After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 1977, Professor Wood then trained in neurosciences at Downing College, Cambridge and the Department of Neuroscience, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He then went to the Department of Neuropsychology at the Institute of Neurology, London and finally specialised in neuropsychology. He completed his PhD thesis on Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation at the University of Leicester, in 1985. Later he obtained a Doctor of Science degree from Swansea University in 2013 for his work on Alexithymia after Traumatic Brain Injury and Problems Diagnosing Neurobehavioral Disability. He was elected as Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1991. In 2012 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Welsh Government for his work in brain injury rehabilitation. In 2014 he was awarded the Rosenthal Memorial Award by Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, for his clinical and research work in traumatic brain injury. In 2016 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society.
Currently, his main clinical work is as Consultant at The Neuropsychology Clinic, Institute of Life Sciences, the College of Medicine, Swansea University, focusing on the medico-legal assessment of people who have suffered brain injury as a result of trauma or medical negligence secondary to head and whiplash injuries, cerebral hypoxia, toxic inhalation, and cerebral haemorrhage.. He continues to publish research and review articles in a variety of neuropsychology and neurology journals.
He has published over 160 research articles and clinical case studies in refereed journals, relating to acquired brain injury and rehabilitation; plus various book chapters, seven edited volumes and one single author book. He is on the Editorial Board of Brain Injury, the official Journal of the International Brain Injury Association, and reviews research and clinical articles for a range of medical and neuroscience journals. He has been a reviewer for grant applications to the Medical Research Council, the Welcome Foundation, and the ESRC Research Council.
When not working he enjoys gardening, good wine, and the company of his family, especially his grandchildren.