Jim earned his Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Tennessee in 1978 after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 40 years of clinical experience. Jim joined the Vanderbilt staff in 2000 after working as the Executive Director of the PSI Solutions Center and was the Director of Access at HCA Parthenon Pavilion. He was Director of the Williamson Medical Center inpatient PsychCenter and was an outpatient therapist at Dede Wallace Mental Health Center. Jim has been recognized by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation for his work in Critical Incident Stress Management. He is certified by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP) as a Diplomate in Professional Coaching.