Jennifer Wolford, D.O., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director of Community Outreach

Jennifer Wolford joined the Division of Child Advocacy in 2011, having completed a pediatric residency at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and served one year as chief resident. From July 2013-June 2017, she served as the clinical director of the CAC. In 2015, she became the Program Director of the CHECS Program (Child Health Evaluation and Coordination Services) within the CAC. This program is in collaboration with the Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services to provide comprehensive onsite healthcare assessment and care coordination for medically fragile children involved in the child welfare system. The presence of nurses from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Child Protective Services offices enhances the ability to provide real-time consultation and coordinated care for children. She has also served as the assistant director of the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Pediatric Residency Program since October 2015. Wolford’s specific interests include identification of social determinants of health, cultural competency, impact of domestic violence on children, and international health.

Major Lectureships

  • “Quarterly Child Maltreatment Update,” Trauma Conference (with Dr. Jennifer Clarke and/or Dr. Jennifer Wolford and/or Dr. Rachel Berger), UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2017; February and April 2018
  • “Physical and Child Sexual Abuse,” Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2017
  • “Child Abuse Evaluation and Follow-up,” Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh, Pa., January 2018
  • “Working with CPS,” Child Psychiatry Fellows’ Course/System of Care, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pa., January 2018
  • “How to Evaluate for Child Abuse,” Lunch and Learn, Global Crossing Conferencing, Pittsburgh, Pa., February 2018
  • “The Emergency Expert,” Emergency Medicine Interest Group, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 2018
  • “CAC Case Reviews,” Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division Conference (with Dr. Jennifer Clarke and Dr. Jennifer Wolford), UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pa., April 2018
  • “Child Welfare and Medical Professionals Collaborating for Healthy Children,” 13th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment (with V. McCaskey and B. Satterfield), Pittsburgh, Pa., April 2018

Education & Training

  • Master of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA
  • DO: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

Representative Publications

Refereed articles

  1. Redinbaugh EM, Sullivan AM, Block SD, Gadmer NM, Lakoma M, Mitchell AM, Seltzer D, Wolford J, Arnold RM. Doctors’ emotional reactions to recent death of a patient: cross-sectional study of hospital doctors. BMJ 2003 Jul; 26;327(7408):185.
  2. Gold MA, Wolford JE, Smith KA, Parker AM. The effects of advance provision of emergency contraception on adolescent women’s sexual and contraceptive behaviors. J Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology 2004 Apr;17(2):87-96.
  3. Zuccoli G, Panigrahy A, Haldipur A, Willaman D, Squires J, Wolford J, Sylvester CL, Mitchell E, Lope LA, Nischal KK, Berger RP. Susceptibility-weighted imaging depicts retinal hemorrhages in abusive head trauma. Neuroradiology 2013 Jul; 55(7):889-893.
  4. Thorpe EL, Zuckerbraun NS, Wolford JE, Berger RP. Missed opportunities to diagnose child physical abuse. Ped Emerg Care 2014 Nov;30(11):771-776.

Other publications

  1. Wolford JE. The Woodlands: a model program of the positive effects of volunteerism. University of Pittsburgh, 2000. Master of Public Health thesis. Peterson K, advisor.
  2. Wolford J. Competition fosters the best health care system. Resident Report, American Academy of Pediatrics 2009 Fall;19(2):3.
  3. Wolford J. Joining forces. Resident Report, American Academy of Pediatrics 2010 Spring;20(1):4.

Research Interests

  • Identification of social determinants of health
  • Cultural competency
  • Impact of domestic violence on children
  • International health