Dr. Christy Wolfe

Dr. Christy Wolfe (email) is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where she was involved in undergraduate research and was the President of Psi Chi (the international honor society in psychology). She received her master’s in experimental psychology from East Tennessee State University; while a graduate student there, she worked in the Office of Student Affairs administering many college student opinion and experiences surveys and after graduation worked in the medical school assisting MD’s with their research. Dr. Wolfe received her PhD in psychological sciences with an emphasis on developmental processes from Virginia Tech in 2005. She has taught at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and at the University of Louisville (UofL).

Dr. Wolfe’s research interests include the development of executive functioning (e.g., working memory, inhibitory control, and focused attention) from infancy to early childhood and how this relates to temperament, patterns of brain electrical activity, and measures of heart rate. Her most recent research investigates the relation between executive functioning and temperamental shyness, specifically. Her research has been published in the journals Brain and Cognition, Developmental Neuropsychology, Cognitive Development, Developmental Psychobiology, and International Journal of Behavioral Development. Dr. Wolfe teaches Foundations of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Wolfe is currently the faculty advisor for Bellarmine’s Chapter of Psi Chi and also the Psychology Club. She has a husband, Matt, two daughters, and a German Shepherd Dog named Sawyer. When she is not teaching or doing research, she checks and responds to emails, vacuums up dog hair, shuttles her children around, and wishes that she had time more time for yoga.


  • Loprinzi, P. D., Wolfe, C. D., & Walker, J, F. (in press). Exercise facilitates smoking cessation indirectly via improvements in smoking-specific self-efficacy: Prospective cohort study among a national sample of young smokers. Preventive Medicine.
  • Wolfe, C. D., & Bell, M. A. (2014). Brain electrical activity of shy and non-shy preschool-aged children during executive function tasks. Infant and Child Development. Online publication. doi: 10.1002/icd.1858
  • Wolfe, C. D., Zhang, J., Kim-Spoon, J., & Bell, M. A. (2014). A longitudinal perspective on the association between cognition and temperamental shyness. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38(3), 266-276.  
  • Hannesdóttir, D. K., Doxie, J., Bell, M. A., Ollendick, T. H., & Wolfe, C. D. (2010). Emotion regulation and anxiety during middle childhood:  Associations with frontal EEG asymmetry in infancy and early childhood. Developmental Psychobiology, 52, 197-204.  
  • Bell, M. A., Greene, D. R., & Wolfe, C. D. (2010). Psychobiological Mechanisms of Cognition-Emotion Integration in Early Development. In S. Calkins & M.A. Bell (eds.), The Integration of Cognition and Emotion in Early Development. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.  
  • Bell, M.A., & Wolfe, C.D. (2008). Electroencephalographic (EEG) measures in cognitive developmental research. In L.A. Schmidt & S.J. Sigalowitz (eds.), Developmental Psychophysiology. New York: Cambridge University Press.  
  • Wolfe, C.D., & Bell, M. A. (2007a). Sources of variability in working memory in early childhood: A consideration of age, temperament, language, and brain electrical activity. Cognitive Development, 22, 431-455.  
  • Wolfe, C.D., & Bell, M. A. (2007b). The integration of cognition and emotion during infancy and early childhood: Regulatory processes associated with the development of working memory. Brain and Cognition, 65, 3-13.  
  • Bell, M. A., & Wolfe, C.D. (2007c). Brain reorganization from infancy to early childhood: Evidence from EEG power and coherence during working memory tasks. Developmental Neuropsychology, 31, 21-38.
  • Bell, M.A., & Wolfe, C.D. (2007d). The cognitive neuroscience of early socioemotional development. In C.A. Brownell & C.B. Kopp (Eds.), Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years. New York: Guilford.  
  • Bell, M.A., Wolfe, C.D., & Adkins, D.R. (2007e). Frontal lobe development during infancy and childhood: Contributions of brain electrical activity, temperament, and language to individual differences in working memory and inhibitory control. In D. Coch, G. Dawson, & K.W. Fischer (Eds.), Human behavior and the developing brain (2nd ed.): Typical development (pp. 247-276). New York: Guilford.  
  • Bell, M. A., & Wolfe, C.D. (2004a). Emotion and cognition: An intricately bound developmental process. Child Development, 75, 366-370.
  • Wolfe, C.D., & Bell, M. A. (2004b). Working memory and inhibitory control in early childhood: Contributions from electrophysiology, temperament, and language. Developmental Psychobiology, 44, 68-83.