James W. Whitworth, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

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

Pronouns: he/him/his

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.

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  1. Nock NL, Stoutenberg M, Cook DB, Whitworth JW, Janke EA, Gordon AJ. Exercise as Medicine for People with a Substance Use Disorder: An ACSM Call to Action Statement. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2024 Feb 01; 23(2):53-57. PMID: 38315433
  2. Whitworth JW, Checko ER, Rosenbaum S. Editorial: Lifestyle interventions for traumatic stress (LIFTS). Front Psychol. 2024; 15:1367344. PMID: 38328378; PMCID: PMC10848493; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1367344;
  3. Pebole MM, Iverson KM, Fortier CB, Werner KB, Fonda JR, Currao A, Whitworth JW, McGlinchey RE, Galovski TE. Associations Between Head Injury, Strangulation, Cardiometabolic Health, and Functional Disability Among Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Womens Health Issues. 2024; 34(2):208-216.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38102057
  4. 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. 2024 Apr; 47(2):220-231.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37698803
  5. 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. 2024 Apr; 31(2):292-304. PMID: 37231222
  6. 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; DOI: 10.1093/milmed/usac431;
  7. 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; PMCID: PMC9757757; DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102346;
  8. 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; PMCID: PMC9022309; DOI: 10.1186/s12888-022-03935-x;
  9. Niles BL, Reid KF, Whitworth JW, Alligood E, Williston SK, Grossman DH, McQuade MM, Mori DL. Tai Chi and Qigong for trauma exposed populations: A systematic review. Ment Health Phys Act. 2022 Mar; 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37885833; PMCID: PMC10601358; DOI: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2022.100449;
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35298209; DOI: 10.1037/hea0001174;
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2021 Anxiety and Depression Association of America: ADAA 2021 Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) Award
2020 New England American College of Sports Medicine: NEACSM New Investigator Award
2017 American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN: ACSM-GNYRC 2017 Spring Conference President's Cup Winner
2016 American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN: Raymond A. Weiss Research Endowment
2009 Bravo Company, 2-108th Inf. US Army: Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 2009
2005 US Army, Iraq: Combat Infantryman Badge
2004 Alpha Company, 4-23rd Inf. US Army: Battalion Soldier of the Month
2004 US Army, Fort Richardson AK: Post Soldier of the Month
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Exercise Physiology
Physical Activity
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Veterans Health
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