Jennifer Wolff, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Jennifer Wolff, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Rhode Island and Bradley hospitals, as well as director of the COBRE-funded Pediatric Biopsychology Core at Bradley Hospital. She is also director of the Adolescent Mental Health Collaborative  (AMHC) at Brown University, and an associate professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

As director of the Pediatric Biopsychology Core at Bradley Hospital, Dr. Wolff helps promote sleep and mental health research. As the director of the AMHC, she works to improve mental health for youth through research, treatment, and training. 

Dr. Wolff completed her undergraduate work at Gordon College in Massachusetts; received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2008 from Virginia Tech; and completed her residency and postdoctoral training through the Brown University Psychology Training Consortium.

She has received the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. This award is given to a psychologist whose research has led to important discoveries or developments in the field of applied psychology.

Dr. Wolff’s program of research translates theoretical knowledge into practical solutions that directly impact patients’ lives, by developing interventions, treatments, and other medical advancements that are proven effective. Her current projects include large-scale data collection in the inpatient setting and improving routine practices and quality of care in inpatient and community settings. She also investigates the use of technology in dissemination and implementation research. Dr. Wolff has pioneered a cognitive behavioral therapy program for inpatient adolescents that includes scaling to train hospital staff.



Outpatient Child Psychiatry, Coro Center
Coro Center West (directions)
1 Hoppin Street, Suite 204
Providence, RI 02903


  • Post Graduate:  Virginia Tech University
  • Internship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Fellowship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


Selected Publications

  • Wolff, J.C. & Ollendick, T.H. (2006). The comorbidity of conduct problems and depression in childhood and adolescence. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 9, 201-220. doi:10.1007/s10567-006-0011-3
  • Jarrett, M. A., Wolff, J. C., & Ollendick, T. H. (2007). Concurrent validity and informant agreement of the ADHD module of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 29(3), 159-168. doi:10.1007/s10862-006-9041-x
  • Ollendick, T. H., Jarrett, M. A., Grills-Taquechel, A. E., Hovey, L. D., & Wolff, J. C. (2008). Comorbidity as a predictor and moderator of treatment outcome in youth with anxiety, affective, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and oppositional/conduct disorders. Clinical Psychology Review, 28(8), 1447-1471. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2008.09.003
  • Wolff, J.C., Greene, R.W., Ollendick, T.H. (2008). Differential responses of children with varying degrees of reactive and proactive aggression to two forms of psychosocial treatment. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 30, 37-50. doi:10.1300/J019v30n01_03
  • Ollendick, T.H., Jarrett, M.A., Wolff, J.C., & Scarpa, A. (2009). Reactive and proactive aggression: Cross-informant agreement and incremental validity. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31 (1), 51-59. doi:10.1007/s10862-008-9087-z
  • Spirito, T., Esposito-Smythers, C., Wolff, J., & Uhl, K. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for adolescent depression and suicidality. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20 (2), 191-204.
  • Wolff, J.C., & Ollendick, T.H. (In Press.) Treatment of conduct problems and depression in youth: A pilot study. Child and Family Behavior Therapy.
  • Esposito-Smythers, C., Wolff, J., Bodzy, M., Swenson, R, & Spirito, A. (In Press). Military Youth and the Deployment Cycle: Emotional Health Consequences and Recommendations for Intervention. Journal of Family Psychology.