Brenda Wiens, Ph.D.

Brenda WiensClinical Associate Professor


Office: 352-733-0468

Assessment  & Clinic Appointments: 352-265-0294


Pediatric Psychology Lab

Link to PHHP Research Profile

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., 2003, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, and behavioral/emotional concerns; providing treatment services to children in rural areas; and consulting with teachers and schools. Dr. Wiens sees referrals from the UF Health ADHD and Child Development Clinic and consults with participating multi-disciplinary team members.  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 the 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 has also collaborated 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. Further, Dr. Wiens is currently a team member for the University of Florida study site of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study (

Key Publications 

Mao, L., Stacciarini, J. M. R., Smith, R., & Wiens, B. (2015). An individual-based rurality measure and its health application: A case study of Latino immigrants in North Florida, USA. Social Science & Medicine, 147, 300-308.

Stacciarini, J. M. R., Smith, R., Garvan, C. W., Wiens, B., & Cottler, L. B. (2015). Rural Latinos’ mental wellbeing: A mixed-methods pilot study of family, environment and social isolation factors. Community Mental Health Journal, 51, 404-413.

Toledano, S., Werch, B. L., & Wiens, B. A. (2015). Examining relations among self-concept domains and peer aggression. Journal of School Violence, 14, 405-423.

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.

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 Violence9, 271-288.

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 PsychologyE12(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 Violence8, 206-215.

Courses Taught

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

Awards & Honors

  • Superior Accomplishment Award – UF/Health Science Center division winner, 2016
  • University-level winner for Academic Personnel, University of Florida, 2016

Professional Memberships

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