Brenda Wiens, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Wiens is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Wiens completed an internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology at the University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, in 2000. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2003.
Dr. Wiens’ specialty area is clinical child psychology, and she has experience working with a wide range of child populations and clinical concerns. Her areas of clinical interest include assessments for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, and behavioral/emotional concerns; providing treatment services to children in rural areas; and consulting with teachers and schools. Dr. Wiens sees referrals from the UF Health ADHD and Child Development Clinic and consults with participating multi-disciplinary team members. She also supervises a clinic one day a week in Columbia County to provide services to children and families through the school district. In addition to these activities, Dr. Wiens supervises child assessments and child and family therapy cases in the Psychology Clinic.
Dr. Wiens has conducted research in the areas of school mental health services and school-based programs focusing on prevention of violence, substance use, and negative youth outcomes. She has been the principal evaluator for several Department of Education grants awarded to the Columbia County School District, focusing on expanding counseling and prevention services for elementary school students, implementing mentoring programs for middle school youth, and implementing prevention programs to decrease youth alcohol use. Dr. Wiens has also collaborated with Jeanne Marie Stacciarini, Ph.D., in the College of Nursing on her projects related to social isolation and mental wellness for immigrant Latinos in rural areas. Further, Dr. Wiens is currently a team-member for the University of Florida study site of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study (https://abcdstudy.org/index.html).
- American Psychological Association
- Division 53, Clinical Child Psychology
- Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology
- Phi Beta Kappa
Stacciarini, J. M. R., Vacca, R., Wiens, B., Loe, E., LaFlam, M., Pérez, A., & Locke, B. (2016). FBO leaders’ perceptions of the psycho-social contexts for rural Latinos. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37, 19-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2015.1076914
Mao, L., Stacciarini, J. M. R., Smith, R., & Wiens, B. (2015). An individual-based rurality measure and its health application: A case study of Latino immigrants in North Florida, USA. Social Science & Medicine, 147, 300-308. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.10.064
Stacciarini, J. M. R., Smith, R., Garvan, C. W., Wiens, B., & Cottler, L. B. (2015). Rural Latinos’ mental wellbeing: A mixed-methods pilot study of family, environment and social isolation factors. Community Mental Health Journal, 51, 404-413. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10597-014-9774-z
Toledano, S., Werch, B. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2015). Examining relations among self-concept domains and peer aggression. Journal of School Violence, 14, 405-423. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15388220.2014.935386
Radunovich, H. L., & Wiens, B. (2012). Providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and families in rural areas. In K. B. Smalley, J. C. Warren & J. P. Rainer (Eds.), Rural Mental Health (pp. 281-295). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Dempsey, A. G., Haden, S. C., Goldman, J., Sivinski, J., & Wiens, B. A. (2011). Relational and overt victimization in middle and high schools: Associations with suicidality. Journal of School Violence, 10, 374-392. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15388220.2011.602612
Stacciarini, J. R., Wiens, B.A., Coady, M., Schwait, A. B., Perez, A., Locke, B., … Bernardi, K. (2011). CBPR: Building partnerships with Latinos in rural areas for a wellness approach to mental health. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32, 486-492. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2011.576326
Stacciarini, J. R., Shattell, M. M., Madden, M. C., & Wiens, B. A. (2011). Review: Community-based participatory research approach to address mental health in minority populations. Community Mental Health Journal, 47, 489-497. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10597-010-9319-z
Wiens, B. A., Haden, S. C., Dean, K., & Sivinski, J. (2010). The impact of peer victimization and aggression on substance use in rural adolescents. Journal of School Violence, 9, 271-288.
Stern, M. K., & Wiens, B. A. (2009). Ethnic differences in adolescent perceptions of harm and attitudes towards substance use. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 8, 54-69.
Wack, E., Radunovich, H. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2009). Project CATCh: Evaluation of a model of care coordination and service delivery for children. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E12(1). Available from http://www.marshall.edu/JRCP/VE12%20N1/Radunovich%20JRCP.pdf
Wiens, B. A., & Dempsey, A. (2009). Bystander involvement in peer victimization: The value of looking beyond aggressors and victims. Journal of School Violence, 8, 206-215.
Evans, G. D., Radunovich, H. L., Cornette, M. M., Wiens, B. A., & Roy, A. (2008). Implementation and utilization characteristics of a rural, school-linked mental health program. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 17, 84-97.
Keeley, M. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2008). Family influences on treatment refusal in school-linked mental health services. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 17, 109-126.
Wiens, B. A., Evans, G. D., Radunovich, H. L., Torres, N. I., Rozensky, R. H., Perri, M. G., & Janicke, D. (2007). A collaboration between Extension and Psychology to improve health for rural Americans: The National Rural Behavioral Health Center. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E10(1). Available from http://www.marshall.edu/jrcp/V10%20N1/Wiens/Wiens.pdf
Evans, G. D., Reader, S., Liss, H. J., Wiens, B. A., & Roy, A. (2006). Implementation of an aggressive random drug testing policy in a rural high school: Student attitudes regarding program fairness and effectiveness. Journal of School Health, 76(9), 452-458.
- Lifespan Psychopathology (child)
- Core practicum (child assessment)
- Child therapy practicum
- Advanced practicum in rural school-linked mental health services