Christopher Weatherly

Assistant Professor

Christopher Weatherly
Christopher Weatherly

Assistant Professor




279 Williams Street
Room: 343
Athens, GA 30602

Chris Weatherly is a licensed clinical social worker whose research areas of interest include strengthening rural mental health systems and unpacking the intersections of climate change, environmental degradation, species loss, and mental well-being. He has over 10 years of experience as a mental health professional and has worked within acute psychiatric settings, post-disaster, and rural contexts with populations with severe mental illness, substance use concerns, and complex trauma histories.

His teaching experience centers around the subjects of mental health, direct practice, and climate justice. He is passionate about social work education and in effectively training students to work in resource depleted systems where it may be difficult to maintain a sense of hope due to burnout, vicarious trauma, and high caseloads.

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  • Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • MSW, Tulane University
  • MPH, International Health and Development, Tulane University
  • B.A., Political Science/French, Tulane University
Research Interests
  • Rural and farmer mental health
  • Climate change and mental health
  • One Health, Ecohealth, and Planetary Health frameworks
Teaching Specialties
  • Social work practice with individuals, families, and groups
  • Assessment and differential diagnosis
  • Suicide treatment and interventions
  • Mental health and the environment
  • Climate justice

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