Brenda Wiens, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
(Ph.D., 2003, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Office: 352-273-5120

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Full CV


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.

Clinical Focus

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 ADHD, learning disabilities, and behavioral/emotional concerns; providing treatment services to children in rural areas; and consulting with teachers and schools. Dr. Wiens is involved in the UF ADHD program and consults with participating team members, including the disciplines of medicine, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, and speech/language.  She also supervises a clinic one day a week in Columbia County to provide services to children and families through the school district. In addition to these activities, Dr. Wiens supervises child assessments and child and family therapy cases in the Psychology Clinic.

Research Focus

Dr. Wiens has conducted research in the areas of school mental health services and school-based programs focusing on prevention of violence, substance use, and negative youth outcomes. She has been the principal evaluator for 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 use. Dr. Wiens also collaborates 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.

Current Grants

Social Isolation Among Latinos: An Intervention Development
Principal Investigator: Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini
Co-Principal Investigators: Brenda Wiens, Linda Cottler, & Barbara Lutz
University of Florida Opportunity Fund

The aim of this project is to evaluate social isolation and its correlates among Latinos living in rural areas. Findings will be used to develop a culturally-appropriate intervention to address social isolation.

Completed Grants as Principal Investigator

Evaluation of Project Counseling and Resources for Elementary Students (CARES)
Subcontract from Department of Education grant awarded to Columbia County School District

The aim of this project was to evaluate county-wide prevention and enhanced counseling services for elementary students in Columbia County, FL. As part of this project, we provided and evaluated therapy services for district elementary students.

Evaluation of Project CATCh Mentoring Program
Subcontract from Department of Education grant awarded to Columbia County School District

The aim of this project was to evaluate mentoring services being provided for middle-school students (grades 6-8) in the county public schools.

Evaluation of Project CLEA2R: Columbia Linking Efforts for Alcohol Awareness and Responsibility
Subcontract from Department of Education grant awarded to Columbia County School District

The aim of this project was to evaluate county-wide alcohol prevention activities for grades 6-12. As part of this project, we provided therapy services for district students in grades 6-12.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Division 53, Clinical Child Psychology
  • Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Extension Disaster Education Network

Courses Taught

  • Lifespan Psychopathology (child)
  • Interdisciplinary Family Health Course
  • Core practicum (child assessment)
  • Child therapy practicum
  • Advanced practicum in rural school-linked mental health services

Representative Publications 

Radunovich, H. L., & Wiens, B. (2012). Providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and families in rural areas. In K. B. Smalley, J. C. Warren & J. P. Rainer (Eds.), Rural Mental Health (pp. 281-295). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Milligan, E. W., Radunovich, H. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2012). School violence exposure and adolescent substance use: A rural investigation. Graduate Student Journal of Psychology, 14, 30-36.

Dempsey, A. G., Haden, S. C., Goldman, J., Sivinski, J., & Wiens, B. A. (2011). Relational and overt victimization in middle and high schools: Associations with suicidality. Journal of School Violence, 10, 374-392.

Stacciarini, J. R., Wiens, B.A., Coady, M., Schwait, A. B., Perez, A., Locke, B., … Bernardi, K. (2011).  CBPR: Building partnerships with Latinos in rural areas for a wellness approach to mental health. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32, 486-492.

Stacciarini, J. R., Shattell, M. M., Madden, M. C., & Wiens, B. A. (2011). Review: Community-based participatory research approach to address mental health in minority populations. Community Mental Health Journal, 47, 489-497.

Wiens, B. A., Haden, S. C., Dean, K., & Sivinski, J. (2010). The impact of peer victimization and aggression on substance use in rural adolescents. Journal of School Violence, 9, 271-288.

Stern, M. K., & Wiens, B. A. (2009). Ethnic differences in adolescent perceptions of harm and attitudes towards substance use. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 8, 54-69.

Wack, E., Radunovich, H. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2009). Project CATCh: Evaluation of a model of care coordination and service delivery for children. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E12(1). Available from

Wiens, B. A., & Dempsey, A. (2009). Bystander involvement in peer victimization: The value of looking beyond aggressors and victims. Journal of School Violence, 8, 206-215.

Evans, G. D., Radunovich, H. L., Cornette, M. M., Wiens, B. A., & Roy, A. (2008). Implementation and utilization characteristics of a rural, school-linked mental health program. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 17, 84-97.

Keeley, M. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2008). Family influences on treatment refusal in school-linked mental health services. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 17, 109-126.

Wiens, B. A., Evans, G. D., Radunovich, H. L., Torres, N. I., Rozensky, R. H., Perri, M. G., & Janicke, D. (2007). A collaboration between Extension and Psychology to improve health for rural Americans: The National Rural Behavioral Health Center. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E10(1). Available from

Evans, G. D., Reader, S., Liss, H. J., Wiens, B. A., & Roy, A. (2006). Implementation of an aggressive random drug testing policy in a rural high school: Student attitudes regarding program fairness and effectiveness. Journal of School Health, 76(9), 452-458.



Triumph Over Tragedy, Second Edition: A Community Response to Managing Trauma in Times of Disaster and Terrorism

Garret D. Evans and Brenda Wiens

Triumph Over Tragedy Manual Cover PhotoDeveloped from research and a decade’s worth of experiences assisting communities in response to large-scale disasters, Triumph Over Tragedy, Second Edition focuses on helping individuals and communities cope with the emotional impacts of disaster events. The curriculum is designed to inform Cooperative Extension, community leaders, first responders, health professionals and mental health professionals regarding the mental health aspects of disasters and terrorism. The expanded curriculum contains information on individual and community psychological reactions following a disaster or terrorism event, strategies for helping communities prepare for and respond to critical events, strategies for supporting individual community members in the wake of a disaster, and the long-term recovery process for individuals and communities. Development of the manual was supported by the NRBHC center grant (SAMHSA Grant #1H795M53468-01; P.I., Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D.).

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Triumph Over Tragedy, Second Edition: DVD and CD Training Curriculum

Brenda Wiens and Garret D. Evans

Triumph Over Tragedy 2nd Edition Cover PhotoThe Triumph Over Tragedy DVD and CD training curriculum is an extension of the Triumph Over Tragedy, 2nd Edition training manual. These “train-the-trainer” materials will benefit Extension professionals engaged in disaster preparation and response, and were utilized by Extension agents in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama following Hurricane Katrina. This project was supported through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (USDA-CSREES), Smith-Lever Special Needs Program (#2003-41210-01782).


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CD Contents

  • Narrated training modules
    • Managing and Understanding the Psychological Effects of the Threat of Bioterrorism
    • Becoming Involved in Disaster Preparedness and Response in Your Community
    • The Special Concerns of Rural Communities Special Issues
  • Triumph Over Tragedy, 2nd Edition manual in PDF format
  • Resource list

DVD Contents

  • Triumph Over Tragedy, 45-minute training video on how to recognize post-disaster stress reactions and provide basic support for disaster victims. This was originally distributed on VHS as part of the UF-IFAS 1999 Disaster Handbook Video Series.
  • Presentations
    • Information Management
    • Prevention and Treatment of PTSD