Brenda Wiens, Ph.D.


Clinical Associate Professor

Office: 352-733-0468

CV – Brenda Wiens, Ph.D.


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.

Clinical Focus

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.

Research Focus

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 (

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Division 53, Clinical Child Psychology
  • Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Representative Publications

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 Nursing37, 19-25.

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 & Medicine147, 300-308.

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 Journal51, 404-413.

Toledano, S., Werch, B. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2015). Examining relations among self-concept domains and peer aggression. Journal of School Violence14, 405-423.

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 Violence10, 374-392.

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 Nursing32, 486-492.

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 Journal47, 489-497.

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 Violence9, 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 Abuse8, 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 PsychologyE12(1). Available from

Wiens, B. A., & Dempsey, A. (2009). Bystander involvement in peer victimization: The value of looking beyond aggressors and victims. Journal of School Violence8, 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 Studies17, 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 Studies17, 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 PsychologyE10(1). Available from

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.

Courses Taught

  • Lifespan Psychopathology (child)
  • Core practicum (child assessment)
  • Child therapy practicum
  • Advanced practicum in rural school-linked mental health services