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Wendy Hadley

Julie and Keith Thomson Faculty Chair and HEDCO Clinic Director
Counseling Psychology, Prevention Science
Phone: 541-346-2185
Office: 255 HEDCO Education Bldg


Wendy Hadley, PhD, received her degree in clinical child psychology and behavioral medicine from the University of Memphis in 2003. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship within the Brown University Clinical Consortium. Dr. Hadley then joined the pediatric psychology faculty at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2005.  She worked with a variety of pediatric patients and their families, including those affected by cancer, HIV, feeding disorders, cardiac issues, and overweight/obesity prior to coming to the University of Oregon.

Dr. Hadley conducts research on adolescent risk behaviors including the prevention of substance use and sexual risk behaviors, and adolescent weight management.  She has published over 40 peer authored papers in this domain and has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 20 NIH funded grants.  Funding agencies have included the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In her role as a clinician, she has trained over a hundred pre-doctoral, doctoral, and post-doctoral trainees. 

Dr. Hadley joined the faculty in the College of Education at the University of Oregon as the Julie and Keith Thomson Faculty Chair and HEDCO Clinic Director in 2019.  She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services.

Meet Dr. Wendy Hadley


Ph.D., 2003, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Major: Clinical Psychology (APA approved)

M.S.,2000, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Major: Clinical Psychology

B.S., 1994, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Major: Psychology, Minor: Public Health

Honors and Awards

1994                Florida Academic Scholar, The University of Florida

1998-2000       Graduate Research Award, The University of Memphis

2004-2006       NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Award


Hadley, W., Brown, L.K., Warren, J., Barker, D., Fortune, T., Weddington, P., & Juzang, I., (2016). Work it Out Together: Preliminary Efficacy of a Parent and Adolescent DVD and Workbook Intervention on Adolescent Sexual and Substance use Attitudes and Parenting Behaviors. AIDS & Behavior. 20 (9), 1961-1972.

Houck, C., Barker, D., Hadley, W., Brown, L.K, & Almy, B. (2016). The one-year impact of an emotion regulation intervention on early adolescent health risk behaviors. Health Psychology, 35,1036-1045.

Esposito-Smythers, C., Hadley, W., Brown, L.K., & Curby, T. W. (2016). Alcohol, self-harm, and HIV prevention among youth in mental health treatment: A randomized pilot trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 89, 49-56

Hadley, W., Barker, D., Thamotharan, S., & Houck, C. (2017). Relationship between unsupervised time and participation in an emotion regulation intervention and risk outcomes. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 38(9), 714-722. PMCID: PMC5668172.

Hadley, W., Lansing, A., Barker, D., Hunter, H., Brown, L.K., Donenberg, G., &DiClemente, R. (2017). The longitudinal impact of a family based intervention on observed and self-reported parent-adolescent sexual communication. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 27(4), 1098-1109.

Houck, C.D., Barker, D., Hadley, W., Menefee, M., & Brown, L.K. (2018). Sexual Risk Outcomes of an Emotion Regulation Intervention for At-Risk Early Adolescents. Pediatrics. 141(6), 2017-2525.

Hadley, W., Houck, C., Brown, L., K., Spitalnick, J.S., Ferrer, M., Barker, D., & Virtually Better Inc. (2019). Moving beyond role-play: Evaluating the use of virtual reality to teach emotion regulation for the prevention of adolescent risk behavior within a randomized pilot trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.44(4), 425-435.

Barker, D., Hadley, W., McGee, H., Donenberg, G., DiClemente, R., & Brown, L.K. (2019). Evaluating the role of family context within a randomized adolescent risk prevention trial. AIDS & Behavior. 23(5), 1195-1209.

Lansing, A. H., Guthrie, K. M., Hadley, W. H., Stewart, A., Peters, A. & Houck, C. (2019). Qualitative Assessment of Emotion Regulation Strategies for Prevention of Health Risk Behaviors in Early Adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies.28 (3), 765-775.


Dr. Hadley is currently pursuing research in intervening on adolescent risk behaviors via family and individual factors. The majority of her work has focused on the development and testing of interventions targeting parent-adolescent communication, parental monitoring, and adolescent emotion regulation skills. In the past five years, she has begun to explore the use of technology (virtual reality and web-based media) in delivering and enhancing these interventions.  She recently completed a pilot trial examining the impact of a developed adolescent emotion regulation program targeting weight reduction in a sample of adolescents with overweight and obesity.  Future research projects will continue to examine virtual reality as a tool to enhance the development of adolescent emotion regulation skills in risk situations and dissemination of efficacious parenting interventions via web-based programming.