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James Pittman, PhD, LCSW is the Associate Director of CESAMH’s Clinical Research Unit. He oversees social work and triage services for CESAMH’s clinical activities, and conducts clinical research studies that investigate the relationship between psychological trauma and psychosocial outcomes, and on the implementation and use of technology in assessment and treatment.
In addition to his role as Associate Director of CESAMH’s Clinical Research Unit, Dr. Pittman is the Lead Mental Health Social Worker and Co-Director for La Jolla Outpatient Mental Health Programs for the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Pittman received his Master of Social Work from Portland State University School of Social Work, Portland, Oregon in 2007 and is an independently licensed clinical social worker in California and Oregon. In 2015, He received his PhD in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts. His dissertation was entitled: “Latino Veteran Mental Health Service Utilization: Predictors & Concomitant Factors.” Dr. Pittman is a core faculty of the University of California, San Diego/San Diego VA PTSD Seminar and he maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the San Diego area.
Dr. Pittman’s research interests include the relationship between psychological trauma and psychosocial outcomes, the implementation and use of technology in assessment and treatment approaches, and mechanisms of treatment intervention. Dr. Pittman’s research interests also include better understanding the needs of women, homeless, and racial and cultural minority Veteran populations.
Dr. Pittman’s clinical focus is on evidence-based screening of Veterans for mental and physical health symptoms. His intervention work focuses on psychological symptoms that have a negative impact on the quality of life synthesizing cognitive behavioral, mindfulness oriented, and dynamic theoretical frameworks.
- Godfrey KM., Mostoufi S, Rodgers C, Backhaus A, Floto E, Pittman J, & Afari N. (2015). Associations of military sexual trauma, combat exposure, and number of deployments with physical and mental health indicators in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4): 366-377.
- Angkaw AC, Haller M, Pittman JO, Nunnink SE, Norman SB, Lemmer JA, McLay RN, Baker DG. (2015). Alcohol-Related Consequences Mediating PTSD Symptoms and Mental Health-Related Quality of Life in OEF/OIF Combat Veterans. Military Medicine, 180(6): 670-675.
- Afari N, Pittman J, Floto E, Owen L, Buttner M, Hossain N, & Lohr JB (2015). Differential impact of combat on postdeployment symptoms in female and male veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Military medicine, 180(3): 296-303.
- Pittman JO. (2014). Latino Veterans with PTSD: A Systematic Review. Behavioral sciences (Basel, Switzerland), 4(3): 320-340.
- Dickstein BD, Weathers FW, Angkaw AC, Nievergelt CM, Yurgil K, Nash WP, Baker DG, Litz BT; Marine Resiliency Study Team. (2014). Diagnostic Utility of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist for Identifying Full and Partial PTSD in Active-Duty Military. Assessment, 22(3): 289-97.
- Agorastos A, Pittman JO, Angkaw AC, Nievergelt CM, Hansen CJ, Aversa LH, Parisi SA, Barkauskas DA; Marine Resiliency Study Team, Baker DG. (2014). The cumulative effect of different childhood trauma types on self-reported symptoms of adult male depression and PTSD, substance abuse and health-related quality of life in a large active-duty military cohort. Journal of Psychiatry Research, 58: 46-54.
- Angkaw AC, Ross BS, Pittman JO, Kelada AM, Valencerina MA, Baker DG. (2013). Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and aggression in OEF/OIF veterans. Military Medicine, 178(10): 1044-1050.
- Pittman JO, Goldsmith AA, Lemmer JA, Kilmer MT, & Baker DG. (2012). Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and health-related quality of life in OEF/OIF veterans. Quality of Life Research, 21: 99-103.