Wendy Wood

Provost Professor of Psychology and Business
Director of Social Behavior Laboratory

Contact Information
E-mail: wendy.wood@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-5504
Office: SGM 805

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Biographical Sketch


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

  • 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   

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2203