Linda McWhorter

Linda McWhorter, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Widener Child Therapy Clinic
  • Licensed Psychologist

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology/Health Psychology (2018)
    University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • MA, Clinical/Community Psychology (2014)
    University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • MA, Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology (1991)
    California State University, Los Angeles (CA)
  • BS, Speech and Hearing Sciences/K-12 Education (1987)
    University of South Alabama (AL)

About Me

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in pediatric psychology and child/family therapy with families with young children. I completed a research and clinical fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and PolicyLab, specializing in early childhood psychology.  I completed a pediatric psychology internship and fellowship at Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children specializing in children with congenital heart defect and their families. I graduated with my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology through the Health Psychology PhD Program at UNC Charlotte. Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked for over 25 years as a Spanish speaking early children speech-language pathologist. My commitment to underserved populations, including immigrants and refugees, and other groups facing systemic oppression and marginalization has continues from my speech pathology days into my current career as a psychologist, educator, and researcher. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time in nature, gardening, hiking, and exploring the woods.

Research Interests

I am interested in the impact of context on parenting.  I am currently conducting parenting intervention research through PolicyLab with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with Dr. Joanne Wood, piloting a positive discipline module for parents of young children.  I am examining the impact of serious and life-threatening pediatric medical conditions, specifically congenital heart defects, on parental PTSD, parenting, and child psychosocial outcomes with Dr. Erica Sood from the Nemours Cardiac Center.  I have a longstanding commitment to immigrant and refugee populations and work with PolicyLab on a project disseminating PTSD research to clinicians and interpreters, and community leaders of refugee communities in Pennsylvania. Another research interest is in best practices in socially responsive psychology training.


  • McWhorter, L.G., Christofferson, J., Neely, T., Hildenbrand, A. K., Alderfer, M, Randall, A., Kazak, A, & Sood, E. (in press). Overprotective parenting, parental post-traumatic stress and emotional and behavioral problems in children with congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young 1-8.
  • Gramszlo, C., Karpyn, A., Christofferson, J., McWhorter, L. G., Demianczyk, A. C., Lihn, S. L., Tanem, J., Zyblewski, S., Boyle, E. L., Kazak, A. E., & Sood, E. (2020). Supporting parenting during infant hospitalization for congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 30(10), 1422-1428.
  • Hoffman, M.F., Karpyn, A., Christofferson, J., Neely, T., McWhorter, L. G., Demianczyk, A. C., James R., Hafer, J, Kazak, A. E., & Sood, E. (2020). Fathers of children with congenital heart disease: Sources of stress and opportunities for intervention. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 21(11): e1002-e1009.
  • Enlow, P. T., McWhorter, L. G., Genuario, K., Davis, A. (2019). Supervisor-supervisee interactions: The importance of the supervisory working alliance. Training and Education in Professional Psychology 13(3), 206-211. doi:10.1037/tep0000243
  • McWhorter, L. G. & Gil-Rivas, V. (2014). The effect of brief functional relaxation on college students’ needle anxiety during injected vaccinations. Journal of American College Health, 62(3), 166-172.
  • Johnson, S. & McWhorter, L. (2018).  Temporomandibular joint disorders. In J. Kreutzer; B. Caplan; J. DeLuca (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2nd Edition. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • Gil-Rivas, V. & McWhorter, L. (in press).  Self-medication.  In P. Miller (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Addictive Behaviors.  San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
  • Council of Chairs of Training Councils (2021). CCTC 2020: Social Responsiveness in Health Service Psychology Education and Training Toolkit.
  • McWhorter, L. G., Ortiz, P. M., Gurung, A., Saulinas, K, Walens, L. Anil, L., Stubber, P, Miller, S., & Yun, K. (Spring, 2020). Effective treatment for refugee adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A summary of practice recommendations for clinicians. PolicyLab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Al-Mudaris, M., Saradar, M., Tabidi M., Gurung, A., Ortiz, P., McWhorter, L. G., & Yun, K. (2020) Arabic Glossary: Effective Treatment of Refugee Adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Psychological Association - Member (Division 54)


  • Best Research Poster Award, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative (2018)
  • Graduate Student Poster Award, Society of Pediatric Psychology - Cardiology SIG  (2018)
  • Graduate Student Poster Award, Division 37 - Section for Child Maltreatment  (2014)

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