Judith R.L.M. Wolf

Judith R.L.M. Wolf

Professional Title: Professor for Social Care
Institution: Impuls – Netherlands Center for Social Care Research, Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud university medical center
Position: WHEN Member

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Judith Wolf is Professor of Social Care and head of Impuls, the Netherlands Center for Social Care Research, at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. She is also director of the Academic Collaborative Center Impuls: Participation and Social Care.

She has more than 30 years of experience in conducting both academic and applied research on socially vulnerable people (including homeless people and abused women) as well as on the social and health care services needed by these groups. She developed a strengths-based intervention – Strengths work – to support the recovery of socially excluded people, which has been implemented in more than 70 social and health care organisations in the Netherlands. She developed a social exclusion risk assessment instrument called Taxatie Sociale Uitsluiting (Tax-Su).

Specific research interests: recovery and self-regulation of disadvantaged citizens; quality of care, effectiveness of strengths-based social interventions; routine outcome monitoring of social care.

Recent Research Projects

Judith Wolf was/is the principal investigator in several large-scale multi-site research projects: a homeless cohort study in the four largest cities in the Netherlands (2010-2015), two randomised controlled trials on the effects of critical time intervention (CTI) and a strengths-based approach in women’s shelters and low-threshold facilities for the homeless (2010-2014), a study in five Dutch cities on predictors of tenant evictions for rent arrears and profiles of households at high risk of eviction (2010-2014); Routine outcome monitoring of interventions in social care organizations (2016-2019).

Recent Publications

Altena, A.M., Krabbenborg, M.A.M., Boersma, S.N., Beijersbergen, M.D., Berg, Y.H.M. van den, Vollebergh, W.A.M. & Wolf, J.R.L.M. (2017). The working alliance between homeless young adults and workers: a dyadic approach. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 368-374. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.01.015

Coumans, A.M., Cruyff, P., Heijden, P.G.M. van, Wolf, J. & Schmeets, H. (2017). Estimating homelessness in the Netherlands using a capture-recapture approach. Social Indicators Research. 130(1), 189-212.

http://dx.doi 10.1007/s11205-015-1171-7

Laan, J. van der, Straaten, B. van, Boersma, S.N., Rodenburg, G., Mheen, D. van de & Wolf, J.R.L.M. (2017).Predicting homeless people’s perceived health after entering the social relief system in The Netherlands. Int. J. Public Health.

2017 Aug 18.

Doi: 10.1007/s00038-017-1026-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Laan, J. van der, Boersma, S.N., Straaten, B. van, Rodenburg, G., Mheen, D. van de & Wolf, J.R.

(2017). Personal goals and factors related to QoL in Dutch homeless people: what is the role of goal-related self-efficacy? Health & Social Care in the Community, 25(3),1265-1275


Straaten, B. van, Laan, J. van der, Rodenburg, G., Boersma, S.N., Wolf, J.R.L.M. & Mheen, D. van der (2017). Dutch homeless people 2.5 years after shelter admission: what are predictors of housing stability and housing satisfaction? Health and Social Care in the Community 25(2), 710-722

Advanced online publication doi: 10.1111/hsc.12361.

Straaten, B. van, Rodenburg, G., Laan, J. van der, Boersma, S.N, Wolf, J.R.L.M. & Mheen, D. van der (2017). Self-reported care needs of Dutch homeless people with and without a suspected intellectual disability: a 1.5-year follow-up study. Health & Social Care In the Community, 25(1),123-136.

Advance online publication. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hsc.12287/abstract. First published 30 July 2015.

Vet, R. de, Beijersbergen, M.D., Jonker, I.E., Lako, D.A.M., Hemert, A.M. van, Herman, D.B., & Wolf, J.R.L.M. (2017). Critical time intervention for homeless people making the transition to community living: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Community Psychology, Sept;60 (1-2), 175-186.


Vet, R. de,* Lako, D.A.M.,* Beijersbergen, M.D., Dries, L. van den, Conover, S., Hemert, A.M. van, Herman, D.B. & Wolf, J.R.L.M. (2017). Critical time intervention for people leaving shelters in the Netherlands: Assessing fidelity and exploring facilitators and barriers. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 44(1), 67-80.

doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0699-9

*contributed equally to the study

Vet, R. de, Beijersbergen, M.D., Jonker, I.E., Lako, D.A.M., Hemert, A.M. van, Herman, D.B. & Wolf, J.R.L.M. (2017). Critical Time Intervention for Homeless People Making the Transition to Community Living: A Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60, 175-186.

doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12150

Krabbenborg, M.A.M., Boersma, S.N., Veld, W. van der, Hulst, B. van, Vollebergh, W.A.M., & Wolf, J.R.L.M. (2016). A cluster randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of Houvast: a strengths based intervention for homeless young adults. Research on social work practice. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/1049731515622263

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