Sharon Wolf


Associate Professor of Education


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.

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