Gerald A. Strom, MSW

headshot of Gerald A. StromSenior Instructor Emeritus

Gerald Strom is the Director of the Intensive Weekend Program and maintains the faculty rank of Senior Instructor for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University.

He served as Director of Field Education for eleven years. Most recently, he served as Interim Director for Recruitment and Admissions from May through December of 2007. He has been a faculty member since 1989. He teaches courses in child abuse and family violence,
the DSM, and child, adolescent, and adult development. He held the position of Director of Field Education at MSASS for fourteen years.

His professional experience includes thirteen years as Social Work Supervisor at MetroHealth Medical Center's nationally recognized sexual abuse program. He has remained actively involved in the analysis, validation, and treatment of child sexual abuse. He has presented at numerous conferences and training seminars on the recognition, validation, and treatment of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and family violence both locally and nationally. He has served as sexual abuse and clinical consultant to numerous social service agencies and private practitioners. He served as Chair of the Cuyahoga County IntraFamily Sexual Abuse Council for two years, was appointed to the American Bar Association Task Force on Sexual Abuse, and was a member of the executive committee of the Council on Children, Youth, and Families for the Cleveland Federation for Community Planning.

He served as president and vice-president of the Board of Directors of Bellflower Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, has been a member of the clinical advisory board of the West-Side Ecumenical Ministry, and is presently serving as chair of the professional advisory board to the Social Work Department of Ursuline College. He has served as the first vice-president of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Work. He has maintained a private clinical practice for the past 28 years.

Why I Chose This Profession
I am interested in working with children and their families.

“Jerry Strom was so patient and encouraging to me when he first recruited me. I had a life-changing situation occur in my family that caused me to postpone my matriculation. Two year later, he still remembered my name when I reached out to him. He will never never know much that touched me, and he will forever be special to me. I am indeed one of ‘Jerry’s Kids!’ “ – Rosa Nance, MSSA 2014

Teaching Information

Teaching Schedule

Course List:

  • Human Development over the Life Span
  • Advanced Child and Adolescent Development
  • Child Abuse and Family Violence

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Sexual abuse issues of investigation, assessment and treatment
  • Consultation and supervision
  • Field education
  • Clinical practice

Recent Funding

Recent Grants

Lead–EFS Executive Training
Project Director
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

Career Executive Training
Project Director
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio


Master of Social Work
Howard University

Bachelor of Arts
Ohio University

Additional Information


  • Alcohol & Other Drugs of Abuse
  • Children, Youth, and Families (Co- Chair)
  • Mental Health


  • National Association of Social Workers
  • American Association of Social Work with Groups
  • Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work