Jennifer H. Wortmann, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow (previously held)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Jennifer Wortmann, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with Mental Health and Chaplaincy who serves as instructor and consultant to chaplains enrolled in the Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services (MHICS) course. Dr. Wortmann is engaged in a variety of research, educational, and clinical efforts related to mental health and chaplaincy integration. She completed her undergraduate education at North Park University, graduate work at the University of Connecticut, clinical internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and postdoctoral training in PTSD and moral injury at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Her work has focused on the intersection of religion and spirituality with PTSD, moral injury, and meaning-making in the context of trauma, bereavement, serious illness, and young adult life transitions. Dr. Wortmann has additional expertise in measure development and psychometric evaluation.

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  1. Van Voorhees EE, Dillon KH, Crombach A, Beaver T, Kelton K, Wortmann JH, Visn-Mid-Atlantic Mirecc Workgroup, Nieuwsma J. Enjoying the violence of war: Association with posttraumatic symptomatology in U.S. combat veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2024 May; 16(4):618-625.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37384480; PMCID: PMC10755059; DOI: 10.1037/tra0001530;
  2. Smigelsky MA, Maynard JL, Ford CG, Parker R, Wortmann JH, Meador KG, Fink A, Nieuwsma JA. Increasing chaplain support for veterans at high risk for suicide through targeted outreach: A quality improvement initiative. J Health Care Chaplain. 2024; 30(1):33-45. PMID: 36288092
  3. Ford CG, Smigelsky MA, Yi JY, Trimm VM, Wortmann JH, Meador KG, Nieuwsma JA. Measuring morality: Analyzing the factor structure of the moral foundations questionnaire in veterans. J Clin Psychol. 2023 Apr; 79(4):954-968. PMID: 36269895
  4. Pernicano PU, Wortmann J, Haynes K. Acceptance and forgiveness therapy for veterans with moral injury: spiritual and psychological collaboration in group treatment. J Health Care Chaplain. 2022; 28(sup1):S57-S78. PMID: 35135436
  5. Smigelsky MA, Trimm V, Meador K, Jackson GL, Wortmann JH, Nieuwsma JA. Core Components of Moral Injury Groups Co-Facilitated by Mental Health Providers and Chaplains. Spiritual Clin Pract (Wash D C ). 2022; 9(3):159-174. PMID: 37360983; PMCID: PMC10288643; DOI: 10.1037/scp0000297;
  6. Wortmann JH, Nieuwsma JA, King HA, Fernandez P, Jackson GL, Smigelsky MA, Cantrell W, Meador KG. Collaborative spiritual care for moral injury in the veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VA): Results from a national survey of VA chaplains. J Health Care Chaplain. 2022; 28(sup1):S9-S24. PMID: 34825859
  7. Wortmann JH, Nieuwsma JA, Cantrell W, Fernandez P, Smigelsky M, Meador K. Chaplain Training in Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Mental Health and Improve Care for Suicidality in Veterans and Service Members. Arch Suicide Res. 2023; 27(1):122-134. PMID: 34520687
  8. Nieuwsma JA, Brancu M, Wortmann J, Smigelsky MA, King HA, Meador KG. Screening for moral injury and comparatively evaluating moral injury measures in relation to mental illness symptomatology and diagnosis. Clin Psychol Psychother. 2021 Jan; 28(1):239-250. PMID: 32830386
  9. Kopacz MS, Nieuwsma JA, Wortmann JH, Reyes ILB, Meador KG. Examining faith-based collaboration in U.S. States' suicide prevention guidelines. J Prev Interv Community. 2020 Jan-Mar; 48(1):81-93. PMID: 31140954
  10. Wortmann JH, Jordan AH, Weathers FW, Resick PA, Dondanville KA, Hall-Clark B, Foa EB, Young-McCaughan S, Yarvis JS, Hembree EA, Mintz J, Peterson AL, Litz BT. Psychometric analysis of the PTSD Checklist-5 (PCL-5) among treatment-seeking military service members. Psychol Assess. 2016 Nov; 28(11):1392-1403.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26751087
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Religious or Spiritual Struggle
Moral Injury
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