Our Team

Dr. Jackie Wolfman is the founder and director of Village Psychology and an expert in the treatment of emotion dysregulation in early adulthood.

About Dr. Wolfman

Dr. Wolfman is a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to helping college students and young adults struggling with anxiety, trauma, impulsivity, and relationship difficulties. Dr. Wolfman is the founder and director of Village Psychology, a mental health private practice providing evidence-based therapy groups, workshops, and treatment programs to help college students and young adults find relief from suffering and create lives they truly love.

Dr. Wolfman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dance from Northwestern University. She continued her studies at Northwestern, receiving a Master of Arts in counseling psychology.  She went on to earn her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University’s Derner School of Advanced Psychological Studies, where she focused her award-winning dissertation research on the emotion-regulation of children and adolescents with self-harming behaviors. After 10 years in New York, Dr. Wolfman moved to Boston to complete her postdoctoral fellowship in the 3East Adolescent DBT Program at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she is currently a faculty member. She is a DBT Certified Clinician by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.

With a background in the arts, Dr. Wolfman combines creativity and innovation with a strong grounding in science-based training. She enjoys developing groups and programs designed to bring young people together to learn to manage their emotions, improve their relationships, and increase self-compassion.

Dr. Julianne Tirpak leads our Social Anxiety groups, drawing from her extensive experience in evidence-based therapy as both a therapist and researcher.

About Dr. Tirpak

Dr. Tirpak provides group therapy at Village Psychology. She is passionate about helping teens, college students, and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties gain the skills and confidence to navigate school, work, and relationships. 

Dr. Tirpak is a born and raised Bostonian and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston University. There, she continued her studies and went on to earn her Masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Brown University and is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the 3East Adolescent Residential DBT Program and Pediatric Mood, Imaging, and NeuroDevelopment (PediMIND) Lab at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

She has extensive experience providing CBT and DBT for teens and adults suffering from anxiety and mood disorders, interpersonal challenges, self-harm, and suicidal behaviors across outpatient, partial hospital and residential treatment settings. Dr. Tirpak is actively involved in research, and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters largely focused on developing and improving mental health interventions for anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, and related mental health disorders. She has received numerous fellowships and awards for her research on identifying and treating interpersonal risk factors for teens and adults at risk for suicide. In addition, she maintains a private practice and provides education and consultation for providers on delivering evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders.