James W Whitworth, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

James Whitworth
150 S Huntington Avenue


James is an OIF/OEF veteran and former warfighter. Currently, he is a Health Science Specialist at the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and Assistant Professor at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. James’ program of study focuses on examining the effects of exercise on posttraumatic stress disorder and comorbid conditions. He is committed to conducting research that addresses the physical and mental health needs of Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.


  • Columbia University, PhD
  • Columbia University, MPhil
  • Columbia University, MA
  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh, BS


  • Published on 9/12/2023

    Pebole MM, Singleton CR, Hall KS, Petruzzello SJ, Reginald A, Smith BN, Whitworth JW, Gobin RL. Sex-specific associations between self-reported physical activity and PTSD among survivors of sexual violence. J Behav Med. 2023 Sep 12. PMID: 37698803.

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  • Published on 5/25/2023

    Benitez TJ, Artigas E, Larsen B, Joseph RP, Pekmezi D, Marquez B, Whitworth JW, Marcus BH. Barriers and Facilitators to Muscle-Strengthening Activity Among Latinas in the U.S.: Results From Formative Research Assessments. Int J Behav Med. 2023 May 25. PMID: 37231222.

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  • Published on 1/19/2023

    Pebole MM, Singleton CR, Hall KS, Petruzzello SJ, Alston RJ, Whitworth JW, Gobin RL. Impact of Military Affiliation on Exercise Perceptions Among Survivors of Sexual Violence. Mil Med. 2023 Jan 19. PMID: 36653919.

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  • Published on 11/26/2022

    Kaplan DM, Palitsky R, Dunsiger SI, Wu WC, Parker AG, Troubh JK, Whitworth JW, Bock BC. Biological and psychological predictors of heart rate patterns during physical activity. Psychol Sport Exerc. 2023 Mar; 65. PMID: 36532613.

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  • Published on 4/21/2022

    Ciccolo JT, Louie ME, SantaBarbara NJ, Webster CT, Whitworth JW, Nosrat S, Chrastek M, Dunsiger SI, Carey MP, Busch AM. Resistance training for Black men with depressive symptoms: a pilot randomized controlled trial to assess acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy. BMC Psychiatry. 2022 Apr 21; 22(1):283. PMID: 35448974.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Whitworth JW, Scioli ER, Keane TM, Marx BP. Physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, and psychiatric comorbidity among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Health Psychol. 2022 Mar; 41(3):169-177. PMID: 35298209.

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  • Published on 1/4/2021

    Fortier CB, Whitworth JW, Fonda JR, Currao A, Beck BM, Levin L, Esterman M, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE. Early Adolescent Binge Drinking Increases Risk of Psychopathology in Post-9/11 Veterans and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Exacerbates Symptom Severity. Alcohol Alcohol. 2021 Jan 04; 56(1):116-124. PMID: 32776121.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Scioli ER, Smith BN, Whitworth JW, Spiro A, Esterman M, Dutra S, Bogdan KM, Eld A, Rasmusson AM. Moderated mediation for exercise maintenance in pain and posttraumatic stress disorder: A randomized trial. Health Psychol. 2020 Sep; 39(9):826-840. PMID: 32833484.

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  • Published on 6/8/2020

    Whitworth JW, Hayes SM, Andrews RJ, Fonda JR, Beck BM, Hanlon LB, Fortier CB, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Is Associated With Better Cardiometabolic Health and Lower PTSD Severity in Post-9/11 Veterans. Mil Med. 2020 06 08; 185(5-6):e592-e596. PMID: 32060558.

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  • Published on 4/23/2020

    SantaBarbara NJ, Nosrat S, Whitworth JW, Ciccolo JT. Acute Psychological Effects of Resistance Exercise in Men With Symptoms of Muscle Dysmorphia: A Pilot Study. J Strength Cond Res. 2023 Feb 01; 37(2):277-283. PMID: 32332260.

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