Faculty and Staff

James Whitworth is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida.  He has also provided extensive private practice counseling for military members, veterans, and their families with depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lt Colonel (Ret) Whitworth served as a clinical social worker and mental health officer in the US Air Force for 21 years. He is the former Chief of Air Force Family Research at the Pentagon and also worked three years as the Chief of Air Force Family Advocacy Operations and Research.

  • Ph.D.
  • LCSW
Research Interests
  • Military families
  • Animal-assisted therapies
  • Clinical skills training
  • PTSD: A Normal Reaction to an Abnormal Situation
    Written By: Drexler B. James ’13 | June 17, 2019
    Post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD, is a mental health condition that people develop after traumatic experiences or witnessing a life-threatening event, as defined by the U.S....
  • Suicide: A Topic We Need to Talk About
    Written By: | November 2, 2018
    The panelists were (seated, left to right) Kim Gryglewicz, Julie Bilsky and Jim Whitworth, here with (standing, left to right) Bonnie Yegidis and Ana Leon. Experts from UCF’s School of...