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Frank Wood, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurology and Section Head, Neuropsychology

B.A. -- Wake Forest University, 1964
Master of Divinity with Languages -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1968
M.A. -- Wake Forest University, 1971, Psychology
Ph.D. – Duke University, 1974

Dr. Wood is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Brain Injury Provider for the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. Professionally, he is interested in methodology of functional brain mapping, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, memory, and other fields. Since 1986, he has been the principal investigator of an NICHD program project involving neurogenetics, functional brain imaging, behavioral outcomes, and intervention techniques in dyslexia and related disorders. Since 2002, he has been the principal investigator of a multi-site project on the epidemiology and treatment of young adult literacy problems. He also frequently testifies in civil and criminal cases involving brain injury or dysfunction. Currently, he is a Professor of Neurology, Section Head of Neuropsychology, and associate in Radiology, at Wake Forest University Health Sciences. He has been an ordained Baptist minister since 1965.

Recent Publications:

  1. Eden G.F., Stein J.F., Wood H.M., Wood F.B. (1995). Verbal and visual problems in reading disabled and normal children. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 28(5).
  2. Eden G.F., Stein J.F., Wood H.M., Wood F.B. (1995). Temporal and spatial processing in reading disabled and normal children. Cortex, 31(3), 451-468.
  3. Naylor C.E., Wood F.B., Harter M.R. (1995). Event related potentials in adults diagnosed as reading disabled in childhood. International Journal of Neuroscience, 80;339-352.
  4. Wood F.B., Garrett A.S., Hart L.A., Flowers D.L., Absher, J.R. (1996). Event related potential correlates of glucose metabolism in normal adults during a cognitive activation task. In R.W. Thatcher, G.R. Lyon, J. Rumsey, N .Krasnegor (eds.), Developmental Neuroimaging; Mapping the Development of Brain and Behavior, Academic Press; New York, NY, pp. 197-206.
  5. Grigorenko E.L., Wood F.B., Meyer M.S., Hart L.A., Speed W.C., Shuster A., Pauls D.L. (1997). Susceptibility loci for distinct components of developmental dyslexia on chromosomes 6 and 15. American Journal of Human Genetics, January.
  6. Meyer M.S., Wood F.B., Hart L.A., Felton R.H. (1998). Selective predictive value of rapid automatized naming within poor readers. Journal of Learning Disabilities. J Learning Disabilities, 31(2), 106-117.
  7. Meyer M.S., Wood F.B., Hart L.A., Felton R.H. (1998). Longitudinal Course of Rapid naming in disabled and nondisabled readers. Annals of Dyslexia, 48, 91-114.
  8. Fahey F.H., Wood F.B., Flowers D.L., Eades C.G., Gage H.D., Harkness B.A. (1998). Evaluation of brain activation in FDG PET studies. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, 22(6), 953-961.
  9. Wood F.B., Flowers D.L. (1999). Functional neuroanatomy in dyslexic subtypes. In D.D. Duane (ed.), Reading and attention disorders: Neurobiological correlates. York Press: Baltimore, Maryland, pp. 129-159.
  10. Garrett A.S., Flowers D.L., Absher J.R., Fahey F.H., Gage H.D., Keyes J.W., Porrino L.J., Wood F.B. (2000). Cortical activity related to accuracy of letter recognition. NeuroImage, 11, 111-123.
  11. Wood F.B., Flowers D.L. (2000). Dyslexia: Conceptual issues and psychiatric comorbidity. In M. Ernst & J. Rumsey (eds.), Functional Neuroimaging in Child Psychiatry. Cambridge University Press; Cambridge.
  12. Absher J.R., Hart L.A., Flowers D.L., Dagenbach D., Wood F.B. (2000). Event related potentials correlate with task-dependent glucose metabolism. NeuroImage.
  13. Grigorenko EL, Wood FB, Meyer MS & Pauls DL. (2000). The chromosome 6p influences on different dyslexia-related cognitive processes: Further confirmation. Amer J Hum Genet. 66:715-723.
  14. Wood F.B., Flowers D.L., Grigorenko E. (2001). The functional neuroanatomy of fluency or why walking is just as importanto reading as talking is. In M. Wolf (ed.), Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain. York Press; Baltimore, MD
  15. Grigorenko EL, Wood FB, Meyer MS, Pauls JED, Hart LA, & Pauls DL. (2001). Linkage studies suggest a possible locus for developmental dyslexia near the Rh region on chromosome 1. American Journal of Medical Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics).105(1):120-129.
  16. Flowers L, Meyer M, Lovato J, Felton R, & Wood F. (2001). Does third grade discrepancy status predict the course of reading development? Annals of Dyslexia. 50:1-23.
  17. Wood F & Grigorenko E. (2001). Emerging issues in the genetics of dyslexia: a methodological preview. J of Learning Disabilities, Journal of Learning Disabilities. 34(6):503-511.
  18. Flowers D.L., Jones K., Noble K., VanMeter J.W., Zeffiro T.A., Wood F.B., Eden G.F. (2004). Attention to single letters activates left extrastriate cortex. NeuroImage, 21(3), 829-839.
  19. Eden GF, Jones KM, Cappell K, Gareau L, Wood FB, Zeffiro TA, Dietz NA, Agnew JA, and Flowers DL (2004). Neural changes following remediation in adult developmental dyslexia. Neuron 44: 411-422.
  20. Arnold E. M., Goldston D. B., Walsh A. K., Reboussin B. A., Daniel S. S., Hickman E., Wood F. B., 2005. Severity of emotional and behavioral problems among poor and typical readers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33(2), 205-217.
  21. Hairston W. D., Burdette J. H., Flowers D. L., Wood F. B., Wallace M. T., 2005. Altered temporal profile of visual-auditory multisensory interactions in dyslexia. Experimental Brain Research, 166(3-4), 474-480.
  22. Wood F.B., Hill D.F., Meyer M.S., Hill D.F. and Flowers D.L. (2005). Predictive Assessment of Reading. Annals of Dyslexia, 55(2),193-216.
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