned a graduate degree in social work from Smith College School for Social Work and in 2007 completed training in adult psychoanalysis at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. He completed four years of coursework in child and adolescent psychoanalysis at the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work.