Social Work

James C. Petrovich

James Petrovich joined the TCU Department of Social Work in 2010. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Social Work from Mississippi College in 1999, his Masters in Social Work from New York University in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009. His doctoral dissertation, funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, assessed the use of assistance service use by homeless veterans. He has taught courses in research methods, human behavior theory, and macro social work practice. He has also facilitated field seminar classes and served as the Director of Field Education from 2012-2013. Dr. Petrovich’s main research area continues to be the social problem of homelessness with specific interest in veterans who are homeless, the Housing First housing intervention, and outreach to unsheltered people who are homeless. He is an active scholar, publishing his research in peer-reviewed professional journals and presenting at national conferences. In addition to TCU, Dr. Petrovich holds appointments at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Dallas VA Medical Center. He is also a member of the research team evaluating Directions Home, the City of Fort Worth’s plan to make homelessness rare, short-term, and non-recurring by 2018. He can be reached at

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