Thought Leader, Patient Engagement

Wendy Wood, PhD

Provost Professor of Psychology and Business
University of Southern California


Dr. Wood is a social psychologist who holds the position of Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. She received her BS from the University of Illinois and PhD from the University of Massachusetts. Her research addresses the ways that habits guide behavior — and why they are so difficult to break. Dr. Wood is Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 8), the American Psychological Society, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and a founding member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. She is currently President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (and Division 8 of the American Psychological Association). She also serves as Senior Editor of the journal Behavioral Science and Policy. In the past, she has been Associate Editor of Psychological Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Personality and Social Psychology Review. She has published over 100 papers, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, and the Templeton Foundation.

Kirchhoff_Volpp_Wood Panel Clip Still: Sharing Behavior Change Strategies Worldwide

Patient Engagement 2016

Sharing Behavior Change Notes Worldwide

The U.S. has pockets of innovation, but they’re not as widespread as in other countries.

Patient Engagement Panel Clip Still: The Saturation of Health Advice

Patient Engagement 2016

The Saturation of Health Information

Americans are bombarded with health advice by the mass media. What effect do these messages have on the attempt to change health behavior?

Wendy Wood Talk Part 2 Still: Creating Environments That Trigger Healthy Habits

Patient Engagement 2016

What’s Advertising Got to Do with It?

Three ways health care systems can get involved in creating environments that trigger healthy habits.

Kevin Volpp Panel Clip Still: "Benefits Couldn't Be More Confusing If We Tried"

Patient Engagement 2016

“Benefits Couldn’t Be More Confusing If We Tried”

Can we expect patients to understand the subtleties of value-based benefits design when it’s hard enough for the experts?

Patient Engagement Panel Clip Still: No Time for Behavior Change Training

Patient Engagement 2016

No Time to Train Patients in Behavior Change?

Clinicians might not have time in their encounters with patients, but they can act as the bridge to those who can.

Wendy Wood, David Kirchhoff, Kevin Volpp Panel Still: How to Help Patients Prioritize Future Health

Patient Engagement 2016

How to Help Patients Prioritize Future Health

It’s about adding friction to unhealthy choices while removing friction from healthy ones.

Kevin Volpp, Wendy Wood, David Kirchhoff Panel Still: Drawing the Line Between Paternalism and Patient-Centered Care

Patient Engagement 2016

Drawing the Line Between Paternalism and Patient-Centered Care

How paternalistic should providers be with patients when trying to improve their health behavior?

Wendy Wood Video Clip Still

Patient Engagement 2016

People Who Live Healthy Lifestyles Don’t Deliberate

There’s a lot more health care leaders can do to help people develop healthy habits.

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