Erika J. Wolf, PhD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, Boston University
MA, Boston University
ALB, Harvard University

Dr. Wolf's research 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. She is currently studying the genetics of latent psychopathology using both twin and molecular genetic methodologies. In particular, her 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.

VA Boston Healthcare System

Longitudinal Neurometabolic Outcomes of Traumatic Stress-Related Accelerated Cellular Aging
09/15/2020 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Neurobiological Correlates of Accelerated Cellular Aging
02/15/2019 - 01/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Traumatic Stress and Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation
04/15/2016 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

PTSD-Related Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

Neurobiological Correlates of Accelerated Cellular Aging

Traumatic Stress and Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 PTSD-Related Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome 5I01CX001276-05 11
2020 Longitudinal Neurometabolic Outcomes of Traumatic Stress-Related Accelerated Cellular Aging 1RF1AG068121-01
2020 Neurobiological Correlates of Accelerated Cellular Aging 5R21AG061367-02
2019 Neurobiological Correlates of Accelerated Cellular Aging 1R21AG061367-01
2019 PTSD-Related Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome 5I01CX001276-04 11
2018 PTSD-Related Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome 5I01CX001276-03 11
2017 PTSD-Related Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome 5I01CX001276-02 11
2017 Traumatic Stress and Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation 5R03AG051877-02 14
2017 Traumatic Stress and Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation 3R03AG051877-02S1 14
2016 PTSD-Related Accelerated Aging in DNA Methylation and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome 1I01CX001276-01A2 11
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  1. Maihofer AX, Ratanatharathorn A, Hemmings SMJ, Costenbader KH, Michopoulos V, Polimanti R, Rothbaum AO, Seedat S, Mikita EA, Smith AK, Salem RM, Shaffer RA, Wu T, Sebat J, Ressler KJ, Stein MB, Koenen KC, Wolf EJ, Sumner JA, Nievergelt CM. Effects of genetically predicted posttraumatic stress disorder on autoimmune phenotypes. Transl Psychiatry. 2024 Apr 01; 14(1):172. PMID: 38561342; PMCID: PMC10984931; DOI: 10.1038/s41398-024-02869-0;
  2. Miller MW, Wolf EJ, Zhao X, Logue MW, Hawn SE. An EWAS of dementia biomarkers and their associations with age, African ancestry, and PTSD. Clin Epigenetics. 2024 Mar 02; 16(1):38.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38431614; PMCID: PMC10908031; DOI: 10.1186/s13148-024-01649-3;
  3. Wani A, Katrinli S, Zhao X, Daskalakis N, Zannas A, Aiello A, Baker D, Boks M, Brick L, Chen CY, Dalvie S, Fortier C, Geuze E, Hayes J, Kessler R, King A, Koen N, Liberzon I, Lori A, Luykx J, Maihofer A, Milberg W, Miller M, Mufford M, Nugent N, Rauch S, Ressler K, Risbrough V, Rutten B, Stein D, Stein M, Ursano R, Verfaellie M, Ware E, Wildman D, Wolf E, Nievergelt C, Logue M, Smith A, Uddin M, Vermetten E, Vinkers C. Blood-based DNA methylation and exposure risk scores predict PTSD with high accuracy in military and civilian cohorts. Res Sq. 2024 Feb 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38410438; PMCID: PMC10896387; DOI: 10.21203/;
  4. Crowe ML, Hawn SE, Wolf EJ, Keane TM, Marx BP. Trauma exposure and transdiagnostic distress: Examining shared and posttraumatic stress disorder-specific associations. J Trauma Stress. 2024 Jan 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38229407
  5. Wolf EJ, Miller MW, Hawn SE, Zhao X, Wallander SE, McCormick B, Govan C, Rasmusson A, Stone A, Schichman SA, Logue MW. Longitudinal study of traumatic-stress related cellular and cognitive aging. Brain Behav Immun. 2024 Jan; 115:494-504.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37967663; PMCID: PMC10843744; DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2023.11.009;
  6. Hawn SE, Zhao X, Miller MW, Wallander S, Govan C, Stone A, Schichman SA, Logue MW, Wolf EJ. PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorders Predict the Pace of Cellular Aging. J Mood Anxiety Disord. 2023 Oct; 3.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37900051; PMCID: PMC10602583; DOI: 10.1016/j.xjmad.2023.100026;
  7. Nievergelt CM, Maihofer AX, Atkinson EG, Chen CY, Choi KW, Coleman JR, Daskalakis NP, Duncan LE, Polimanti R, Aaronson C, Amstadter AB, Andersen SB, Andreassen OA, Arbisi PA, Ashley-Koch AE, Austin SB, Avdibegoviç E, Babic D, Bacanu SA, Baker DG, Batzler A, Beckham JC, Belangero S, Benjet C, Bergner C, Bierer LM, Biernacka JM, Bierut LJ, Bisson JI, Boks MP, Bolger EA, Brandolino A, Breen G, Bressan RA, Bryant RA, Bustamante AC, Bybjerg-Grauholm J, Bækvad-Hansen M, Børglum AD, Børte S, Cahn L, Calabrese JR, Caldas-de-Almeida JM, Chatzinakos C, Cheema S, Clouston SAP, Colodro-Conde L, Coombes BJ, Cruz-Fuentes CS, Dale AM, Dalvie S, Davis LK, Deckert J, Delahanty DL, Dennis MF, deRoon-Cassini T, Desarnaud F, DiPietro CP, Disner SG, Docherty AR, Domschke K, Dyb G, Kulenovic AD, Edenberg HJ, Evans A, Fabbri C, Fani N, Farrer LA, Feder A, Feeny NC, Flory JD, Forbes D, Franz CE, Galea S, Garrett ME, Gelaye B, Gelernter J, Geuze E, Gillespie CF, Goci A, Goleva SB, Gordon SD, Grasser LR, Guindalini C, Haas M, Hagenaars S, Hauser MA, Heath AC, Hemmings SM, Hesselbrock V, Hickie IB, Hogan K, Hougaard DM, Huang H, Huckins LM, Hveem K, Jakovljevic M, Javanbakht A, Jenkins GD, Johnson J, Jones I, Jovanovic T, Karstoft KI, Kaufman ML, Kennedy JL, Kessler RC, Khan A, Kimbrel NA, King AP, Koen N, Kotov R, Kranzler HR, Krebs K, Kremen WS, Kuan PF, Lawford BR, Lebois LAM, Lehto K, Levey DF, Lewis C, Liberzon I, Linnstaedt SD, Logue MW, Lori A, Lu Y, Luft BJ, Lupton MK, Luykx JJ, Makotkine I, Maples-Keller JL, Marchese S, Marmar C, Martin NG, MartÍnez-Levy GA, McAloney K, McFarlane A, McLaughlin KA, McLean SA, Medland SE, Mehta D, Meyers J, Michopoulos V, Mikita EA, Milani L, Milberg W, Miller MW, Morey RA, Morris CP, Mors O, Mortensen PB, Mufford MS, Nelson EC, Nordentoft M, Norman SB, Nugent NR, O'Donnell M, Orcutt HK, Pan PM, Panizzon MS, Pathak GA, Peters ES, Peterson AL, Peverill M, Pietrzak RH, Polusny MA, Porjesz B, Powers A, Qin XJ, Ratanatharathorn A, Risbrough VB, Roberts AL, Rothbaum BO, Rothbaum AO, Roy-Byrne P, Ruggiero KJ, Rung A, Runz H, Rutten BPF, de Viteri SS, Salum GA, Sampson L, Sanchez SE, Santoro M, Seah C, Seedat S, Seng JS, Shabalin A, Sheerin CM, Silove D, Smith AK, Smoller JW, Sponheim SR, Stein DJ, Stensland S, Stevens JS, Sumner JA, Teicher MH, Thompson WK, Tiwari AK, Trapido E, Uddin M, Ursano RJ, Valdimarsdóttir U, van den Heuvel LL, Van Hooff M, van Rooij SJ, Vermetten E, Vinkers CH, Voisey J, Wang Z, Wang Y, Waszczuk M, Weber H, Wendt FR, Werge T, Williams MA, Williamson DE, Winsvold BS, Winternitz S, Wolf EJ, Wolf C, Xia Y, Xiong Y, Yehuda R, Young RM, Young KA, Zai CC, Zai GC, Zervas M, Zhao H, Zoellner LA, Zwart JA, Stein MB, Ressler KJ, Koenen KC. Discovery of 95 PTSD loci provides insight into genetic architecture and neurobiology of trauma and stress-related disorders. medRxiv. 2023 Sep 02.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37693460; PMCID: PMC10491375; DOI: 10.1101/2023.08.31.23294915;
  8. Chatzinakos C, Pernia CD, Morrison FG, Iatrou A, McCullough KM, Schuler H, Snijders C, Bajaj T, DiPietro CP, Soliva Estruch M, Gassen NC, Anastasopoulos C, Bharadwaj RA, Bowlby BC, Hartmann J, Maihofer AX, Nievergelt CM, Ressler NM, Wolf EJ, Carlezon WA, Krystal JH, Kleinman JE, Girgenti MJ, Huber BR, Kellis M, Logue MW, Miller MW, Ressler KJ, Daskalakis NP. Single-Nucleus Transcriptome Profiling of Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex: Mechanistic Roles for Neuronal Gene Expression, Including the 17q21.31 Locus, in PTSD Stress Response. Am J Psychiatry. 2023 Oct 01; 180(10):739-754.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37491937
  9. Wolf EJ, Higgins DM, Zhao X, Hawn SE, Sanborn V, Todd CA, Fein-Schaffer D, Houranieh A, Miller MW. MMPI-2-RF Profiles of Treatment-Seeking Veterans in a VA Pain Clinic and Associations with Markers of Physical Performance. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2024 Mar; 31(1):58-76.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37418093; PMCID: PMC10771538; DOI: 10.1007/s10880-023-09967-z;
  10. Wolf EJ, Hawn SE, Sullivan DR, Miller MW, Sanborn V, Brown E, Neale Z, Fein-Schaffer D, Zhao X, Logue MW, Fortier CB, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP. Neurobiological and genetic correlates of the dissociative subtype of posttraumatic stress disorder. J Psychopathol Clin Sci. 2023 May; 132(4):409-427.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37023279; PMCID: PMC10286858; DOI: 10.1037/abn0000795;
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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
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