Wendy Schiff

Associate professor

Areas of Focus: Clinical Child Psychology

Phone: 703-310-1291

Email: wschiff@argosy.edu


  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Child & Family Track, University of Miami, 1995.
  • Pre-Doctoral Internship Pediatric Psychology, University of Maryland Medical School.
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, Child & Family Track, University of Miami, 1992.


Wendy Schiff, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. She has been on the faculty since 2000 and has also previously served as Associate Department Chair. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Miami. Her doctoral internship was in pediatric psychology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After earning her Ph.D., Dr. Schiff completed a two-year National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship at the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC). She then became a faculty member at CNMC and the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Schiff's research and clinical focus has been in several areas of pediatric and clinical child psychology. Within pediatric psychology, her experience and interests include adjustment to chronic illness, coping with pain including painful medical procedures, and adherence to medical regimen. Dr. Schiff has published on, and worked with, various pediatric disorders including cancer, HIV/AIDS, headaches, craniofacial anomalies, sickle cell disease, and asthma. Dr. Schiff's areas of expertise also include the diagnosis and treatment of child psychopathology including learning disorders and externalizing disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Dr. Schiff is currently a collaborating investigator on two Small Business Innovation Research grants with Danya International, Inc. through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. These grants focus on helping children cope with painful procedures and helping parents of children born with cleft lip and palate.


  • Clinical Child Psychology.
  • Pediatric (Child Health) Psychology.


  • American Psychological Association, Division 54 Society of Pediatric Psychology American Psychological Association Division of Pediatric Psychology.
  • Maryland Psychological Association.

Selected Publications

  • Armstrong, F. D., Toledano, S. R., Miloslavich, D., Lackman-Zeman, L., Levey, J. D., Gay, C. L., Schuman, W. B., & Fishkin, M. S. (1999). The Miami Pediatric Quality of Life Questionnaire: Parent Scale. International Journal of Cancer, Supp. 12, 11-17.
  • Holden, A. M., & Schuman, W. B. (1995). Identification and management of mental health disorders in pediatric primary care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2, 71-87.
  • La Greca, A. M., & Schuman, W. B. (1999). Research methods in pediatric psychology. In P. C. Kendall, J. N. Butcher, & G. N. Holmbeck (Eds.) Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (2nd Edition). New York: Wiley.
  • La Greca, A. M., & Schuman, W. B. (1996). Adherence to prescribed medical regimens. In M. C. Roberts (Ed.), Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (2nd Edition). New York: Guilford, 55-83.
  • Mrazek, D. A., Schuman, W. B., & Klinnert, M. (1998). Early asthma onset: Risk of emotional and behavioral difficulties. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 39, 247-254.
  • Pao, M., Lyon, M., D'Angelo, L. J., Schuman, W. B., Tipnis, T., & Mrazek, D. A. (2000). Psychiatric Diagnoses in HIV Seropositive Adolescents. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 154, 240-244.
  • Schiff, W. B., Holtz, K. D., Peterson, N., & Rakusan, T. (2001). The effect of an intervention to reduce procedural pain and distress for children with HIV infection. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 29, 417-427.
  • Schuman, W. B., Armstrong, F. D., Pegelow, C. H., & Routh, D. K. (1993). Enhanced parenting knowledge and skills in mothers of preschool children with sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 18 575-591.
  • Schuman, W. B., & La Greca, A. M. (1999). Social correlates of chronic illness. In R. T. Brown (Ed.) Cognitive Aspects of Chronic Illness in Children. New York: Guilford, 289-311.
  • Stein, M. A. , Efron, L. A., Schiff, W. B., & Glanzman, M. (2002). Attention-deficits and hyperactivity. In M. L. Batshaw (Ed.), Children with Disabilities (5th Edition). New York: Brookes.

Selected Lectures

  • Tynan, W. D., Schuman, W. B., Lampert, N. (1998, November). Treating disruptive child behaviors in a PPO setting. Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the Associated for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington, DC.
  • Children's National Medical Center Grand Rounds and seminars for Nursing, Adolescent Medicine, Dentistry, and Psychology/Psychiatry. Topics have included "Compliance with Medical Regimen," "Procedural Pain Management," "Psychosocial Adjustment in Children with Craniofacial Anomalies," and " Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Headaches."
  • Jewish Social Services Agency Parent Forum invited lecture, "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Behavior Management."
  • Northern Virginia/DC Support Group for DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS invited lecture, "Behavioral Issues Associated with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS)."

Selected Presentations

  • Efron, L., Marean, L., Schuman, W., Pearl, P., Conlon, C., Lewis, J., Hamburger, E., & Stein, M. (2000, May). Assessment of parent and pediatrician satisfaction with two multidisciplinary evaluation clinics. Paper to be presented at the Society for Pediatric Research, Boston, MA.
  • Engel, L. R., Schiff, W. B., McClintock, W., & Rohrbeck, C. (2002, April). Psychological symptoms associated with chronic and episodic pediatric headaches. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  • Johnson, M., Schuman, W., & McKeever, M. (1999, April). Identifying and treating school problems in primary care: Early experiences and lessons learned. Poster presented at the Seventh Florida Conference on Child Health Psychology, Gainesville, FL.
  • Johnson, M., Schuman, W., McKeever, M., Gitterman, B., & Stein, M. A. (1999, May). Feasibility of identifying and treating school problems in primary care: Early experiences and lessons learned. Poster presented at the American Pediatric Society/The Society for Pediatric Research, San Francisco, CA.
  • McCabe, M. A., Shimoda, K. C., Crowe, H. P., Schuman, W. B., Pfeil, C. U., Dinndorf, P. A. (1997, April). Prospective neurocognitive assessment following bone marrow transplantation: Part I. Long term follow-up of cognitive and academic outcome with children. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research of Child Development, Washington, D.C.

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