James Andrews

  • Lecturer

James H. Andrews [he/him] is a clinical social worker with expertise in forensic social work. He has been practicing in the field of behavioral health for over thirty-five years as a clinical/forensic social worker, therapist, administrator, risk manager, consultant and educator. He currently provides forensic social work and clinical consultation through his private practice and is a recognized federal and state expert in social work practice and ethics. Andrews has practiced in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Pennsylvania in addition to consulting nationally.

Andrews holds degrees in general management, psychology and social work. He also holds advanced licensure in social work including the LCSW in Pennsylvania, the LICSW in Massachusetts and national certification as a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) with the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. In forensics, he holds credentials in Forensic Counseling, Sentence Mitigation and is a Certified Master Forensic Social Worker. He was a Certified Investigator through the Office of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania. He provides expert witness services in both civil and criminal cases involving behavioral health malpractice, wrongful death, sexual abuse allegations and death penalty mitigation. He also provides compliance and risk management consulting to behavioral health professionals.

Andrews is very active in his professional association, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), having held several leadership positions over the past several years, including PA Chapter President 2007-2009, Public Policy Committee Chair (2009-2011) and in the NASW Delegate Assembly (2008, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023). He currently serves on several committees at both the state and national level with NASW.

Andrews is currently a doctoral candidate at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. His dissertation research is in threat assessment and violence, its causes, pre-identification and prediction.

Selected Awards

  • Outstanding Field Instructor Award 2012: University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (First recipient)
  • Social Worker of the Year Award 2009: NASW-PA Southwest Division

Research Interests

  • Violence risk and prediction
  • Threat assessment
  • Social Work & other professional ethics
  • Forensic Social Work
  • State SW licensure
  • MH/substance abuse and dual diagnosis


  • Book Review of proposed text titled "Forensic Social Work and Criminal Justice: Policy, Practice and International Perspectives" October 2013 Routledge Books
  • Forensic Social Work (reprint) Summer 2009 NASW Missouri News
  • Forensic Social Work Spring 2009 Pennsylvania Social Worker
  • Book Review of "Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals, Eds. Bucky, S.F., Callan, J.E. & Stricker, G. (2005)” Spring 2007 Journal of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work


Areas of Expertise