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.
The U.S. has pockets of innovation, but they’re not as widespread as in other countries.
Americans are bombarded with health advice by the mass media. What effect do these messages have on the attempt to change health behavior?
Talk by Wendy Wood
Three ways health care systems can get involved in creating environments that trigger healthy habits.
Can we expect patients to understand the subtleties of value-based benefits design when it’s hard enough for the experts?
Clinicians might not have time in their encounters with patients, but they can act as the bridge to those who can.
It’s about adding friction to unhealthy choices while removing friction from healthy ones.
How paternalistic should providers be with patients when trying to improve their health behavior?
Talk by Wendy Wood
There’s a lot more health care leaders can do to help people develop healthy habits.