Faculty Profile: Jennifer Wolff, PhD

Jennifer Wolff, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-3790
Dr. Wolff is interested in the etiology and treatment of emotionally and behaviorally dysregulated youth and their parents.


Dr. Wolff is an Assistant Professor (Research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and the Director of the Adolescent Mood Clinic. Dr. Wolff received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2008 from Virginia Tech. She completed her residency and postdoctoral training through the Brown University Psychology Training Consortium. Dr. Wolff's research focuses on developing evidence-based mental health interventions for children and adolescents with deficits in emotion regulation. She is currently developing a family-based program for children and adolescents with mood and behavior problems.



Funded Research

1 R34 MH086606 (PI: Wolff, PhD; Spirito, PhD.)
Title: Treatment of Youth Comorbid Conduct Problems 8/1/2010-5/31/2013
and Depression (NIMH)

The purpose of this grant is to develop and preliminarily test a CBT protocol that can be used with children and adolescents with comorbid conduct problems and depression. The protocol includes strategies to address both disorders simultaneously.
Role: Co-PI

A. Spirito (PI) 4/20/12 – 03/31/17
Adolescents with Major Depression and AUD: Community-based Integrated Treatment
The purpose of this application is to conduct an RCT comparing integrated CBT- I for adolescents with MDD and AUD to standard care. Both the integrated CBT-I and SC condition will be delivered by licensed mental health counselors at a community mental health clinic that uses an Intensive Outpatient Program model.
Role: Co-I

1R01 MH 099703-01
A.Spirito /C. Esposito-Smythers, Co PIs 9/1/12 –08/31/16
Intensive Outpatient Risk Protocol with High Risk Suicidal Teens
The purpose of this application is to conduct a two group randomized controlled trial to test the primary aim that an intensive protocol designed to treat depressed, suicidal adolescents with an additional complicating risk factor will produce better treatment outcomes compared to standard care at the end of the active treatment (6 months), end of maintenance treatment (12 months) and at the final follow-up point (18 months).
Role: Co-I

1 R34 MH083092 (PI: Spirito, PhD.)
Title: Integrated Treatment for Comorbid Depression 12/1/2009-11/30/2012
and Obesity in Adolescents (NIMH)

The purpose of this grant is to develop and preliminarily test a CBT protocol that can be used with overweight, depressed adolescents. The protocol includes strategies to address depression and diet in combination with a supervised exercise program.
Role: Co-I

1 R34 MH082211 (PI: Spirito, PhD.)
Title: Concurrent Treatment for Parents and Adolescents 4/1/2009 – 3/31/2012
Who Attempt Suicide (NIMH)

The purpose of this application is to develop a treatment protocol that simultaneously treats the adolescent who attempts suicide and his/her parent if the parent reports a significant level of psychopathology.
Role: Co-I

1 R34 MH082164 (PI: Spirito, PhD.)
Title: Mental health Intervention for Teens Coping 8/01/2009-6/30/2012
with Parental Military Deployment (NIMH)

The purpose of this grant is to develop a manualized intervention protocol for adolescents experiencing mental health problems associated with a parent's deployment.
Role: Interim PI/Project Director

2 K24 MH01783-06 (Spirito, PhD.)
Title: Midcareer Mentoring Award: Community Treatment 9/1/2006-8/31/2011
of Teen Suicidal Crises (NIMH)

This competitive continuation of a Midcareer Mentoring Award allows the PI to receive additional training in practice research. A study of how adolescent suicide attempters with comorbid substance use disorders are treated in the community will be followed by testing an intervention for this population in the community.
Role: Project Director

Selected Publications

  • Wolff, J., Esposito-Smythers, C., Becker, S., Seaboyer, L., Rizzo, C. Lichtenstein, D.,& Spirito, A. (In press). Social-cognitive moderators of the relation between peer victimization and suicidal ideation among psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. (IN PRESS)
  • Wolff, J., Frazier, E., Esposito-Smythers, C., Burke, T., Sloan, E. & Spirito, A. (2013). Cognitive and social factors associated with NSSI and suicide attempts in psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 1-9. PMID: 23588400 (2013)
  • Wolff, J.C. & Ollendick, T.H. (2012). Treatment of Comorbid Conduct Problems and Depression in Youth: A Pilot Study. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 34(2), 141-155. (2012)
  • 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 (2008)
  • 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 (2006)