Publications & Presentations



Worthen, M. (2017) After the Medical Error. JAMA 317(17).


Veale, A., Worthen, M, McKay, S. (2017) “Reweaving relating in social reintegration with war-affected young mothers and their children in Liberia, Sierra Leone and northern Uganda.” In M. Denov and B. Akesson (Eds.) Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, Practice.  New York: Columbia University Press.


Veale, A., Worthen, M, McKay, S. (2017) Transformative spaces in the social reintegration of former child solder young mothers in Sierra Leone, Liberia and northern Uganda. Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 23(1): 58-66.


Worthen, M., Rathod, S., Cohen, G., Sampson, L., Ursano, R., Gifford, R., Fullerton, C., Galea, S., Ahern, J. (2015) Anger and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity in a Trauma-Exposed Military Population: Differences by Trauma Context and Gender. Journal of Traumatic Stress 28: 539-546 DOI: 10.1002/jts.22050


Weingarten, K. and Worthen, M. (2015) Unreliable Bodies: A Follow-up Twenty Years Later by a Mother and Daughter about the Impact of Illness and Disability on their Lives. Family Process. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12197


Worthen, M., Leonard, T., Blair, T.R., Gupta, N. (2015) Experiences of parents caring for infants with rare scalp mass as identified through a disease-specific blog. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 28(6): 750 – 758. 10.3122/jabfm.2015.06.150080


Ahern, J., Worthen, M., Masters, J., Lippman, SA., Ozer, EJ., Moos, R. (2015) The challenges of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans' transition from military to civilian life and approaches to reconnection. Plos One 10(7). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0128599


van Olphen, JE.; Wallerstein, N.; Evans, J.; McClinton-Brown, R.; Tokunaga, J.; Worthen, M. (2015) A San Francisco Bay Area CBPR Training Institute: Experiences, Curriculum and Lessons Learned. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. DOI:10.1177/2373379915596350


Worthen, M. (2015) Susan Shepler, Childhood Deployed: Remaking Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone. Peace Review 27(2). DOI:10.1080/10402659.2015.1037668


Worthen, M., Rathod, S., Cohen, G., Sampson, L., Ursano, R., Gifford, R., Fullerton, C., Galea, S., Ahern, J. (2014) Anger Problems and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Male and Female National Guard and Reserve Service Members. Journal of Psychiatric Research 55: 52-58. DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2014.04.004


Worthen M. & Ahern J. (2014) The Causes, Course, and Consequences of Anger Problems in Veterans Returning to Civilian Life. Journal of Loss and Trauma 19(4): 355-363. DOI:10.1080/15325024.2013.788945


Veale, A., McKay, S., Worthen, M, Wessells,M. (2013) Participation as principle and tool in social reintegration: Young mothers formerly associated with armed groups in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Northern Uganda.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma 22(8). DOI:10.1080/10926771.2013.823635


Veale, A., McKay, S., Worthen, M. & Wessells, M. (2013) Children of young mothers formerly associated with armed forces or groups in Sierra Leone, Liberia and northern Uganda. In O Riordan, J., Horgan, D. & Martin, S. Early Childhoods in the Global South: Local and International Contexts. Oxford: Peter Lang Publishers.


Worthen, M., Onyango, G., Veale, A., Wessells, M., McKay, S. (2013) Facilitating War-Affected Young Mothers’ Reintegration: Lessons from a Participatory Action Research Study in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. International Journal of Social Science Studies 1(1): 145-149. DOI:10.11114/ijsss.v1i1.43


Worthen, M., McKay, S., Veale, A., Wessells, M. (2012) Reintegration of young mothers: young mothers seeking reintegration after periods of time spent living with fighting forces and armed groups face exclusion and stigma rather than the support they and their children badly need. Forced Migration Review 40.


Worthen, M., Moos, R., Ahern, J. (2012) Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ experiences living with their parents after separation from the military. Contemporary Family Therapy. 34(3): 362-375. DOI:10.1007/s10591-012-9196-4


Worthen, M. (2011) Sex Trafficking or Sex Work: Conceptions of Trafficking Among Anti-Trafficking Organizations in Nepal. Refugee Survey Quarterly 30(3): 87-106.


Worthen, M. (2011) The Relations Between Traumatic Exposures, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anger in Male and Female Veterans. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy: An International Forum 23(3-4): 188-201.


McKay, S., Veale, A., Worthen, M. and Wessells, M. (2011) Building Meaningful Participation in (Re)Integration Among War-Affected Young Mothers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counseling in Areas of Armed Conflict 9(2): 108-124.


Worthen, M., McKay, S., Veale, A., and Wessells, M. (2010) ‘I Had No Idea You Cared About Me’: Empowerment of Vulnerable Mothers in the Context of Reintegration. In Bård Mæland (ed.), Culture, Religion, and the Reintegration of Female Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda. New York: Peter Lang.


Worthen, M., Veale, A., McKay, S., and Wessells, M. (2010) ‘I Stand Like A Woman’: Empowerment and Human Rights in the Context of Community-Based Reintegration of Girl Mothers Formerly Associated With Fighting Forces and Armed Groups. Journal of Human Rights Practice 2(1): 49-70.


Weingarten, K and Worthen, M. (1997) A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Illness Experiences of a Mother and Daughter. Families, Systems, and Health: The Journal of Collaborative Family Health Care 15(1): 41-54. (Reprinted in The Psychological and Social Impact of Disability ed. Marinelli, R.P. and Dell Orto, A.E. Fourth Edition. New York: Springer Publications, 1999.)





Worthen, M., McKay, S., Veale, A., and Wessells, M. (2011) Gender-Based Insecurity and Opportunities for Peace: Supporting the Reintegration of Young War-Affected Mothers. Disarmament Forum: Journal of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. Issue 3.


Onyango, G. and Worthen, M. (2010) Handbook on Participatory Methods for Community-Based Projects: A Guide for Programmers and Implementers Based on the Participatory Action Research Project with Young Mothers and their Children in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Northern Uganda.


McKay, S., Veale, A., Worthen, M. and Wessells, M. (2010) Community-Based Reintegration of War-Affected Young Mothers: Participatory Action Research (PAR) in Liberia, Sierra Leone & Northern Uganda.


McKay, S., Robinson, M., Gonsalves, M. and Worthen, M. (2006) Girls Formerly Associated with Fighting Forces and Their Children: Returned and Neglected. Child Soldiers Newsletter.


McKay, S., Burman, M., Gonsalves, M. and Worthen, M. (2004) Known but Invisible: Girl Mothers Returning from Fighting Forces. Child Soldiers Newsletter.


Worthen, M. ed. (2002) Trauma Resources for the Community: Tools for Adults, Children and Community Workers. Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland: Derry City Council.