Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., Dresden University of Technology

Field of Specialty


Contact Information

Lemberg Hall 101

Jutta M. Wolf

My research addresses the following questions:
(1) During stress, how and at what levels do the endocrine system and the immune system interact?
(2) How does this interplay affect health outcomes, such as depression or PTSD?
(3) Which factors are moderating physiological stress effects and subsequent health outcomes?
With regard to moderators, I am particularly interested in the role of emotions and body image as well as health behaviors (exercise, sleep) and subjective social status.


Devine, J.K., Wolf, J.M.. "Integrating nap and nighttime sleep into sleep behavior patterns reveals differential links to health-relevant outcomes." Journal of Sleep Research (2016). (forthcoming)

Rene, K., Wolf, J.M., M.D. Gellman, J.R. Turner. "Psychoneuroimmunology." Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. 2012. (forthcoming)

Rohleder, N, Wolf, J.M., M.D. Gellman, J.R. Turner. "Inflammation." Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. 2012. (forthcoming)

Saucier, E., Wolf, J.M., M.D. Gellman, J.R. Turner. "Psychoneuroendocrinology." Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. 2012. (forthcoming)

Devine, J.K., Wolf, J.M.. "Determinants of cortisol awakening responses to naps and nighttime sleep." Psychoneuroendocrinology 63. (2016): 128-134.

Lupis, S.B., Sabik, N.J., Wolf, J.M.. "Role of shame and body esteem in cortisol stress responses." Journal of Behavioral Medicine 39. (2016): 262-275.

Bassett, S., Lupis, S.B., Gianferante, D., Rohleder, N., Wolf, J.M.. "Sleep quality but not sleep quantity effects on cortisol responses to acute psychosocial stress." Stress 18. (2015): 638-644.

Brouwers, C.J., Wolf, J., von Känel, R.. "Inflammatory markers in PTSD." The Comprehensive Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Ed. V. Preedy. London: Springer, 2015

Geiger, A.M., Pitts, K.P., Feldkamp, J., Kirschbaum, C., Wolf, J.M.. "Cortisol-dependent stress effects on cell distribution in healthy individuals and individuals suffering from Primary Adrenal Insufficiency." Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 50. (2015): 241-248.

Goodman, W.K., Geiger, A.M., Wolf, J.M.. "Differential links between leisure activities and depressive symptoms in unemployed individuals." Journal of Clinical Psychology 72. 1 (2015): 70-78.

Habersaat, S., Geiger, A.M., Abdellaoui, S., Wolf, J.M.. "Health in police officers: Role of risk factor clusters and police divisions." Social Science & Medicine 143. (2015): 213-222.

Het, S., Vicks, S., Wolf, J.M., Hammelstein, P., Herpertz, S., Wolf, O.T. "Blunted neuroendocrine stress reactivity in young women with eating disorders." Journal of Psychosomatic Research 78. 3 (2015): 260-267.

Geiger, A., Lupis, S., Sabik, N., Wolf, J.M.. "Perceived appearance judgments moderate the biological stress effects of social exchanges." Biological Psychology 103. (2014): 297-304.

Kuebler, U., Zuccarella-Hackl, C., Arpagaus, A., Wolf, J.M., Farahmand, F., von Känel, R., Ehlert, U., Wirtz, P.H.. "Stress-induced modulation of NF-kappaB activation, inflammation-associated gene expression, and cytokine levels in blood of healthy men." Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 46. (2014): 87-95.

Lupis, S., Lerman, M.H., Wolf, J.M.. "Anger responses to psychosocial stress predict heart rate and cortisol stress responses in men but not women." Psychoneuroendocrinology 48. (2014): 84-95.

Strahler, J., Rohleder, N., Wolf, J.M.. "Acute psychosocial stress induces differential short-term changes in catecholamine sensitivity of stimulated inflammatory cytokine production." Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 43. (2014): 139-148.

Thoma, M.V., Joksimovic, L.L., Kirschbaum, C., Wolf, J.M., Rohleder, N.. "Altered salivary alpha-amylase awakening response in Bosnian War refugees with posttraumatic stress disorder." Psychoneuroendocrinology 37. 6 (2012): 810-817.

Thoma, M.V., Kirschbaum, C., Wolf, J.M., Rohleder, N.. "Acute stress responses in salivary alpha-amylase predict increases of plasma norepinephrine." Biol Psychol 91. 3 (2012): 342-348.

Rohleder, N., Wolf, J.M., Wolf, O.T.. "Glucocorticoid sensitivity of cognitive and inflammatory processes in depression and posttraumatic stress disorder." Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 35. (2010): 104-114.

Rohleder, N., Wolf, J. M., Kirschbaum, C., Wolf, O. T.. "Effects of cortisol on emotional but not on neutral memory are correlated with peripheral glucocorticoid sensitivity of inflammatory cytokine production." Int J Psychophysiol 72. 1 (2009): 74-80.

Wolf, J.M., Rohleder, N., Bierhaus, A., Petrov, D., Nawroth, P.P., Kirschbaum, C.. "Determinants of the NF-kappaB response to acute psychosocial stress in humans." Brain Behav Immun 23. 6 (2009): 742-749.

Rohleder, N., Chen, E., Wolf, J. M., Miller, G. E.. "The psychobiology of trait shame in young women: extending the social self preservation theory." Health Psychol 27. 5 (2008): 523-32.

Wolf, J. M., Miller, G. E., Chen, E.. "Parent psychological states predict changes in inflammatory markers in children with asthma and healthy children." Brain Behav Immun 22. 4 (2008): 433-41.

Wolf, J. M., Nicholls, E., Chen, E.. "Chronic stress, salivary cortisol, and alpha-amylase in children with asthma and healthy children." Biol Psychol 78. 1 (2008): 20-8.

Rohleder, N., Beulen, S. E., Chen, E., Wolf, J. M., Kirschbaum, C.. "Stress on the dance floor: the cortisol stress response to social-evaluative threat in competitive ballroom dancers." Pers Soc Psychol Bull 33. 1 (2007): 69-84.

Rohleder, N., Otto, B., Wolf, J. M., Klose, J., Kirschbaum, C., Enck, P., Klosterhalfen, S.. "Sex-specific adaptation of endocrine and inflammatory responses to repeated nauseogenic body rotation." Psychoneuroendocrinology 31. 2 (2006): 226-36.

Rohleder, N., Wolf, J. M., Herpfer, I., Fiebich, B. L., Kirschbaum, C., Lieb, K.. "No response of plasma substance P, but delayed increase of interleukin-1 receptor antagonist to acute psychosocial stress." Life Sci 78. 26 (2006): 3082-9.

Wolf, J.M.. Psychosocial Stress and Addison's Disease - A New Approach to Evaluate the Relevance of Endocrine Stress Responses for Health and Disease. Diss. URL: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:swb:14-1142418669410-00716, 2006.

Klosterhalfen, S., Kellermann, S., Stockhorst, U., Wolf, J., Kirschbaum, C., Hall, G., Enck, P.. "Latent inhibition of rotation chair-induced nausea in healthy male and female volunteers." Psychosom Med 67. 2 (2005): 335-40.

Rohleder, N., Wolf, J.M., Kirschbaum, C.. "Psychoneuroimmunologie." Enzyklopaedie der Psychologie, XXIX Gesundheitspsychology. vol. 1 Ed. Schwarzer, R.. Goettingen: Hogrefe Verlag, 2005

Rohleder, N., Joksimovic, L., Wolf, J. M., Kirschbaum, C.. "Hypocortisolism and increased glucocorticoid sensitivity of pro-Inflammatory cytokine production in Bosnian war refugees with posttraumatic stress disorder." Biol Psychiatry 55. 7 (2004): 745-51.

Rohleder, N., Nater, U. M., Wolf, J. M., Ehlert, U., Kirschbaum, C.. "Psychosocial stress-induced activation of salivary alpha-amylase: an indicator of sympathetic activity?." Ann N Y Acad Sci 1032. (2004): 258-63.

Bierhaus, A., Wolf, J., Andrassy, M., Rohleder, N., Humpert, P. M., Petrov, D., Ferstl, R., von Eynatten, M., Wendt, T., Rudofsky, G., Joswig, M., Morcos, M., Schwaninger, M., McEwen, B., Kirschbaum, C., Nawroth, P. P.. "A mechanism converting psychosocial stress into mononuclear cell activation." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100. 4 (2003): 1920-5.

Rohleder, N., Wolf, J. M., Kirschbaum, C.. "Glucocorticoid sensitivity in humans-interindividual differences and acute stress effects." Stress 6. 3 (2003): 207-22.

Rohleder, N., Wolf, J. M., Piel, M., Kirschbaum, C.. "Impact of oral contraceptive use on glucocorticoid sensitivity of pro-inflammatory cytokine production after psychosocial stress." Psychoneuroendocrinology 28. 3 (2003): 261-73.

Rohleder, N., Kudielka, B. M., Hellhammer, D. H., Wolf, J. M., Kirschbaum, C.. "Age and sex steroid-related changes in glucocorticoid sensitivity of pro-inflammatory cytokine production after psychosocial stress." J Neuroimmunol 126. 1-2 (2002): 69-77.

Schulz, P., Schlotz, W., Wolf, J., Wuest, S.. "Gender differences in stress-related variables: The influence of worry-disposition.." Zeitschrift fuer Differentielle und Diagnostische Psychologie 23. 3 (2002): 305-326.

Wust, S., Wolf, J., Hellhammer, D. H., Federenko, I., Schommer, N., Kirschbaum, C.. "The cortisol awakening response - normal values and confounds." Noise Health 2. 7 (2000): 79-88.

Courses Taught

PSYC 15a Biological Bases of Motivation
PSYC 38a Health Psychology
PSYC 51a Statistics
PSYC 142a Sport Psychology: A Health Psychology Perspective
PSYC 211a Graduate Research Methods in Psychology