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James Whitworth is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida. He has taught graduate clinical social work courses for ten years. Whitworth has also provided private practice counseling for military members, veterans, and their families with depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lt Colonel (Retired) 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 he also worked three years as the Chief of Air Force Family Advocacy Operations and Research. Whitworth has presented and published research on trauma response/recovery/resilience, PTSD assessment/treatment, family violence, military social work education, and building community capacity within military populations. Whitworth also taught behavioral medicine and research to Family Medicine Residents at Eglin Air Force base for six years.

Credentials
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, Florida State University
  • LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Research Interests
  • Military members and veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Assessment and treatment of trauma responses
  • Military social work education programs
  • Alternative treatments for PTSD
  • Service Dogs for PTSD
  • Equine Therapy for PTSD
  • Social Work Professor Helps Show Efficacy of Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD
    Written By: Megan Pabian | February 21, 2020
    James Whitworth, Ph.D., LCSW with his dog, Cowgirl, who is definitely not a service dog. James Whitworth, associate professor in the School of Social Work, has devoted his career to...
  • Understanding PTSD
    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...
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