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Beatrice                       Wood

Beatrice L. Wood PhD, ABPP

Department of Psychiatry

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychology

Specialty/Research Focus

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry

 
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Professional Summary:

I am a clinician-researcher. I teach, supervise and practice family and child psychiatric assessment and intervention in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. My research is in the realm of stress and emotional disorders in children and adolescents. In the division, I chair the Scholarly Project Committee, which oversees the research of the child and adolescent fellows. In the department I chair the Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Tenure. I have a special interest in mentoring residents, fellows and junior faculty.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Clinical/Experimental Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (1981)
  • MA, Clinical/Experimental Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (1976)
  • BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (1969)
Employment:
  • Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo (2008-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo (1997-present)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Rochester (1995-present)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999–2008)
  • Associate Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999–2008)
  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo (1995–1999)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Rochester (1995–1999)
  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania (1993–1996)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Rochester (1993–1995)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania (1985–1993)
  • Lecturer, Human Development, Bryn Mawr College (1988–1992)
  • Clinical Associate, University of Pennsylvania (1986–1988)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Swarthmore College (1984)
  • Trainer, Child Guidance Clinic, University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia (1981–1982)
  • Instructor, University of Pennsylvania (1977–1980)
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Awards and Honors:
  • Outstanding Contributions to Research in Psychiatry - University at Buffalo (2012)
  • Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Systems Theory and Research (2011)
  • Award for Outstanding Achievements in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008)
  • NIMH African American Mental Health Research Scientist (AAMHRS) Mentor (2006)
  • Department of Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Research (2005)
  • UB Presidential Recognition Award for Success as Top 100 Federal Grantee (2005)
  • UB Presidential Recognition Award for Success as Top 100 Federal Grantee (2004)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP, Family Psycholo (2002)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP, Family Psycholo (2002)
  • APA Award for Distinguished Research Contributions to Family Psychology (2000)

Research Expertise:
  • Family relational patterns: My current research focuses on childhood physical and emotional illness as influenced by specifically modeled family relational patterns. To study this question, I have theoretically and empirically analyzed specific patterns of family interaction into measurable component dimensions and demonstrated their reliability, validity and clinical relevance to pediatric stress-related illness. A confluent area of research is the investigation of psychophysiological mechanisms and pathways by which psychosocial factors and family patterns may impact on childhood illness. Gender, ethnic and SES factors are being explored to address socio-cultural influences on pediatric stress-related illness. My long term goal is to develop an empirically substantiated heuristic model of pathways by which socio-cultural, family, and individual emotional factors interact to influence psychophysiologic aspects of childhood physical and emotional illness. This model will inform translational research and intervention studies.
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2002–June 2010
    Depression and Child Asthma: Effects of Family Relations
    NIH
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $3,761,650
  • January 2000–June 2005
    Effect of Depressive Emotions on Airways in Asthma
    NIH
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $1,438,029
  • January 1996–January 2001
    Psychophysiologic and Family Factors in Childhood Asthma
    NIMH
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $698,000
  • January 1995–January 1996
    Treatable Individual & Family Factors Associated with Psychosocial Outcome after Epilepsy Surgery
    Epilepsy Foundation of America
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • January 1984–January 1986
    A Child's Adaptation to Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Role of Family and Severity of Disease
    National Foundation of Ileitis and Colitis
    Role: Principal Investigator

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:
Journal Articles:
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Books and Book Chapters:

Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008)
  • American Psychological Society (1995)
  • American Psychosomatic Society (1992)
  • International Family Therapy Association (1990)
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (1989)
  • American Family Therapy Academy (Research Committee) (1989)
  • American Psychological Association; VP for Science, Division 43, 2011-2014 (1981)
Presentations:
  • "The Biobehavioral Family Model (BBFM): Application to Pediatric Stress-Related Illness" 57th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Presentation in Institute: “Update on Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine: Exploring the Interface Between Mental Health and Physical Illness in Children and Adolescents” (2010)
  • "A Biobehavioral Family Model (BBFM) of Stress" 32th Annual Meeting, The American Family Therapy Academy (2010)
  • "A Biobehavioral Model of psychosomatic illness:conceptualization and application across the life span" 20th World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine (2009)
  • "Strengthening Adolescents, Young Adults, and their Families: Discoveries and Conundrums" 28th Annual Meeting, The American Family Therapy Academy (2006)
  • "Pediatric stress-related seizures: Family Contextual Intervention" Symposium, University at Buffalo, Department of Neurology (2005)
  • "The Effects of Relational Process on Psychiatric Disorder: Family Matters" Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo, Department of Psychiatry (2004)
  • "A Biobehavioral Family Approach to The Treatment of Somatic Disorders in Children and Adolescents" Master Practitioner Series, St. John’s University, Child, Family And Marital Therapy (2002)
  • "A Biobehavioral Family Model Of Psyche And Soma" Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo, Department of Psychiatry (1998)
  • "The Impact Of Stressful Family Relations On Pediatric Illness" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Department of Pediatrics (1997)
Service Activities:
  • Academic Affairs Committee; Department of Psychiatry; Committee Member (2006)
  • Faculty Senate; Faculty Senate: Research and Creative Activity Committee; Committee Member (2001–2002)
  • ad hoc Committee on Promotions to Clinical Ranks; ad hoc Committee on Promotions to Clinical Ranks; Committee Member (2000–2007)
  • Children and Youth Institutional Review Board; Children and Youth Institutional Review Board, Women and Children’s Hospital, SUNY at Buffalo; Member (1999–2006)
  • Executive Committee, Department of Psychiatry; Provide consultation to chair regarding academic and administrative matters relevant to the department.; Committee Member (1999)
  • Committee for Appointments, Promotions, Tenure and Privileges; Department of Psychiatry, Chair, August 2006 to present (1998)
  • IFR Research Advisory Committee; IFR Research Advisory Committee, Department of Psychiatry; Committee Member (1998)
  • Continuing Medical Education; Continuing Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry; Committee Member (1996)
  • Curriculum Committee; Curriculum, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Committee Member (1996)
  • Research Committee; Research, Division Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Chair (1996)

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Contact Information

Women & Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant St
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: 716 878-7645
Fax: 716 888-3935
Email: bwood@buffalo.edu


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