Sharon Wolf

Office Address: 

GSE, 3700 Walnut Street



  • Sharon Wolf (PSC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today about new research in Ghana that examines implications of COVID-19 on returning to school.

  • PARC Associates, Julia LynchRachel Werner, and PSC Associate, Sharon Wolf, were featured in Penn Today discussing the unequal effects exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic issues which contribute to these inequalities, and solutions for addressing inequalities in politics, health care, and education.


    Sharon Wolf (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed for NPR's Rough Translation podcast about discipline and teaching strategies in Ghana's education system.

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Ph.D., Applied Psychology, New York University, 2014

Dr. Sharon Wolf studies the social and environmental determinants of child development and inequalities, focusing on disadvantaged populations in the United States and in low-income countries. Shaped by her training in applied developmental and community psychology, Dr. Wolf applies a developmental-ecological framework to study how social contexts affect children’s academic and behavioral development and produce inequality.

Prior to joining the faculty at Penn GSE, Dr. Wolf was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Global TIES for Children research center at New York University and a National Poverty Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was in residence at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis from NYU. Dr. Wolf was a recipient of the American Psychological Foundation Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Fellowship in Child Psychology, and the Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellowship.


  • Drexel Global Education Colloquium: Sharon Wolf on Quality Preschool for Ghana
  • Innovations for Poverty Action: Sharon Wolf on What Works in Early Childhood Education in Ghana
  • 2017 Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute: Sharon Wolf Interviews Aaliyah Samuel on Prioritizing Early Childhood Education