Janet Woodruff-Borden, PhD



Dr. Woodruff-Borden will not be accepting new students for the 2018-19 academic year.


  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1982
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 1988
  • Post Doctoral, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1988-89

Research Interests

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Familial linkage of anxiety
  • Phenomenology of anxiety
  • Mental health in underserved populations

Selected Publications


  • 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., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2017). The Roles of Anxious Rearing, Negative Affect, and Effortful Control in a Model of Risk for Child Perfectionism. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-9.
  • Affrunti, N.W., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2016). Emotional control mediates the association between dimensions of perfectionism and worry in children. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, doi: 10.1007/s10578-016-0654-3.
  • Affrunti, N.W., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2016). Negative affect and child internalizing symptoms: The mediating role of perfectionism. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47:358-368. doi: 10.1007/s10578-015-0571-x.
  • 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.
  • Geronimi, E.M.C., Patterson, H.L., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2016). Relating worry and executive functioning during childhood: The moderating role of age. Child  Psychiatry and Human Development, 430-439. doi: 10.1007/s10578-015-0577-4.
  • 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.Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.07.005
  • 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.
  • Geronimi, E. M., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2015). The language of worry: Examining linguistic elements of worry models. Cognition & Emotion, 29, 311-318.
  • Affrunti, N.W., Geronimi, E.M.C., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2015) Language of perfectionistic parents predicting child anxiety diagnostic status. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 30, 94-102.
  • Affrunti, N. W., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2015). The effect of maternal psychopathology on parent–child agreement of child anxiety symptoms: A hierarchical linear modeling approach. Journal of anxiety disorders, 32, 56-65.
  • Affrunti, N.W. & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2014) Perfectionism in pediatric anxiety and depressive disorders. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 17, 299-317.
  • Affrunti, N.W., Geronimi, E.M.C., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2014) Temperament, peer victimization, and nurturing parenting in child anxiety: A moderated mediation model. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45, 483-492.
  • Affrunti, N.W., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2013).  The association of executive function and temperament in a model of risk for childhood anxiety. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 17, 715-724.
  • 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.
  • Hosey, R. P. & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2012). An examination of the relationship between parent language and child anxiety. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 34, 210-230.
  • Williams, S. R., Kertz, S. J., Schrock, M. D., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2012). A sequential analysis of parent-child interactions in anxious and nonanxious families. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41(1), 64-74.
  • Kertz, S. J. & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2011). The developmental psychopathology of worry. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 14, 174-197.


Courses Often Taught

  • Psyc 685 - Clinical Psychology Practicum
  • Psyc 687 - Anxiety Disorders