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Assistant Professor of Psychology
(615) 453-6371
Labry Hall, Room 218
The Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., Cleveland State University
M.C.J., Tiffin University
M.S., Southern New Hampshire University
Ph.D., Capella University

Dr. Jessica Worthington is an assistant professor and Cumberland University’s Director for the Psychology Program. She joined the Cumberland University faculty in 2016. She has also taught at Belmont University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Owens Community College.

Dr. Worthington holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She holds both a Master of Criminal Justice in forensic psychology and a Master of Science in criminal justice with focus on advanced counterterrorism and homeland security. Dr. Worthington also holds a Ph.D. in general psychology.

Her teaching responsibilities primarily include general psychology, social psychology, criminal psychology, and forensic psychology. Dr.  Worthington has taught courses in both the psychology and criminal justice programs.

Dr. Worthington has worked in correctional mental health, supervised forensic assertive case management teams, and was a program director for court appointed special programs at a county probation agency.

Dr. Worthington’s areas of academic interests’ center on prejudice and discrimination, implicit bias, and LGBT issues. Dr. Worthington has research experience in barriers to accessing mental healthcare for LGBT individuals in the Southern U.S. as well as implicit bias.