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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Brian Wolff

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • Child Clinical Psychology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychophysiology

Professional Biography

Dr. Brian Wolff is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in the evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Dyslexia and other learning disabilities, intellectual functioning, developmental challenges, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. In addition to being a Lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver, Dr. Wolff is the owner and Clinical Director of Wolff Child Psychology, a family and child psychology practice in Denver. His clinical work is grounded in evidence-based research and employs a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach to assessment and therapy. Dr. Wolff obtained post-doctoral training as a research fellow at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado Denver, and as a Lecturer at the University of Denver.


  • Ph.D., Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
  • M.A., Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
  • B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Yale University

Selected Publications

  • Wolff, B. C., Wadsworth, M. E., Wilhelm, F. H., & Mauss, I. B. (2012). Children's vagal regulatory capacity predicts attenuated sympathetic stress reactivity in a socially supportive context: Evidence for a protective effect of the vagal system. Development and Psychopathology, 24(2), 677-689.
  • Wolff, B. C., Wadsworth, M. E., & Santiago, C. D. (2012). Family poverty, stress, and coping. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York: Springer.
  • Hepburn, S. L., & Wolff, B. C. (2012). Self-regulation in autism. In G. Morgan and K. Barrett (Eds.), Handbook of Self-regulatory Processes in Development: New Directions and International Perspectives. New York: Taylor and Francis.
  • Alkon, A., Wolff, B., & Boyce, W. T. (2012). Poverty, stress, and autonomic reactivity. In V. Maholmes, & R. B. King (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wolff, B. C., Santiago, C. D., & Wadsworth, M. E. (2009). Poverty and involuntary engagement stress responses: Examining the link to anxiety and aggression within low-income families. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 22(3), 309-325.
  • Santiago, C. D., Wolff, B. C., & Wadsworth, M. E. (2009). The stress of growing up poor: Pathways to compromised development for low-income children and adolescents. In P. Heidenreich & I. Prüter (Eds.), Handbook of Stress: Causes, Effects and Control. New York: Nova.
  • Wadsworth, M. E., Wolff, B. C., Santiago, C. D., & Moran, E. G. (2008). Adolescent coping with poverty-related stress. The Prevention Researcher, 15(4), 13-16.
  • Wadsworth, M. E., Raviv, T., Reinhard, C., Wolff, B. C., Santiago, C. D., & Schachter, L. (2008). Indirect effects model of the association between poverty and child functioning: The role of children's poverty-related stress. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 13 (2/3), 156-185.
  • Wadsworth, M. E., Santiago, C. D., Wolff, B. C., & Reinhard, C. (2008). The role of stress-and-coping processes in the pernicious effects of poverty. In M. M. Watkins (Ed.), World Poverty Issues (pp. 1-32). New York: Nova.
  • Pearson, S. R., Alkon, A., Treadwell, M., Wolff, B. C., Quirolo, K., & Boyce, W. T. (2005). Autonomic reactivity and clinical severity in children with sickle cell disease. Clinical Autonomic Research, 15, 400-407.