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Steven Paul Woods

Steven Woods

Director, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Daily Life Laboratory
Director of Clinical Neuropsychology
Psy.D., Virginia Consortium (College of William & Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University)

126 Heyne Building, Suite 204

Dr. Woods will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Application deadline is Dec 1, 2017. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details.


Professor Woods received his B.S. in psychology from Portland State University in 1994 and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from the Virginia Consortium (College of William & Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University) in 2000. He completed his clinical internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (West Haven) and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. His first academic appointment was in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he rose to the rank of Professor. In 2014, Professor Woods moved his laboratory to the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston.

Professor Woods' program of research uses cognitive theory to enhance the clinical detection, prediction, and remediation of real-world health outcomes in various neuropsychological populations, including HIV disease, addictions, movement disorders, and aging. In particular, he is interested in how people’s ability to “remember to remember” (i.e., prospective memory) affects health-related behaviors such as adhering to medications. His current research projects are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Professor Woods also has active teaching and research collaborations on these topics with colleagues at UCSD and the University of Western Australia, where he maintains adjunct professorships.

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Health-related Everyday Functioning (e.g., medication adherence)
  • HIV Disease, Addictions, Aging, and Movement Disorders
  • Prospective Memory

Selected Publications

(*predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty co-authors mentored by Professor Woods)

Woods, S.P., *Iudicello, J.E., Moran, L.M., *Carey, C.L., Dawson, M.S., Grant, I., & The HNRC Group. (2008). HIV-associated prospective memory impairment increases risk of dependence in everyday functioning. Neuropsychology, 22, 110-117.

Woods, S.P., *Hoebel, C., *Pirogovsky, E., Rooney, A., Cameron, M.V., Grant, I., Gilbert, P.E., & The HNRP Group. (2013). Visuospatial temporal order memory deficits in older adults with HIV infection. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 26, 171-180.    

Woods, S.P., *Doyle, K., Morgan, E.E., Naar-King, S., Outlaw, A.Y., Nichols, S.L., & Loft, S. (2014). Task importance affects event-based prospective memory performance in adults with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and HIV-infected young adults with problematic substance use. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 652–662.

Woods, S.P., Weinborn, M., *Li, Y.R., Hodgson, E., *Ng, A.R.J., & Bucks, R.S. (2015). Does prospective memory influence quality of life in community-dwelling older adults? Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition, 22, 679-692.   

Woods, S.P., Iudicello, J.E., Morgan, E.E., Verduzco, M., Smith, T.V., Cushman, C., & The HNRP Group. (2017). Household everyday functioning in the Internet age: Online banking and shopping skills are affected in HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorders. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 605-615.