DERRICK KRANKE is an adjunct lecturer at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He currently serves as a health science specialist for the Veterans Health Administration’s Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center, where he explores how combat veterans are impacted from volunteering in disaster relief work.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Loyola Marymount University, and his PhD from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Previously, he taught at the Mandel School, where he was recognized with the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award in 2010, as well as Loyola Marymount University, California State University, Northridge, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kranke applies social media and pop culture in his pedagogical approach to research courses. He has published several articles in Social Work Education that disseminate effective practices, including an article that teaches qualitative research through the analysis of Lady Gaga song lyrics. He presented the findings of the song lyrics exercise at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Education.
His research focuses on experiences of “differentness” among youth, young adults, military personnel/veterans and military families. He strives to empower marginalized groups so that they can maintain and capitalize on meaningful life opportunities.
Kranke, D., Gable, A., Weiss, E.L., & Dobalian, A. (accepted). “I’m in a good place now.”: A case study of empowerment of a combat veteran engaged in disaster relief. Social work in Mental Health.
Kranke, D., Weiss, E., Gin, J., Der-Martirosian, C., Brown, J., Saia, R., & Dobalian, A. (in press). A ‘Culture of Compassionate Bad-Asses’: A qualitative study of Combat Veterans engaging in peer-led disaster relief and utilizing Thought Restructuring to mitigate mental health stigma. Best Practices in Mental Health.
Watson, A., Fulambarker, A., Kondrat, D., Holley, L., Kranke, D., Wilkins, B., Stromwall, L., & Eack, S. (in press). Social work faculty and mental illness stigma. Journal of Social Work Education.
Kranke, D., Floersch, J., Jackson, S., Townsend, L. & Anderson-Fye, E. (2013). “I feel like it improves everything”: Empowering experiences of college students utilizing psychiatric treatment. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Kranke, D., Guada, J., Kranke, B. & Floersch, J. (2012). What do African American youth with a mental illness think about help-seeking and psychiatric medication?: Origins of stigmatizing attitudes. Social Work in Mental Health, 10(1), 53-71.
Kranke, D., Floersch, J., Kranke, B. & Munson, M. (2011). A qualitative investigation of self-stigma among adolescents taking psychiatric medication.Psychiatric Services, 62(8), 893-899.
Kranke, D., Floersch, J., Townsend, L. & Munson, M. (2010). Stigma experience among adolescents prescribed psychiatric medications. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(4), 496-505.
Floersch, J., Longhofer, J., Kranke, D. & Townsend, L. (2010). Thematic, grounded theory and narrative methods: A comparative case study.Qualitative Social Work Journal, 9(3), 407-425.
Kranke, D. & Floersch, J. (2009). Mental health stigma among adolescents: Interventions for school social workers. School Social Work Journal, 34(1), 28-42.
Floersch, J., Townsend, L., Longhofer, J., Munson, M., Winbush, V. & Kranke, D. (2009). Adolescent experience of psychotropic treatment.Transcultural Psychiatry, 46(1), 157-179.
Chatteriee, P., Moon, H. & Kranke, D. (2008). Technology transfer.Encyclopedia of social work. (pp. 221-225). Washington, DC: NASW Press.