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James Whitworth, PhD

James Whitworth, PhD

Portrait of James Whitworth, PhD

Affiliated Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2020
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, Kinesiology, PhD, 2018
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, Kinesiology, MPhil, 2018
  • Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY, Applied Exercise Physiology, MA, 2013
  • SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, Exercise Science, BS, 2012

Expertise and Interests

  • Exercise interventions for PTSD and psychological disorders
  • Impact of PTSD on lifestyle behaviors (physical activity and diet)
  • Impact of PTSD on cardiovascular and metabolic health

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Awards and Honors

  • Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) Awardee, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 2021
  • Early Career Investigator Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 2020
  • Raymond A. Weiss Research Endowment, American College of Sports Medicine, 2017
  • Combat Infantryman Badge, US Army, 2005

Selected Publications

Whitworth JW, Hayes SM, Andrews RJ, Fonda JR, Beck BM, Hanlon LB, Fortier CB, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE. (2020). Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with better cardiometabolic health and lower PTSD severity in post-9/11 veterans. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa005. [Epub ahead of print].Military Medicine.

Whitworth JW, Nosrat S, SantaBarbara NJ, Ciccolo JT. (2019). Feasibility of resistance exercise for posttraumatic stress and anxiety symptoms: A randomized controlled pilot study. doi: 10.1002/jts.22464. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32, 977-984.

Whitworth JW, Nosrat S, SantaBarbara NJ, Ciccolo JT. (2019). High intensity resistance training improves sleep quality and anxiety in individuals who screen positive for posttraumatic stress disorder: A randomized controlled feasibility trial. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 16, 43-49.

Whitworth JW, Craft LL, Dunsiger SI, Ciccolo JT. (2017). Direct and indirect effects of exercise on posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: A longitudinal study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 49, 56-62.

Whitworth JW, Ciccolo JT. (2016). Exercise and PTSD in military veterans: A systematic review. Military Medicine, 9, 953-960. PMID: 27612337

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