Jennifer L Woolard


Associate Professor
Co-Director of Graduate Program in Developmental Science


Department of Psychology
General profile




Alt. email


306H White-Gravenor

Office hours

T R 10:00-11:00 and by appt


Dr. Woolard has written on several aspects of adolescent development in the family and legal contexts, including juvenile delinquency, mental health, and intimate violence. Her current research with juvenile defendants addresses competence to stand trial, the attorney-client relationship, and the role of parents in adolescents’ legal decision making, among other topics. Dr. Woolard has also published on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, policy regarding female delinquency, mental health needs of juvenile delinquents, and the overlap between child maltreatment and spouse abuse. She has presented her research findings to a wide variety of academic, legal, and policy audiences and has won several awards for undergraduate teaching excellence. She is currently a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.


  • Ph.D. (1998) University of Virginia, Community and Developmental Psychology
  • M.A. (1994) University of Virginia, Community and Developmental Psychology
  • B.A. (1989) University of Virginia, Sociology and Psychology