Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

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Faculty and Staff

wolkCourtney Benjamin Wolk, PhD
Curriculum vitae (pdf)                                                        Post-Doctoral Fellow
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Courtney Benjamin Wolk is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. She received her BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She completed both her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Temple University where she was mentored by Dr. Philip Kendall. Dr. Benjamin Wolk’s graduate school research focused on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) for child and adolescent anxiety. Her dissertation, a long-term follow-up of youth treated with CBT for anxiety in childhood, was funded by an F31 award (MH 086954). She completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in which she worked as a trainer, consultant, and researcher within an established partnership between the city of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she obtained experience training community and school-based therapists to conduct CBT for a variety of presenting problems and populations. Clinically, Dr. Benjamin Wolk’s expertise is in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders in youth. Currently, Dr. Benjamin Wolk is conducting an F32-funded project (MH 103955) investigating team functioning among mental health teams working in Philadelphia schools. This project is mentored by Dr. David Mandell and it is designed to bridge gaps identified during her experience working with school providers. The study aims to test an implementation strategy to improve team functioning among mental health teams in schools. The ultimate goal of this line of research is to better understand teamwork in the context of school mental health and inform interventions to improve the quality of evidence-based treatments delivered to students.