Jeff holds his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, his MSW, and by Spring 2018 will have earned his DSW all respectively from Penn. Originally from Vermont, he has lived, studied, and worked in the Delaware Valley for the past 25 years. His first post-MSW position was in an outpatient psychosocial rehab with people living with HIV and a mental health diagnosis with many also in recovery from substance abuse. After several years he moved to Southern New Jersey and began work in a healthcare system where he now serves as Lead Social Worker for Renal Services. Jeff joined his health system’s Executive Diversity Council several years into his employment and has become a speaker on LGBT Healthcare issues in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Canada.
He served as a Teaching Assistant at SP2 before becoming an adjunct faculty in Sociology at The College of New Jersey and in Anthropology at Camden County College. Jeff completed his Penn DSW dissertation on the Clinical Significance of Companion Animals for LGBT+ Youth where he used Self Psychology and Attachment Theory as clinical lenses for his qualitative research. In Fall 2017, Jeff had the privilege of presenting his research for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s National Conference in Philadelphia, at the Translating Identify Conference at the University of Vermont, and at the IVYQ Conference at Yale.