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Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health

Jennifer Wolff

Associate Professor
Core Faculty, Center on Aging and Health
Academic Degrees
Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Johns Hopkins University, 2003; M.H.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1995
Departmental Affiliation
Health Policy and Management
Health Services Research
Joint Departmental Affiliations
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Departmental Address
624 North Broadway, Room 692
Baltimore, MD 21205-1996
Phone: 410-502-0458
Fax: 410-955-0470
Research and Professional Experience

Jennifer Wolff is a gerontologist and health services researcher who studies community-based chronic and long-term care delivery for frail and multimorbid older adults, with a particular emphasis on family caregiving. She is interested in understanding how the composition and experience of family caregivers is changing over time, how family caregivers navigate the medical system to facilitate health care for the individuals to whom they provide assistance, and the role of the medical community in supporting family caregivers. Dr. Wolff is a core member of both the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care and the Health Services Research and Development Center and holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. 


health services research, gerontology, long-term care, family caregiving, assistive technology, chronic disease and disability

Honors and Awards

2012-2013 Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow

2002 Marilyn Bergner Award in Health Services Research

Delta Omega Honor Society

Selected Publications

Publications by Dr. Jennifer Wolff on PubMed

Wolff JL, Roter DL, Barron J, Boyd CM, Leff B, Finucane T, Gallo J, Rabins PV, Roth DL, Gitlin LN. A Tool to Strengthen the Older Patient-Companion Partnership in Primary Care: Results from a Pilot Study. forthcoming, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Boult C, Leff B, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Marsteller JA, Frick KD, Wegener S, Reider L, Frey K, Mroz TM, Karm L, Scharfstein DO, A Matched-Pair Cluster-Randomized Trial of Guided Care for Multimorbid Older Adults.  forthcoming,  Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Working Group on Health Outcomes for Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions; Universal health outcome measures for older persons with multiple chronic conditions.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 2012: 60(12): 2333-41.

Marsteller JA, Hsu YJ, Wen M, Wolff JL, Frick K, Reider L, Scharfstein D, Boyd C, Leff B, Schwartz L, Karm L, Boult C. Effects of Guided Care on Providers’ Satisfaction with Care: A Three-Year Matched-Pair Cluster-Randomized Trial.  forthcoming,  Population Health Management.

Wolff JL, Clayman ML, Rabins P, Cook M, Roter DL. An exploration of patient and family engagement in routine primary care visits.  forthcoming in Health Expectations

Wolff JL. Family Matters in Health Care Delivery.  JAMA; 2012: 308(15) 1529-1530..

Howell BL, Wolff JL, Herring B.  Medicare Beneficiary Knowledge of the Part D Program and its Relationship with Voluntary Enrollment.  forthcoming in Medicare and Medicaid Research Review.

Wolff JL and Roter DL. Older Adults’ Mental Health Function and Patient-Centered Care:  Does Family Companion Presence Help or Hinder Communication? Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2012: 27(6) 661-668

Dattalo M, Giovannetti ER, Scharfstein D, Boult C, Wegener S, Wolff JL, Leff B, Frick K, Reider L, Frey K, Noronha G, Boyd CM.  Who participates in Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Programs?  Differences between participants and non-participants in a population of multi-morbid older adults.  forthcoming in Medical Care.

Giovannetti ER, Wolff JL, Xue Q, Weiss CO, Leff B, Boult C, Hughes T, and Boyd CM (2011) Difficulty with Health Care Tasks Among Caregivers of Multimorbid Older Adults.  Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2012: 27(1): 37-44.

Wolff JL, Boyd CM, Gitlin LN, Bruce ML, Roter DL. Going It Together: Persistence of Older Adults’ Accompaniment to Physician Visits by a Family Companion; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 2012: 60(1) 106-112.

Weiss CO, Wolff JL, Egleston B, Seplaki CL, Fried LP.  Incident preclinical mobility disability increases future risk of new difficulty walking and reduction in walking activity; Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics; 2012: 54(3) 327-333.

Weiss CO, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Leff B. Prevalence of Diabetes Treatment Effect Modifiers: the External Validity of Trials to Older Adults; Aging Clinical and Experimental Research; forthcoming.

Gitlin LN and Wolff JL “Family Involvement in Care Transitions of Older Adults: What do we know and where do we go from here?” in Dilworth-Anderson P, Palmer MH, eds., Annual Review of Gerontology, Volume 31, 2011: Pathways Through the Transitions of Care for Older Adults, Springer Publishing Company.

Boyd CM, Leff B, Wolff JL, Yu Q, Zhou J, Rand C, Weiss CO,  Informing Clinical Practice Guideline Development and Implementation: Prevalence of Co-existing Conditions Among Adults with Heart Disease; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society;2011: 59(5): 797-805.

Wolff JL and Roter DL. Family presence in routine physician visits and the patient-physician partnership: A meta-analytic study; Social Science and Medicine; 2011: 72(6): 823-31.

Boult C, Reider L, Leff B, Frick KD, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Frey K, Karm L, Wegener ST, Mroz T, Scharfstein DO, The Effect of Guided Care Teams on the Use of Health Services: Results from a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial; Archives of Internal Medicine; 2011: 171(5): 460-6.

Giovannetti ER and Wolff JL, Cross-Survey Differences in National Estimates of Numbers of Caregivers to Disabled Older Adults; Milbank Quarterly; 2010: 88(3); 310-349.

Marsteller J, Yea-Jen H, Reider K, Frey K, Wolff JL, Boyd CM, Leff B, Karm L, Scharfstein D, Boult, C.  Physician Satisfaction with Chronic Illness Care: A Randomized Trial of Guided Care; Annals of Family Medicine; 2010: 8(4); 308-315.

Boyd CM, Reider L, Frey K, Scharfstein D, Leff B, Wolff J, Groves C, Karm L, Wegener S, Marsteller J, Boult C. The Effects of Guided Care on the Perceived Quality of Health Care for Multi-morbid Older Persons: 18 month Outcomes from A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2010: 25(3); 235-242.

Blaum CS, Cigolle CT, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Tian Z, Langa K, Weir DR.  Clinical complexity in middle-aged and older adults with diabetes: The Health and Retirement Study; Medical Care; 2010: 48(4); 327-334

Wolff JL, Rand-Giovanetti E, Boyd CM, Reider L, Palmer S, Scharfstein D, Marsteller J, Wegener S, Frey K, Leff B, Frick KD, Groves C, Boult C. Effects of Guided Care on Family Caregivers; The Gerontologist; 2010: 50: 459-470.

Wolff JL, Meadow A, Weiss C, Boyd CM, Leff B. Physician Evaluation and Management of Medicare Home Health Patients; Medical Care; 2009; 47(11):1147-55.

Giovannetti ER, Wolff JL, Frick KD, Boult C. Validation of a Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Scale for Informal Caregivers of Chronically Ill Older Adults; Value in Health; 2009; 12(6) 1011-1017.

Wolff JL, Rand-Giovanetti E, Palmer S, Wegener S, Reider L, Frey K, Boult C; Caregiving and Chronic Care: The Guided Care Program for Family and Friends; Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences; 2009; 64(7): 785-791.

Wolff JL, Roter DL, Gitlin LN, Given B; Optimizing Patient and Family Involvement in Geriatric Home Care; Journal for Health Care Quality; 2009; 31(2); 24-33.

Wolff JL and Roter DL; Hidden in Plain Sight: Medical Visit Companions as a Resource for Vulnerable Older Adults; Archives of Internal Medicine; 2008; 168(13):1409-1415.

Wolff JL, Meadow A, Weiss C, Boyd CM, Leff B; Medicare Home Health Patients’ Transitions Through Acute and Post-Acute Care Settings, Medical Care; 2008; 46(11) 1188-1193.

Arbaje AI, Wolff JL, Powe NR, Anderson GF, Boult C; Post-Discharge Environmental and Socioeconomic Factors and the Likelihood of Early Hospital Readmission among Community-Dwelling Medicare Beneficiaries; The Gerontologist; 2008; 48(4): 495-504.

Weiss CO, Seplaki CL, Wolff JL, Kasper JD, Agree EM; Self-selected walking speed was consistent when recorded while using a cane; Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2008; 61:622-627.

Wolff JL, Kasper JD, Shore A; Long-Term Care Preferences Among Older Adults: A Moving Target? The Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 2008; 20(2): 182-200.

Boult C, Reider L, Frey K, Leff B, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Wegener S, Marsteller J, Karm L, Scharfstein D; The early effects of “Guided Care” on the Quality of Health Care for Multi-morbid older persons: A cluster-randomized controlled trial; Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences; 2008:63(3);321-327.

Weiss CO, Boyd CM, Yu Q, Wolff JL, Leff B; Patterns of prevalent major chronic disease among older adults in the United States, JAMA, 2007; 298 (10): 1160-1162.

McNabney MK, Wolff JL, Semanick LM, Kasper, JD, Boult C; Care Needs of Higher-Functioning Nursing Home Residents; The Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2007; 8:409-412.

Bayliss EA, Bosworth HB, Noel PH, Wolff JL, Damush TM, McIvor L; Supporting self-management for patients with complex medical needs: recommendations of a working group; Chronic Illness, 2007;3(2):167-175

Dy SM, Wolff JL, Frick KD; Patient Characteristics and End-of-Life Health Care Utilization Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 1989-1999; Medical Care, 2007; 45(10) 926-930.

Frick KD, West E, Kempen J, Wolff JL; Cost of Visual Impairment and Blindness in the United States, Archives of Opthamology, 2007; 125(4):544-550.

Boyd CM, Boult C, Shadmi E, Leff B, Brager R, Dunbar L, Wolff JL, Wegener S; Guided Care for Multi-Morbid Older Adults, The Gerontologist, 2007; 47 (5).

Wolff JL, Dy SM, Frick KD, Kasper JD; End of Life Care: Findings from a National Survey of Caregivers, Archives of Internal Medicine, 2007; 167(1): 40-46.

Wolff JL and Kasper JD; Caregivers of the Frail Elderly: Updating a National Profile; The Gerontologist, 2006; 46(3): 344-356.

Wolff JL and Boult C; Moving Beyond Round Pegs and Square Holes: Restructuring Medicare to Improve Chronic Care; Annals of Internal Medicine, 2005; 143(6): 439-445.

Wolff JL, Agree EM, Kasper JD; Canes, Walkers and Wheelchairs: What Does Medicare Pay for and Who Benefits? Health Affairs, 2005; 24(4): 1140-1149.

Wolff JL, Boult C, Boyd C, Anderson G; Newly Reported Chronic Conditions and Onset of Functional Dependency, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2005; 5: 851-855.

Wolff JL; Meeting Long Term Needs, Advanced Studies in Medicine, 2004; 4: 318-320.

Wolff JL and Kasper JD; Informal Caregiver Characteristics and Subsequent Hospitalization Outcomes Among Recipients of Care, Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2004; 16(4): 307-313.

Wolff JL and Agree EM; Depression Among Recipients of Informal Care: The Effects of Reciprocity, Respect, and Adequacy of Support. Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences, 2004; 59B: S173-S180.

Wolff JL, Starfield B, Anderson G; Prevalence, Expenditures, and Complications of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the Elderly. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2002; 162: 2269-2276.

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