Professor Rodger Wood
Professor Emeritus (Medicine)
Medicine
Telephone: (01792) 295778

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.

Publications

  1. & Epidemiology of eating disorders in primary care in children and young people: a Clinical Practice Research Datalink study in England. BMJ Open 9(8), e026691
  2. & Measuring Neurobehavioral Disabilities Among Severe Brain Injury Survivors: Reports of Survivors and Proxies in the Chronic Phase. Frontiers in Neurology 10
  3. & Apathy following traumatic brain injury: a review. Neuropsychologia
  4. Psychosocial adjustment 17 years after severe brain injury.. , 71-73.
  5. & Demographic and cognitive predictors of long-term psychosocial outcome following traumatic brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 12(03)

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Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1979 1984 Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist Kemsley Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton
1984 1986 Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist Kemsley Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton
1986 1988 Clinical Director Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, Casa Colina Hospital, Los Angeles
1988 1991 Visiting Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine State University of New York, Buffalo
1991 2001 Clinical Director Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust
2001 2006 Head of Psychology Department Swansea University
2015 Present Emeritus Prof' of Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuropsychiatry Swansea University
2015 Present Honorary Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist ABM University Health Trust