About Brenda A Wiens
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 neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and language and learning disorders, as well as associated behavioral/emotional concerns. Dr. Wiens is involved in both the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (UF Health CAN) and the UF Multidisciplinary Diagnostic and Training Program (UF MDTP). She also supervises therapy cases through UF Health Psychology Specialties clinic. Dr. Wiens is a Co-Investigator on the UF project teams for two longitudinal grants: Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD; PI’s Cottler and Nixon) and HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD; PI’s Gurka, Scott, and Gurka).
- Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Developmental reading disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder in children
- Intellectual disability
- Language disorders in children
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
Dr. Wiens is currently a Co-Investigator as part of the UF site for the NIH funded Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) project (https://abcdstudy.org/), which is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wiens is a Co-Investigator as part of the UF site for the NIH funded Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) project, a longitudinal study of brain development in infancy and early childhood. Dr. Wiens has previously been the principal evaluator for evaluation and services contracts on 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 and other substance use. Dr. Wiens also previously 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.
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