I am an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto. I attended UC Berkeley on a Regents’ Scholarship, completing my BA in Classical Languages, with a minor in Music. I also spent my junior year abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I completed my PhD on the effects of stimulants on learning and memory at UC San Diego, supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as an NIH NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellows. I then completed four years of postdoctoral training at Columbia University, supported by an NIH T32 Research Training Grant.

I teach undergraduate courses in the Brain and Behaviour area of the department. I am also pursuing several lines of inquiry related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Currently, I am blending my interests in pharmacology, learning, and pedagogy by investigating the use of stimulants by university students for the purpose of cognitive enhancement.

As my own career path was somewhat circuitous, with employment ranging from programming at a start-up to street outreach at a homeless shelter for teenagers, I am interested in helping undergraduates begin to explore their own career paths. I strive to help them frame the skills they learn at U of T in the context of a range of career options. In this vein, I have incorporated the Explore It program in one of my classes, and I also help out with the Psychology department Backpack to Briefcase events.

Dr. Wood’s CV

CNLM Brick

By far my coolest award to date – for second place in the data blitz competition at the Spring Meeting, my name is on a brick in the courtyard of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory at UC Irvine.