Jerilyn Dufresne, M.S.W.

Lecturer in Human Services

  • 1800 College Ave
  • Quincy, IL 62301

Jerilyn Bozarth Dufresne, LCSW is an alumna of QU. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a best selling author in the cozy mystery genre. Jeri has been teaching at QU for the past nine years in the behavioral sciences department, returning to her hometown of Quincy after having an adventurous 16 years traveling the world and giving workshops on crisis intervention and also doing disaster work. She truly enjoys teaching online and also enjoys working with her certified therapy dog, Gus, volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes, and youth programs. Read more>


  • Certificate in Trauma Counseling, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, March 1997.
  • George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis MO.  May 1984.
  • Troy State University, Troy AL.  Major:  Social Science.  Minors:  Psychology and Criminal Justice.  March 1979.  Honors:  Summa Cum Laude.

Published Works:

Dufresne, J. The Samantha Darling Mystery Series, Books 1-7, and ongoing

Badzmierowski, W. & Dufresne, J. (2005). Dealing with office bullies. EAP Digest, 25(4), 18-21.

Dufresne, J. (1995). Training tips from our experts: Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Journal of Safe Management of Disruptive and Assaultive Behavior, 4(4), 11.

Dufresne, J. (2002). True Safety Begins with You. Homeland Defense Journal, 1(18), 19.

Dufresne, J. (2003). Communication Is the Key to Crisis De-escalation. Law and Order Magazine, 51(8), 73-75.

Dufresne, J. (2003). Thanks for the “stupid” training. Campus Safety Journal, 11(9), 32.

Dufresne, J. (2005). Crime is easy, Shakespeare is hard. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 14(4), 245-248.

Dufresne, J. (with Dorn, M.). (2005). Keeping students and schools safe. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 14(2), 93-96.

Dufresne, J. & Badzmierowski, W. (2006) Another tool for your toolbox. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 15(2), 73-74.

Dufresne, J. & Watters, R. (2006) Keeping your cool when you’re hot under the collar. CorrectCare, 20(1), 2.