Erika J. Wolf, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry Section

MA, Boston University
PhD, Boston University



My reseach focuses on the use of multivariate data analytic techniques, such as confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modeling, latent class analysis, and item response theory, to evaluate trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and related comorbidity. I am currently studying the genetics of latent psychopathology using both twin and molecular genetic methodologies. In particular, my recent work has focused on the idea that PTSD is associated with accelerated cellular aging, as reflected in DNA methylation and as manifested in physical health and neurocognitive decline.

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2016 United States Government: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
2014 Division 56 (Trauma Psychology), American Psychological Association: Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career Psychologist
2014 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award
2010 Division 56 (Trauma Psychology), American Psychological Association : Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma Psychology
2009 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies : Outstanding Student Achievement Award
2008 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies : DSM-V Essay Award
2008 Boston University: Women’s Guild Award
2007 Boston University: Clara Mayo Award
2005 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies : Student Research Award
2001 Harvard University Extension School: Reginald Phelps Commencement Award


Traumatic Stress and Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation
04/15/2016 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R03AG051877-02



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  1. Wolf EJ, Miller DR, Logue MW, Sumner J, Stoop TB, Leritz EC, Hayes JP, Stone A, Schichman SA, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Miller MW. Contributions of polygenic risk for obesity to PTSD-related metabolic syndrome and cortical thickness. Brain Behav Immun. 2017 Jun 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28579519.
  2. Miller DR, Logue MW, Wolf EJ, Maniates H, Robinson ME, Hayes JP, Stone A, Schichman S, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Miller MW. Posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity is associated with reduced default mode network connectivity in individuals with elevated genetic risk for psychopathology. Depress Anxiety. 2017 Jul; 34(7):632-640.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28494120.
  3. Lusk JD, Sadeh N, Wolf EJ, Miller MW. Reckless Self-Destructive Behavior and PTSD in Veterans: The Mediating Role of New Adverse Events. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Jun; 30(3):270-278.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28471014.
  4. Sumner JA, Duncan LE, Wolf EJ, Amstadter AB, Baker DG, Beckham JC, Gelaye B, Hemmings S, Kimbrel NA, Logue MW, Michopoulos V, Mitchell KS, Nievergelt C, Rothbaum A, Seedat S, Shinozaki G, Vermetten E. Letter to the Editor: Posttraumatic stress disorder has genetic overlap with cardiometabolic traits. Psychol Med. 2017 Aug; 47(11):2036-2039.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28374664; DOI: 10.1017/S0033291717000733;.
  5. Hayes JP, Logue MW, Reagan A, Salat D, Wolf EJ, Sadeh N, Spielberg JM, Sperbeck E, Hayes SM, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Verfaellie M, Stone A, Schichman SA, Miller MW. COMT Val158Met polymorphism moderates the association between PTSD symptom severity and hippocampal volume. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2017 Mar; 42(2):95-102.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28234210.
  6. Hayes JP, Logue MW, Sadeh N, Spielberg JM, Verfaellie M, Hayes SM, Reagan A, Salat DH, Wolf EJ, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Stone A, Schichman SA, Miller MW. Mild traumatic brain injury is associated with reduced cortical thickness in those at risk for Alzheimer''s disease. Brain. 2017 Mar 01; 140(3):813-825.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28077398; DOI: 10.1093/brain/aww344;.
  7. Mitchell KS, Wolf EJ, Bovin MJ, Lee LO, Green JD, Rosen RC, Keane TM, Marx BP. Network models of DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder: Implications for ICD-11. J Abnorm Psychol. 2017 Apr; 126(3):355-366.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28191985; DOI: 10.1037/abn0000252;.
  8. Bovin MJ, Wolf EJ, Resick PA. Longitudinal Associations between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Severity and Personality Disorder Features among Female Rape Survivors. Front Psychiatry. 2017; 8:6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28210229; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00006;.
  9. Miller RH, Krupenevich RL, Pruziner AL, Wolf EJ, Schnall BL. Medial knee joint contact force in the intact limb during walking in recently ambulatory service members with unilateral limb loss: a cross-sectional study. PeerJ. 2017; 5:e2960. PMID: 28168120; DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2960;.
  10. Wolf EJ, Schnurr PP. Developing Comprehensive Models of the Effects of Stress and Trauma on Biology, Brain, Behavior, and Body. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Jul 01; 80(1):6-8. PMID: 27312232; PMCID: PMC4913778; DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.04.016;.
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