Janet Woodruff-Borden

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Phone: 541-346-3081
  • Office: 202 Johnson Hall
  • Interests: Developmental Psychopathology, Anxiety, Parenting, Resilience


Dr. Woodruff-Borden's research focuses on the etiology, developmental psychopathology, and treatment of anxiety disorders. Children of anxious parents have a significantly increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder compared to those of nonanxious parents leading to work examining risk and protective factors including: parenting practices and parent-child interactions; biological and psychophysiological markers; cognitive factors; and temperament as well as the complex interactions among these factors across development. Her studies have spanned development from newborns to adults and have also included a focus on the phenomenology and development of anxiety in traditionally underserved groups and genotype-phenotype expression of anxiety in individuals with genetic disorders. Her most recent work focuses on the development of worry, the mapping of cognitive, affective, and psychophysiological components of worry over development, intolerance of uncertainty, and the applicability of adult models of worry to children and adolescents.

Dr. Woodruff-Borden is no longer accepting new graduate students.

Selected recent publications:

Arellano, B.*, Gramszlo, C.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2018). Parental reactions to children's negative affect: The moderating role of parental GAD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 53, 22-29.

Gramszlo, C.*, Geronimi, E.M.C.*, Arellano, B.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2017). Testing a cognitive pathway between temperament and childhood anxiety. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-017-0914-2

Affrunti, N.W.*, Gramszlo, C.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2016). Executive function moderates the association between fearful temperament and dimensions of perfectionism. Personality and Individual Differences, 89, 117-122.

Gramszlo, C.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2015). Emotional reactivity and executive control: A pathway of risk for the development of childhood worry. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 35, 35-41. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.07.005

Affrunti, N.W.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2015). The effect of parental psychopathology on parent-child agreement of child anxiety symptoms: A hierarchical linear modeling approach. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 32, 56-65. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.03.010

Affrunti, N.W.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2015). Parental perfectionism and overcontrol: Examining mechanisms in the development of child anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 517-529. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9914-5

Affrunti, N.W.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2014). Perfectionism in pediatric anxiety and depressive disorders. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 17, 299-317. doi: 10.1007/s10567-014-0164-4

Geronimi, E.M.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2014). The language of worry: Examining linguistic elements of worry models. Cognition & Emotion. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2014.917071

Williams, S.R.*, Cash, E., Daup, M.*, Geronimi, E.M.C.*, Sephton, S.E., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2013). Exploring patterns in cortisol synchrony among anxious and nonanxious mother and child dyads: A preliminary study. Biological Psychology, 93, 287-295.

Kertz, S.J.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2013). The role of metacognition, intolerance of uncertainty, and negative problem orientation in children's worry. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 243-248.

Williams, S.*, Kertz, S.*, Schrock, M.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2012). Sequential interactions of anxious parents and their children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 64-74.

Kertz, S.J.*, & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2011). The developmental psychopathology of worry. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 14, 174-197.

*graduate student co-author