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Wendy Wood

Provost Professor of Psychology and Business

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5504
Office: SGM 805

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Biographical Sketch



Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1980
B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, 1975

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, University of Southern California, 08/15/2009-  
James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, 2004-2009  

Other Employment

Helen Putnam Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2007-2008   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My research addresses questions of how habits form and change, how people are influenced by social groups, and what are the bases for gender differences in social behavior.

Funded Research

Gifts and Endowments

Establishing habits for new products, (Procter & Gamble), $125,000, 2010-2011   

Other Funded Research

National Science Foundation, SEP Program, Creating an Energy Literate Society of Humans, Buildings, And Agents for Sustainable Energy Management, $1,550,000, 09/01/2012-08/31/2015  


Book Chapter

Wood, W., Eagly, A. H. (2010). Gender. 5 Handbook of Social PsychologyWiley.

Journal Article

Neal, D., Wood, W., Drolet, A. (2013). Habits can aid goal adherence: Profits and pitfalls of strong habits under self-control depletion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (104), pp. 959-975.
Eagly, A. H., Wood, W. (2013). The nature-nurture debates: 25 Years of challenges in understanding the psychology of gender. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Vol. 8, pp. 340-357.
Neal, D., Wood, W., Labrecque, J., Lally, P. (2012). How do habits guide behavior? Perceived and actual triggers of habits in daily life. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. (48), pp. 492-498.
Wood, W., Eagly, A. (2012). Biosocial construction of sex differences and similarities in behavior. Advances in experimental social psychology. Vol. 46, pp. 55-124.
Neal, D., Wood, W., Wu, M., Kurlander, D. (2011). The pull of the past: When do habits persist despite conflict with motives?. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Vol. 37 (1428-1437)
Wood, W., Ridgeway, C. (2010). Gender: An interdisciplinary perspective. Social Psychology Quarterly. Vol. 73, pp. 334-339.
Aldrich, J., Montgomery, J., Wood, W. (2010). Turnout as a habit. Political Behavior.
Leander, N. P., Chartrand, T., Wood, W. (2010). Mind your mannerisms: Eliciting stereotype conformity through behavioral mimicry. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Quinn, J. M., Pascoe, A. M., Neal, D. T., Wood, W. (2010). Can't Help Yourself? Monitor Those Bad Habits. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin/Sage. Vol. 36, pp. 499-511.
Hall, D., Matz, D., Wood, W. (2010). Why don't we practice what we preach? A meta-analytic review of religious racism. Personality and Social Psychology Review/Sage. Vol. 14, pp. 126-139.
Rothman, A. J., Sheeran, P., Wood, W. (2009). Reflective and automatic processes in the initiation and maintenance of food choices. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Vol. 38, pp. S4-S17.
Wood, W., Neal, D. T. (2009). The Habitual Consumer. Journal of Consumer Psychology/Elsevier. (19), pp. 579-592.

Honors and Awards

Best Paper of the Year in Journal of Consumer Psychology, 2011-2012   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Vice Dean for Social Sciences, 08/16/2012-10/31/2015  

Service to the Profession

Administrative Appointments

President, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2016-2017   
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