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Biography of Amy R. Wolfson

Amy R. Wolfson, Ph.D., became vice president for academic affairs in July 2014, bringing to Loyola University Maryland her deep value of Jesuit education, her commitment to celebrating faculty accomplishments, and decades of experience in teaching, research, and higher education administration. Wolfson has a strong reputation as an administrator, leader, teacher/mentor, and researcher-collaborator.

Wolfson has been published in numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals and is the author of two books, The Woman’s Book of Sleep: A Complete Resource Guide and The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Sleep and Behavior. Wolfson was awarded a six-year $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2005 for her Young Adolescent Sleep-Smart Pacesetter Program—the largest individual grant awarded to a College of the Holy Cross faculty member.

Wolfson came to Loyola from the College of the Holy Cross, where she had been a member of the faculty since 1992. A full professor there since 2006, Wolfson chaired the psychology department from 2008-2010 and became associate dean in 2010. During her tenure at Holy Cross, Wolfson served on many major college committees and councils, including the president’s cabinet, the student life council, and the Diversity Leadership Team, which she chaired.

A professor of psychology at Loyola, Wolfson recently completed the Sleep-Smart study, a longitudinal study of urban, middle school students' sleep patterns and hygiene, behavioral well-being, and academic performance, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Some of her current research is focused on the implications of caffeine and technology use on adolescents and emerging adults’ sleep and well-being. She has taught courses on gender and leadership, mental health, health psychology, women's studies, and sleep and circadian rhythms.

Wolfson earned a B.A. in Psychology cum laude from Harvard University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis.