WVU Extension Specialist –
Family and Human Development
JANE RIFFE, Ed.D, LICSW, LPC is the Extension Specialist in Family and Human Development at West Virginia University. She brings a background in clinical social work and teaching, having maintained a private counseling practice for 20 years prior to joining WVU Extension.
Dr. Riffe’s research and teaching focus on emotional wellness, specifically mindfulness-based stress management, healthy couple relationships, and co-parenting education for divorcing and separated parents. She co-authored Stress Less with Mindfulness, a five session interactive stress management curriculum currently being offered throughout West Virginia, Michigan, and Washington by Extension faculty. Nationally, the program materials won second place for the 2014 NEAFCS Family Health and Wellness Program Award. An exciting innovation has been the inclusion of this program in a wellness package offered to state employees through PEIA Pathways to Wellness. Working with the WV Supreme Court, Dr. Riffe created WV Parenting Apart, for the Family Court mandated class for divorcing parents. Dr. Riffe holds licenses as a Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Professional Counselor (LPC). In 2013, she was honored by NIFA with the National Early Achievement Award for Family Life and Human Development Specialists. Her passions outside work are ballroom and contra dancing with her sweetie, fitness swimming, and her adult children.
To reach Jane Riffe (rhymes with “life”), email Jane.Riffe@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-8590.