Champaign, IL 61820
Dr. Erin Wood is a developmental psychologist researching the role of social-environmental stressors on health and development. Dr. Wood is a member of the Family Studies Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Rudolph. Dr. Wood's research largely examines the role that family structure and peer relationships play on emotional, social, and biological development. Current projects at the University of Illinois are examining the role that emotions and responses to stress play on youth behavioral development.
Dr. Wood received her doctorate in Experimental Psychology with concentrations in development and comparative neurobiology from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in May 2021. During her time at OSU she was a member of the Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary ANalysis (OCEAN) where she conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven and Dr. Michael Criss. She joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2021 as NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow to specialize in adolescent substance use. Dr. Wood joined the Department of Psychology as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2022.
- Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2021
- M.S., Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2019
- B.S., Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2016
Awards and Honors
- Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award Finalist, Research Society on Alcholism, 2022
- NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2021-2022
- Three Minute Thesis People's Choice Award, Oklahoma State University, 2019
- Women's Faculty Research Award, Oklahoma State University, 2019
- Women for OSU Philanthropy Scholarship, Oklahoma State University, 2018-2019
- Preparing Future Faculty in Psychology Fellowship, Oklahoma State University, 2016-2019
- Lew Wentz Research Grant, Oklahoma State University, 2016
- PSYC 216 - Child Development
Wood, E.E., Criss, M.M., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2021). The role of fathers on HPA-axis development and activity across the lifespan: A brief review. Journal of Neurobiology and Physiology. 3(2), 32-35. https://doi.org/10.46439/neurobiology.3.017
Wood, E.E., Criss, M.M., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2021). Chronic adversity and experiences with racism as predictors of nervous system response: Diverging patterns of cortisol and alpha amylase. https://doi.org10.1080/10253890.2021.1955852
Criss, M.M., Cui, L., Wood, E.E., & Morris, A.S. (2021). Association between emotion dysregulation and adolescent adjustment difficulties: The protective benefits of parent and peer relationships. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-01972-w
Wood, E.E., Garza, R., Kennison, S.M., & Byrd-Craven, J. (2021). Parenting, cortisol, and risky behaviors in emerging adulthood: Diverging patterns for males and females. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-021-00164-6
Wood, E.E., Kennison, S.M., & Jackson, G. (2019). The role of parenting style of single parents in young children’s risk-taking. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-019-00178-0
Wood, E.E., & Kennison, S.M. (2017). Young children’s risk-taking: Mothers’ authoritarian parenting predicts girls’ but not boys’ risk-taking. Child Development Research. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/3719358
Kennison, S.M., Wood, E.E., Byrd-Craven, J., & Downing, M. (2016). Financial and ethical risk-taking by young adults: A role for family dynamics during childhood. Cogent Economics & Finance, 4, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322039.2016.1232225.