Jennifer C. WolffAssistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Dr. Wolff is an Assistant Professor (Research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley 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.
Wolff JC, Davis S, Liu RT, Cha CB, Cheek SM, Nestor BA, Frazier EA, Schaffer MM, Spirito A. Trajectories of Suicidal Ideation among Adolescents Following Psychiatric Hospitalization. Journal of abnormal child psychology. 2017; PMID: 28349306
Wolff J, Frazier EA, Esposito-Smythers C, Burke T, Sloan E, Spirito A. Cognitive and social factors associated with NSSI and suicide attempts in psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2013 Aug;41(6):1005-13. PMID: 23588400; PMCID: PMC3708992.
Wolff J, Esposito-Smythers C, Becker S, Seaboyer L, Rizzo C, Lichtenstein D, Spirito A. Social-Cognitive Moderators of the Relationship between Peer Victimization and Suicidal Ideation among Psychiatrically Hospitalized Adolescents. J Aggress Maltreat Trauma. 2014 Mar 1;23(3):268-285. PubMed PMID: 25125940; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4130392.
Wolff JC, Frazier EA, Esposito-Smythers C, Becker SJ, Burke TA, Cataldo A, Spirito A. Negative cognitive style and perceived social support mediate the relationship between aggression and NSSI in hospitalized adolescents. J Adolesc. 2014 Jun;37(4):483-91. PubMed PMID: 24793396; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4404148.
Dr. Wolff is interested in the etiology and treatment of emotionally and behaviorally dysregulated youth and their parents.
1 R34 MH086606 (PI: Wolff, PhD; Spirito, PhD.)
Title: Treatment of Youth Comorbid Conduct Problems
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.
A. Spirito (PI)
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.
1R01 MH 099703-01
A.Spirito /C. Esposito-Smythers, Co PIs
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).
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.
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.
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