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Contact Information:
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161 MC 191
james.pittman@va.gov

Biography

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.

Research/Clinical Interests

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.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications