Faculty and Staff

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
Areas of Specialty
  • 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
Research Grants
Social Work

Program Evaluation Services for K9 Partners for Patriots

  • PI: James Whitworth
  • Amount: $49,840 | Timeframe: 08/01/2019 - 07/31/2021
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: K9 Partners for Patriots
    Social Work

    Program Evaluation Services for K9 Partners for Patriots

  • PI: James Whitworth
  • Amount: $99,680 | Timeframe: 08/01/2019 - 08/31/2023
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: K9 Partners for Patriots
  • 5 Things to Know: Promising New Alternative Therapies for Struggling Veterans
    Written By: News 13 | November 16, 2020
    It’s an alarming reality: Each day in the United States, 22 veterans or military members die from suicide. But Dr. James Whitworth, a UCF associate professor of counseling and military social...
  • 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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