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Barbara E. Wolfe, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Barbara Wolfe
  • Dean and Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Phone: 401.874.5324
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Dr. Barbara Wolfe joined the College of Nursing in June 2016. She was previously the Associate Dean for Research at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College and held a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Dr. Wolfe is known for her work with women with eating disorders. Her research, which has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), focuses on the relationship between biological correlates of clinical symptoms and the implications for intervention and relapse prevention. She has widely disseminated this work through publications and national and international presentations.

Dean Wolfe is a member of the American Academy of Nursing, the Eating Disorder Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing. She served as President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association from 2003-2004 and served on numerous national committees including the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) Eating Disorders Workgroup and as a former chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences Study Section. She is currently a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Dr. Wolfe has received many awards throughout her career. This includes the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellowship and being named Psychiatric Nurse of the Year by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Her accomplishments encompass more than 30 years of experience in clinical, research, and academic nursing.


Eating disorders and dieting behavior in women.


PhD      Boston College, 1995

MSN    Yale University, 1987

BSN      Syracuse University, 1985


Selected Publications:

Phillips, K. E., Jimerson, D. C., Pillai, A., & Wolfe, B. E. (in press). Plasma BDNF levels following weight recovery in anorexia nervosa. Physiology & Behavior.

Wolfe, B. E., Dunne, J. P., & Kells, M. R. (2016). Nursing care considerations for the hospitalized patient with an eating disorder. Nursing Clinical of North America.

Cousins, A., Freizinger, M., Duffy, M. E., Gregas, M., & Wolfe, B. E. (2015).  Self-report of eating disorder symptoms among women with and without infertility. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44, 380-08. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12573

Hannon-Engel, S., Filin, E. E., & Wolfe, B. E. (2013). CCK response in bulimia nervosa and following remission. Physiology & Behavior, 122, 56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.08.014

Wolfe, B. E., Kelly-Weeder, S., Malcom, A. W., & McKenery, M. (2013). Accuracy of self-reported body weight and height in remitted anorexia nervosa. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 19, 66-70. doi: 10.1177/1078390313481062

Wolfe, B. E., Hannon-Engel, S. L., & Mitchell, J. E. (2012). Bulimia nervosa in DSM-5. Psychiatric Annals, 42, 406-409. doi: 10.3928/00485713-20121105-05

Kelly-Weeder, S., Jennings, K., & Wolfe, B. E. (2012). Gender differences in binge eating and behavioral correlates among college students. Eating & Weight Disorders, 17, e200-e202. doi: 10.1007/BF03325348

Wolfe, B. E., Jimerson, D. C., Smith, A. T., & Keel, P. K. (2011). Serum amylase in bulimia nervosa and purging disorder: Differentiating the association with binge eating versus purging behavior. Physiology & Behavior, 104, 684-686. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.06.025

Smith, A. T., Kelly-Weeder, S., Engel, J., McGowan, K. A., Anderson, B., & Wolfe, B. E. (2011). Quality of eating disorders Websites: What adolescents and their families need to know. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24(1), 33-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2010.00265.x

Jimerson, D. C., Wolfe, B. E., Carroll, D. P., & Keel, P. K. (2010). Psychobiology of purging disorder: Reduction in circulating leptin levels in comparison to controls. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43(7), 584-588. doi: 10.1002/eat.20738

Wolfe, B. E., Baker, C. W., Smith, A. T., & Kelly-Weeder, S. (2009). Validity and utility of current definition of binge eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42, 674-686. doi: 10.1002/eat.20728

Wolfe, B. E, Talley S. L., & Smith, A. (2008). Psychopharmacologic first-line strategies in the treatment of major depression and psychosis: A survey of APNS. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 14, 144-151. doi: 10.1177/1078390308316124

Daley, K. A., Jimerson, D. C., Heatherton, T. F., Metzger, E. D., & Wolfe, B. E. (2008), State self-esteem ratings in women with bulimia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in remission. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 149, 159-163. doi: 10.1002/eat.20447

Keel, P. K., Wolfe, B. E., Gravener, J. A., & Jimerson, D. C. (2008). Co-morbidity and disorder-related distress and impairment in purging disorder. Psychological Medicine, 38(10), 1435-1442. doi: 10.1017/S0033291707001390

Keel, P. K., Wolfe, B. E., Liddle, R. A., De Young, K. P., & Jimerson, D. C. (2007). Clinical features and physiological response to a test meal in purging disorder and bulimia nervosa. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 1058-1066. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.64.9.1058

Morgan, J. C., Wolfe, B. E., Metzger, E. D., & Jimerson, D. C. (2007). Obsessive-compulsive characteristics in women who have recovered from bulimia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 7, 381-385. doi: 10.1002/eat.20363

Wolfe, B. E., Jimerson, D. C., Orlova, C., & Mantzoros, C. S. (2004). Effect of dieting on plasma leptin, soluble leptin receptor, adiponectin and resistin levels in healthy volunteers.  Clinical Endocrinology, 61, 332-338. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2004.02101.x

Wolfe, B. E., Metzger, E. D., Levine, J. M., & Jimerson, D. C. (2001).  Laboratory screening for electrolyte abnormalities and anemia in bulimia nervosa: A controlled study.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 30, 288-293. doi: 10.1002/eat.1086

Jimerson, D. C., Mantzoros, C., Wolfe, B. E., & Metzger, E. D. (2000).  Decreased serum leptin in bulimia nervosa.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 85, 4511-4514. doi: 10.1210/jcem.85.12.7051

Wolfe, B. E., Metzger, E. D., Levine, J. M., Finkelstein, D. M., Cooper, T. B., & Jimerson, D. C. (2000).  Serotonin function following remission from bulimia nervosa.  Neuropsychopharm-acology, 22, 257-263. doi:10.1016/S0893-133X(99)00117-7

Metzger, E. M., Levine, J. M., McArdle, C. R., Wolfe, B. E., & Jimerson, D. C. (1999).  Salivary gland enlargement and elevated serum amylase in bulimia nervosa.  Biological Psychiatry, 45, 1520-1522. doi: 10.1016/S0006-3223(98)00221-2

Jimerson, D. C., Wolfe, B. E., Metzger, E. D., Finkelstein, D. M., Cooper, T. B., & Levine, J. M. (1997).  Decreased serotonin function in bulimia nervosa.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 54, 529-534. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1997.01830180043005

Wolfe, B. E., Metzger, E. D., & Stollar, C. (1997).  The effects of dieting on plasma tryptophan concentration and food intake in healthy women.  Physiology & Behavior, 61, 537-541. doi: 10.1016/S0031-9384(96)00497-0

Wolfe, B. E., Metzger, E. D., & Jimerson, D. C. (1995).  Comparison of the effects of amino acid mixture and placebo on plasma tryptophan to large neutral amino acid ratio.  Life Sciences, 56, 1395-1400. doi:10.1016/0024-3205(95)00103-4

Franko, D. L., Wolfe, B. E., & Jimerson, D. C. (1994).  Elevated sweet taste pleasantness ratings in bulimia nervosa.  Physiology & Behavior, 56, 969-973. doi: 10.1016/0031-9384(94)90331-X

Covino, N. A., Jimerson, D. C., Wolfe, B. E., Franko, D. L., & Frankel, F. H. (1994).  Hypnotizability, dissociation and bulimia nervosa.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 103, 455-459. doi: 10.1037/0021-843X.103.3.455

Jimerson, D. C., Wolfe, B. E., Franko, D. L., Covino, N. A., & Sifneos, P. E. (1994).  Alexithymia ratings in patients with bulimia nervosa: Clinical correlates.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 56, 90-93. doi: 10.1097/00006842-199403000-00002

Wolfe, B. E., Jimerson, D. C., & Levine, J. M. (1994).  Impulsivity ratings in bulimia nervosa: Relationship to binge eating behaviors.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 15, 289-292. doi: 10.1002/1098-108X(199404)15:3<289::AID-EAT2260150314>3.0.CO;2-U

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