My Vita

Jill Littrell, MSSW, Ph.D./585 Indian Acres Court Tucker, GA 30084/770-939-7409

GA Psychology License Number=001651/GA LCSW License Number=1738; Certification in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs through NASW


Arizona State University, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. (August, 1981),          (December, 1980).  Dissertation Chair:  Robert Cialdini.  Activity for 1980/1981 was concentrated on dissertation as well as extra course work in statistics, psychopharmacology, and social psychology.  Supervised experience for 1979/1980 was at Good Samaritan Hospital.  Duties included individual therapy, personality assessment, and administration of biofeedback therapy.  Supervised experience for 1978-1979 was at Tri-City Mental Health Center.  Duties included provision of individual therapy and family therapy, conducting intake interviews, and administering personality tests.

University of Wisconsin at Madison, MSSW (January, 1972) financed by stipend from the Lincoln Regional Center.  Training emphasized behavior therapy.  Field work:  Child protective services and work in a family practice clinic associated with Student Health Services.

University of Nebraska at Lincoln, BA in Social Welfare (January, 1970)


Georgia State University, MA in Biology-Molecular Genetics and                   Biochemistry  (January, 2007)         

 DeKalb Technical College, Phlebotomy Technician Certificate;  Training required a five week internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital with over 300 venous sticks.  American Medical Technology Certification was acquired in January of 2006. 


 Veterans Administration Hospital, 7th Street and Indian School Road Phoenix AZ 85021


Georgia State University, Professor School of Social Work, Atlanta, GA (1992-) Course Responsibilities:  BSW Methods I & II; Practicum; Serving as Field Work Coordinator; Substance Abuse; Research Methods; Psychopathology

Arizona State University, Faculty Associate School of Social Work, Tempe, AZ-Course Responsibilities:  An undergraduate course in field work debriefing; Methods I & II undergraduate; Methods I & II graduate; Integrative Seminar-graduate; Psychopathology-graduate; Drugs & Alcohol-cross listed; Research Methods-undergraduate; Community Resources


Providing supervision to 5 social workers working toward clinical licensure (2008-2011)

Consultant to Prevention Research Institute (PRI) which provides training for all persons delivering substance abuse awareness education to recipients of DUIs in the state of Georgia  (2000-2005)

Private Practitioner  Responsibilities:  General private practice including psychological assessments for the Social Security Administration and for Advocates for the Disabled, an agency which serves the homeless as well as others who are applying for Social Security Disability.  Worked with juvenile court referrals.  Worked with employees of the Department of Corrections as an EAP.  Training supervisors in the AZ State Department of Corrections in substance abuse identification and intervention.  Developed and implemented an original program for AZ State Department of Corrections to prevent substance abuse among the staff.  The program was targeted toward the development of healthy attitudes regarding substances, and skill in resisting peer influences. (1987-1992)

Clinical Psychologist in the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Department CIGNA Health Plan, 755 East McDowell, Phoenix, AZ 85006  Responsibilities:  Testing.  Individual, marital, family, and group therapy with persons who were themselves substance abusers or had been affected by the substance abuse of a significant other.  Individual, family, and marital therapy for persons employed by CIGNA who were seeking employee assistance.  Presentation of lectures on the medical aspects of alcoholism.  Presentation of lectures to the urgent care staff on topical concerns.  (1982-1987)

Social Worker in Child Welfare Department of Economic Security, 3003 West Catalina, Phoenix, AZ  Responsibilities:  Investigative work in child abuse.  Preparation of court reports.  Work with families.  Work occurred in both intake and ongoing units. (1975-1977)

Director of Group Living Omaha Home for Girls. 10625 Calhoun Road, Omaha, NB 68112  Responsibilities:  Developing and implementing a structured program for 15 delinquent, adolescent girls in a private residential treatment center. Supervising and hiring a staff of 14 people.  Group and individual counseling.  Some public relations work. (1974-1975)

Psychiatric Social Worker Lincoln Regional Center, Box 80499, Lincoln, NB 68501 Responsibilities:  Work in a 300 bed state hospital.  Supervising and coordinating 7 social workers.  Individual work with adolescent persons, persons with intellectual limitations, acute and chronic adult persons.  Family and group therapy.  Consultation with ward personnel on designing ward programs. (1972-1974)

Ward Aide  Lincoln Regional Center, Box 80499, Lincoln, NB 68501 Responsibilities:  Participated in designing and administering a token economy and individual behavior modification programs.   Facilitated ward government meetings.  Served male security patients, geriatric patients, adolescent patients, and acute-care adult patients. (1967-1970 


Littrell, J. (2016).  Expanding access to medication assisted treatment:  the U.S. government’s response to the current heroin epidemic. Social Work in Mental Health,

Littrell, J. (2014). Will the treatment for schizophrenia be changing soon?  Social   Work in Mental Health, 12 (4), 365-385. Most viewed in 2014 according to publisher

Littrell, J. (2012).  Taking the perspective that a depressive state reflects inflammation:  implications for the use of antidepressant medications. Frontiers in Psychology, Available on line. cited by 12; viewed by 5,370

Littrell, J., & Lacasse, J. (2012).  The controversy over antidepressant drugs in an era of evidence-based practice.   Social Work in Mental Health, 10 (6), 445-463. Cited by 6; Featured article on Psychology Progress Web Site

Littrell, J., & Lacasse, J. (2012). Controversies in psychiatry and DSM-5: the relevance for social work. Families in Society, 93 (4), 265-270.  Available on line. Cited by 5; downloaded 1205 times from Scholarworks

Littrell, J. (2012) Can a Diagnosis Be Epidemic, with Therapeutic Efforts the Catastrophe? Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 14 (2), 91-109.

Littrell, J. (2012) Is there Evidence for the Bipolar Spectrum and the Safety of Pharmaceutical Interventions? Social Work in Mental Health, 10 (3), 169-182.

Littrell, J. (2011). How addiction happens, how change happens, and what social workers need to know to be effective facilitators of change. Journal of  Evidence Based-Social Work, 8(5), 469-486. Cited by 1 listed as one of the most read articles by the journal’s website

Littrell J., & Brooks F. II. (2010). In defense of the Community Reinvestment Act. Journal of Community Practice, 18, 417-439. Cited by 9

Littrell, J. (2010).  Perspectives emerging from neuroscience on why people become addicted and what to do about it. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10 (3) 229-256. Cited by 3

Littrell, J., Brooks, F. II, Ivery, J. & Ohmer, M.  (2010).  Why you should care about the threatened middle class. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 37 (2), 85-112. Cited by 9

Littrell, J. & Lyons, P. (2010).  Pediatric Bipolar Disorder:  An Emerging Issue.  Children and Youth Services Review, 32(7), 945-964. Cited by 9

 Littrell, J. & Lyons, P. (2010).  Pediatric Bipolar Disorder:  An Issue for Child Welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(7), 965-973. Cited by 11

 Littrell, J., Brooks, F. II, Ivery, J., & Ohmer, M. (2009).  Inequality and Its Discontents. Journal of Community Practice, 17, 1-20. Cited by 3

Littrell, J. (2009).  Expression of emotion:  When it causes trauma and when it helps. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. 6 (3), 300-320. Cited by 12

Littrell, J.  (2008).  The status of  Freud’s legacy on emotional processing:  Contemporary revisions.   Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 46, (2), 477-499. Cited by 2

 Littrell, J.  (2008).  The mind-body connection:  Not just a theory anymore.  Social Work in Health Care, 46, 17-38. Cited by 35

Littrell, J  (2008).  Incorporating information about neuroscience and endocrinology regarding sexual orientation into Social Work education. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 18 (2), 101-128. Cited by 2

Littrell, J. (2007).  New developments in understanding cardiovascular disease and the implications for Social Work. Social Work in Health Care, 46, 35-49. Cited by 6

Littrell, J. (2004).  Obtaining informed consent when a profession labels itself as treating mental illness. Social Work in Mental Health, 1 (4), 107-122. Cited by 5

 Littrell, J.  (2001).  What neurobiology has to say about why people abuse alcohol and other drugs. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1, 23-40. Cited by 4

Littrell, J., & Beck, E.  (2001).  Predictors of depression in a sample of African-American homeless men:  Identifying effective coping strategies given varying levels of daily stressors. Community Mental Health Journal, 37, 15-29. Cited by 39

Littrell, J., & Beck, E. (2000).  Do inner-city, African-American males exhibit “bad attitudes” toward work? Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, XXVII, (2) 3-24 cited by 4

Littrell, J., & Beck, E. (1999).  Perceiving oppression:  Relationships with resilience, self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and reliance on God in African-American homeless men. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 26, 137-158. Cited by 15

Littrell, J. (1998).  Is the reexperience of painful emotion therapeutic? Clinical Psychology Review, 18, 71-102. Cited by 130 per Google Scholar

Littrell, J., & Diwan, S. D. (1998).  Attitudinal predictors of preferred policy options for addressing the needs of poor children:  Contrasting AFDC with work programs. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, XXV, 69-99. Cited by 8

Littrell, J., & Diwan, S. D.  (1998).  Social workers’ attitudes towards welfare reform:  Comparing AFDC to work programs. Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 22, 137-149. Cited by 8

Littrell, J., Diwan, S. D., & Bryant, C. J.  (1996).  Negotiating Advance Directives for persons with AIDS. Social Work in Health Care, 23, 43-65. Cited by 9

Diwan, S. D., & Littrell, J.  (1996).  The effects of small group dynamics on focus group work:  Implications for social work research and practice. Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 20, 95-106. Cited by 4

Littrell, J.  (1996).  How psychological states impact the immune system:  Implications for intervening with persons with HIV. Health and Social Work, 21, 287-295. Cited by 22

Littrell, J., & Ashford, J. (1995).  Is it proper for psychologists to discuss medications with clients?  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 26, 238-244. Cited by 27

Littrell, J. (1995).  Clinical practice guidelines for depression in primary care:  What social workers need to know. Research in Social Work Practice, 5, 131-151. Cited by 6

 Littrell, J. & Diwan, S.  (1995).  The beliefs predicting support for heroin legalization. Journal of Drug Issues, 25, 649-668. Cited by 7

Littrell, J. (1994).  The relationship between time since antidepressant reuptake-blocker discontinuation and relapse. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2, 82-94. Cited by 12

Littrell, J., & Ashford, J. (1994).  The duty of social workers to refer for medications:  A study of field instructors. Social Work Research & Abstracts, 18, 123-128. Cited by        10

Littrell, J. (1993). The impact of controllability of the consequences on observer evaluation of eager responding and deviant behavior. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 8, 453-469. Cited by 2

Littrell, J. & Magel, D. (1991).  The influence of self-concept on change in client behavior. Research in Social Work Practice, 1, 46-67. Cited by 8

Littrell, J.  (1988).  The Swedish studies of the adopted children of alcoholics. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 49, 491-499. Cited by 30 


Littrell, J. (2015). Therapeutic tasks at the drug court.  In K. Corcoran (Eds.) Social Work Desk Reference III.  (pp. 1151-1158).  New York: Oxford University Press.

Littrell, J. (2012).  Depression as an inflammatory disease.  In H.C. Matto, J. Strolin-Goltzman, & M. S. Ballan (Eds). Neuroscience for Social Work. New York:  Springer. 

Littrell, J. (2002). Reprint of article: What neurobiology has to say about why people abuse alcohol and other drugs.  In R. T. Spence, D. M. DiNitto, & S. L. A. Straussner (Eds.)  Neurobiology of Addictions: Implications for Clinical Practice.  New York:  Haworth Social Work Practice Press.

Ashford, J., & Littrell, J. (1994).  Psychopathology.  In J. Figueira-McDonough, F. E., Netting, & A. M. Nichols-Casebolt, The Role of Gender in Practice Knowledge: Claiming Half the Human Experience (pp. 127-168).  New York:  Garland Press. Cited by 2

Littrell, J. (1994).  Is the emphasis on genetics distorting our approaches to mental disorders?  Yes.  In S. A. Kirk and S. D. Einbinder (Eds.) Controversial Issues in Mental Health (pp. 105-111).  New York:  Allyn and Bacon.

Littrell, J. (1994). The pharmacology of alcohol use.  In J. L. Lewis (Ed.) Addictions: Concepts and Strategies for Treatment  (pp. 163-180).  Gaithersburg, MD:  Aspen Publishers, Inc. cited by 13 


 Littrell, J. (2015). Neuroscience for psychologists and other mental health professionals: promoting well being and treating mental illness.  New York:  Springer Publishing. Cited by 1

Littrell, J. (1991). Understanding and treating alcoholism: An empirically based clinician’s handbook for the treatment of alcoholism.  Vol. I.  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Cited by 16

Littrell, J. (1991).  Understanding and treating alcoholism: Biological, psychological, and social aspects of alcohol consumption and abuse.  Vol. II.  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Cited by 28


Littrell, J. (2013).  “Mad Science:  Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory, & David Cohen. Best Practices in Mental Health.

Littrell, J. (2003). “Multiculturalism and the Therapeutic Process” by Judith Mishne. Community Mental Health Journal, 39, 183-184.

Littrell, J. (1999).  “Mental illness in the Family: Issues and Trends”. Families in Society, 80, 100-101.


Littrell, J., & Lacasse, J. (2012).  Invited response to Dr. Matti Huttunen on the issue of the efficacy of psychotropic medications. Psykologi (magazine in Finland).  Invited by psychologist Jussi Valtonen who read my blog on madinamerica web site.

Littrell, J. (2012).  Chapter on cocaine addiction. For Gannett Education, under the direction of Oren Shtayermman Ph.D., LCSW, New York Insitutte of Technology.

Littrell, J. (2012).  Chapter on alcoholism. For Gannett Education, under the direction of Oren Shtayermman Ph.D., LCSW, New York Insitutte of Technology.

Littrell, J. (2012). Chapter on opiates and drug courts.  For Gannett Education, under the direction of Oren Shtayermman Ph.D., LCSW, New York Insitutte of Technology.

Littrell, J. (2012).  Child Welfare: A vulnerable population.  In A. Powell & J. Gray-Petersen,( Eds.).  Child Welfare: Current Issues, Practices and Challenges.  Hauppauge, NY:; Reprinted in International Journal of Medical and Biological Frontiers 2012, 18 (9)

Littrell, J. (2003).  Obtaining informed consent when a profession labels itself as treating mental illness.  Internet conference sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.  Reprinted as article

Littrell, J. (2001).  Training module on legal and ethical issues prepared for NIAAA as part of curriculum on “Social Work Education for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders”

Littrell, J. (2000).  Should the expression of emotional memories be a goal for therapy. Forum Harvard Mental Health Letter, June, p. 8.

Littrell, J. (1994).  Health-promoting responses to HIV infection and interventions that support them. Positive Impact Journal, 1, 2-5. Cited by 5


2013        Book reviewer for Sage

2013         Reviewer for BMC Psychiatry

2013         Reviewer for Neuropscyhiatric Disease and Treatment

2012          Reviewer for Social Work in Mental Health

2012          Reviewer for Sociological Perspectives, Journal of the Pacific     Sociological Association

2012          Reviewer for Social Work in Health Care  

2012         Reviewer BMC Psychiatry

2012          Blogger on Mad in America websit

2011         Reviewer for Social Work in Health Care

2011        Reviewer for Child and Family Social Work

2009        Reviewer for Psychology Research and Behavior Management

2009        Reviewer for Child Development Perspectives

2006        Reviewer for Wiley.   

2004       Reviewer for Psychosomatic Medicine           

2004      Reviewer for Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice

2003     Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Consortium funded by NIH/NIDA to conduct multi-disciplinary, community-based, and culturally-grounded research on drug use prevention.

2000    Member of the Council for Scientific Mental Health Practice

2000   Member of the Committee to prepare training modules (curriculum) for Social Work Education for the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders sponsored by NIAAA 

1999  Member of the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) task force mandated to establish a certification for ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs)

1995 Member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Journal of Applied Social Science


2014  Presentation to the GA NASW annual convention “Update on the controversy on the DSM-V and the relevance for social work” on 10/24/14.

2013 Presentation on “Dietary and life style modification for changing mood and behavior” at WRAP Summit at Copeland Center in Philadelphia, PA on September 12, 2013.    

2013 Presentation on “Interventions for Children” at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry in November in Greensboro, NC on November 2, 2013

2012 Presentation on “Update on Depression as an Inflammatory Disease” at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry in Novermeber in Philadelphia, PA on November 2, 2012

2012 Invited participant in “Evaluating the use of psychotropic drugs in   Georgia’s  foster care system” roundtable at Emory Law School on 4/12/12     

2011 Presentation on “Depression is an Inflammatory Disease” at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry in October in Culver City, CA on October 28, 2011

2010 Presentation of paper on the Community Reinvestment Act with Fred Brooks at American Sociology Convention in Atlanta, GA in August

2010 In-service on Motivational Interviewing for United Way (Atlanta Ga) Outreach Program

2010 Presenter in GSU Biology Department on Neuroscience of Addiction

2009 Presenter in the GSU Biology Department on stress and cardiovascular             disease;  Presenter in GSU Biology Department on Neuroscience of Addiction

2006 Presenter of ethics module on alcoholism presented at Clark Atlanta commissioned by Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

2006  Provided continuing education for staff and groups for clients at Clean Street, program to employ homeless individuals funded through GA Department    of Labor        

2002   In-service on substance abuse for the Resource Opportunity Center, a social service agency serving the homeless

2000  Invited speaker at the Summit on Addictions sponsored by the School of Social Work University of Texas at Austin

1998 Member of the Board of Directors for Crossroads Community Ministries, which provides social services to the homeless

1996  Presentation to Georgia Conference on Social Welfare on attitudes of Georgians toward Work First

1995  Presentation to Clinical Psychology students and faculty at Emory University on “Is catharsis therapeutic?”

1994  Article published in the Positive Impact Newsletter (a local newsletter) entitled:  How psychological states impact the immune system and suggestions for intervening with HIV-seropositive individuals.

1994  Member of the Task Force of Fulton County DFCS special project on child abuse

1994  Member of the Research Advisory Council for Fulton County Mental Health

1993 Mini-course on issues in families of alcoholics presented to the social work staff of Grady Hospital

1993 Lecture on reflective listening delivered as part of a training package for volunteers at Planned Parenthood of Atlanta

1992 Interviewing for Case managers.  Delivered at the request of Atlanta Regional Commission to an audience of case managers