Nikki Wooten, Ph.D., LISW-CP
Nikki R. Wooten, PhD, LISW-CP is an Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina College of Social Work and Chair, military specialization. She combines over two decades of clinical social work experience with almost 30 years of military service to conduct research on post-deployment health, behavioral health problems and service utilization, and prescription drug misuse in military and veteran populations. She is principal investigator of Behavioral Health Care in Army Warrior Transition Units (NIDA K01DA037412), which examines behavioral health problems and service utilization in Army Warrior Transition Units using Department of Defense Military Health System and post deployment health assessment and reassessment data in Army service members who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan deployments FY2008-FY2016 (N=883,091) with a specific focus on treatment effects of Warrior Transition Units, gender and racial/ethnic differences. She also co-chairs a HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Interdisciplinary Workgroup that involves faculty, students, and community partners from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Dr. Wooten has over 31 publications related to military, veterans, and vulnerable populations, has developed four military social work courses, and conducted over 70 invited and peer-reviewed presentations, nationally and internationally. Recently, she served on a Council on Social Work Education National Taskforce Steering Committee that was instrumental in developing and publishing a Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Military Social Work. Dr. Wooten also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dorn Research Institute, which is affiliated with the WJB Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center. Previous roles held by Dr. Wooten include Research Fellow, U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Predoctoral Fellow sponsored by the Baltimore VAMC, child therapist at Navy Family Advocacy Anacostia-Annex, and social work consultant at the Armed Forces Center for Child Protection located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she testified as an expert witness in courts-martials and civilian trials, and provided professional training for military and civilian audiences on military family violence nationally and internationally. She also serves on the board of directors of the Dorn Research Institute at the WJB Dorn VAMC. Dr. Wooten also has over 29 years of military service, over 20 years as a licensed clinical social worker with military and civilian children and families, and conducts clinical supervision for professional social workers. Currently, Dr. Wooten is a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves and previously served in the District of Columbia National Guard (1994-2014) as Aide-de-Camp, Secretary General Staff, logistics, and crisis action team operations officers and in the U. S. Army Reserves as an enlisted Soldier (1989-1993).