Linda McWhorter profile

Linda McWhorter, PhD

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

Programs I Teach


  • 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 who graduated with my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology through the Health Psychology PhD Program at UNC Charlotte. 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 completed a research and clinical fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, specializing in early childhood psychology. My current research and clinical work focuses on parenting and the impact of medical traumatic events on the family.

Research Interests

I am interested in factors that influence parenting capacity in the face of serious and life threatening pediatric medical conditions, including congenital heart defects.  I conduct both qualitative and quantitative studies examining the impact of pediatric medical traumatic stress on the family. I am currently conducting research  exploring a parenting intervention delivered in pediatric primary care and its impact on child social/emotional functioning.


  • Enlow, P. T., McWhorter, L. G., Genuario, K., & Davis, A. (in press). Supervisor-supervisee    interactions: The importance of the supervisory working alliance. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
  • 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.

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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