Amy R. Wolfson, associate dean of the faculty and professor of psychology at the College of the Holy Cross, will become vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland. The announcement was made today by Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president.
A member of the Holy Cross Community since 1992, Wolfson is also chair of the College’s Diversity Leadership Team and a nationally recognized authority in the rapidly growing field of sleep research.
“While we will miss Amy immensely on the Holy Cross campus, we wish her well in her new position, and recognize that this is a well-deserved opportunity at a sister Jesuit institution,” said Margaret N. Freije, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “Her various contributions to our Holy Cross community over the past two decades have had an extraordinary impact on students, faculty and staff. Amy’s talent as a scholar, teacher, mentor and leader, along with her commitment to the mission of Jesuit education, will undoubtedly contribute to her success at Loyola.”
Wolfson grew up in Connecticut and completed her B.A. in psychology from Harvard University in 1982. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1987, and was a post-doctoral researcher in the psychology department at Stanford University from 1988-1990. Since arriving at Holy Cross in 1992, she has taught courses on mental health, health psychology, women’s studies, and sleep and circadian rhythms. She chaired the psychology department and has served on many major College committees and councils, including for the last two years, chair of the Diversity Leadership Team.
Her ground-breaking sleep research focuses on older children and adolescents, and she has become a voice in the national debate about school start times. She has provided expert commentary to numerous national media outlets on the subject, including The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, NBC’s “Today” Show, and the Boston Globe. Wolfson received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development for a six-year study of middle school students in Worcester. It is the largest research grant awarded to an individual in the College’s history. Results from her study demonstrated that the timing and consistency of school-night sleep were associated with demographic and behavioral aspects of socioeconomic status. Moreover, the Sleep-Smart intervention significantly improved the middle school students’ sleep hygiene and other behavioral outcomes.
Wolfson and her students organized the Worcester chapter of Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc., which teaches local children how to prepare for a good night’s sleep through healthy eating, activities and bedtime routines. The program was the first pilot program outside of the Michigan-based non-profit, which was a means to actively link academic research at Holy Cross to benefit children of the local community.
Wolfson and her husband, Andrew Futterman, professor of psychology and health professions advisor at Holy Cross, have lived in Worcester for the last 24 years, and have been active in the Worcester Jewish community. The couple’s son Noah Futterman is a senior at Union College.
She will assume her new role at Loyola on July 1, 2014.
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