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James Andrews
James H. Andrews
Associate Teaching Professor of Social Work, World Campus Master of Social Work program
Summary Statement

Andrews is the director of field education for the HDFS online Master of Social Work program.

  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
  • World Campus
  • Graduate Program
  • Social Work
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  • Ph.D. candidate (projected defense 2023), Case Western Reserve University – Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland, OH
  • M.S.W., 1995, Social Work (administration and clinical practice dual tracks), Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
  • B.S., 1992, General Management (finance and marketing), Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
  • B.A., 1992, Psychology, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
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Office Address
015 Health and Human Development Building
Professional Credentials

Professional licenses and certifications:

  • LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker): Pennsylvania
  • LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker): Massachusetts
  • BCD: Board Certified Diplomate of Clinical Social Work: American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

Honors and awards:

  • Outstanding Field Instructor Award 2012: University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (Inaugural recipient)
  • Social Worker of the Year Award 2009: NASW-PA Southwest Division
Professional Experience

Academic experience:

The Pennsylvania State University
Associate Teaching Professor of Social Work & Psychology
Director of Field Education – Social Work
World Campus – Social Work Graduate Program University Park, PA
2022 – present

University of Pittsburgh
Faculty: Lecturer graduate social work program 
Oakland campus – Cathedral of Learning Pittsburgh, PA
2020 - 2022
Program Coordinator – MSW-Johnstown Program (Visiting Lecturer)
University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Johnstown Campus
2018 – 2020
Adjunct Faculty (part time) – Adjunct Professor
University of Pittsburgh    School of Social Work, Graduate Program 
Oakland campus – Cathedral of Learning Pittsburgh, PA
2005 – 2018

Chatham University
Part-time Professor
Chatham University, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Pittsburgh, PA
2021 -2022

Simmons University (formally Simmons College), Boston, MA
Senior Instructor & Course Lead (part-time) 
School of Social Work – Graduate Program 
2018 – 2020
Instructor (part-time) 
2015 – 2018

California University of Pennsylvania
Field Coordinator/Professor – Department of Social Work BSW & MSW Programs – California, PA    
2014 – 2016

Case Western Reserve University
Adjunct Senior Instructor 
Case Western Reserve University – Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Graduate Program 
Cleveland, OH 
2010-11, 2014-18

Seton Hill University
Adjunct Faculty (part-time) 
Division of Social Sciences Social Work Department, Undergraduate Program 
2008 – 2009

Professional experience:

Manager – Quality Improvement
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (UPMC-WPIC)
Assignments: Mon Yough Community Services, Inc. McKeesport, PA 15132
Manager – Quality Assurance & Risk Management (2003 – 2014)
Acting Clinical Supervisor for Center for Substance Abuse (2010, 2012, 2013)
Director – Forensic Services and Women, Children & Adolescent Services (2003-2004)

Clinical Director: Outpatient Services
Worthington Center, Inc. Parkersburg, WV 

County Director (Ritchie & Tyler Counties)
Westbrook Health Services, Inc. Parkersburg, WV 

Clinical Director: Outpatient Substance Abuse     
Co-Clinical Director: Family Care Center
The Center for Health and Human Services, Inc. New Bedford, MA    

Program & Clinical Director
Northeastern Family Institute - Genesis Program (Taunton site) Danvers, MA 
Forensic & Clinical Legal Consultant
Forensic Behavioral Associates (Owner): Clinical and forensic consulting/expert witness services in criminal & civil court cases, training, clinical supervision and risk management/compliance and administrative consulting (formerly Andrews Consulting & Evaluation). Greensburg, PA 
1995 – present

Clinical Social Worker
Community Counseling of Bristol County Taunton, MA 

Youth Care Coordinator
Harmony Hill School, Inc. Chepachet, RI 

Court Appointed Special Advocate
Rhode Island Family Court – Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Providence, RI 

Senior Milieu Therapist
Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital East Providence, RI 

Grants and Research Projects

Dissertation in progress:

  • Case Western Reserve University – Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
  • Research area: Threat Assessment & Violence Risk Prediction
  • Title: The Lived Experience of the Clinician’s Role In the Threat Assessment of Violence Risk in Community Mental Health Center Clients 

This dissertation will utilize the WHO typology of violence and will focus on interpersonal violence (including but not exclusively ASE’s) directed at acquaintances, friends, family members, romantic partners and strangers. This type of violence could occur in the private home, workplace or greater community. It will be mainly physical and psychological in nature though could encompass sexual violence. Deprivation and neglect, though acknowledged as forms of violence, will not be addressed in this dissertation. Of primary interest to the author is the investigation of the MHP’s cognitive processes and schemas used in assessing an individual with a mental illness who may become violent. The specific nature of violence is more contextual for the purposes of this dissertation.


Andrews, J.H. (October 2013). Book Review: "Forensic Social Work and Criminal Justice: Policy, Practice and International Perspectives". Routledge Books

Andrews, J.H. (2009 Summer) Forensic Social Work (reprint), NASW Missouri News

Andrews, J.H. (2009 Spring) Forensic Social Work, Pennsylvania Social Worker

Andrews, J.H. (Spring 2007). Book Review: "Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals, Eds. Bucky, S.F., Callan, J.E. & Stricker, G. (2005)" Journal: National Organization of Forensic Social Work