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Jennifer L. Wolff, PhD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 692
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2003
MHS, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
BA, Bucknell University, 1991


Jennifer Wolff is a gerontologist and health services researcher who studies family caregiving and optimal models of care delivery for adults with complex health needs. She is interested in understanding how the composition and experience of family caregivers is changing over time, how family caregivers navigate the medical system to facilitate health care for the individuals to whom they provide assistance, and the role of the medical community in supporting family caregivers. Dr. Wolff is a core member of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (CHSOR), the Center on Aging and Health (COAH), and the Center on Innovative Care in Aging. She holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

Honors and Awards

2012-2013 Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow

2002 Marilyn Bergner Award in Health Services Research

Delta Omega Honor Society

  • health services research
  • gerontology
  • long-term care
  • family caregiving
  • assistive technology
  • chronic disease and disability

Selected publications from the last 5 years.

  • Wolff JL, Roter DL, Barron J, Boyd CM, Leff B, Finucane TE, Gallo JJ, Rabins PV, Roth DL, Gitlin LN.  A Tool to Strengthen the Older Patient-Companion Partnership in Primary Care: Results from a Pilot Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 2014: 62(2): 312-319.
  • Wolff JL. Family Matters in Health Care Delivery.  JAMA; 2012: 308(15) 1529-1530.
  • Wolff JL and Roter DL. Family presence in routine physician visits and the patient-physician partnership: A meta-analytic study; Social Science and Medicine; 2011: 72(6): 823-31.
  • Giovannetti ER and Wolff JL, Cross-Survey Differences in National Estimates of Numbers of Caregivers to Disabled Older Adults; Milbank Quarterly; 2010: 88(3); 310-349.
  • Wolff JL, Rand-Giovanetti E, Boyd CM, Reider L, Palmer S, Scharfstein D, Marsteller J, Wegener S, Frey K, Leff B, Frick KD,  Groves C, Boult C. Effects of Guided Care on Family Caregivers; The Gerontologist; 2010: 50: 459-470.