I approach both mental and physical health as continua ranging from very poor to excellent, on which we all reside, and I believe that people should be helped to improve their functioning whatever their current starting point. I recognise the value of diagnostic criteria in both general medicine and in psychiatry (e.g., DSM 5), both as a way of showing how people's symptoms naturally cluster together and for the allocation of scarce resources, although I believe that we should keep a primary focus on overall functioning. I advocate both psychological (talk), pharmaceutical (drug), and social (e.g., family intervention) therapies where appropriate for a given client within their health care setting. The papers below (sampled from the full publication list) are intended to illustrate the specific areas in which I've researched at the interface of clinical/health psychology and psychiatry/medicine, including basic science, epidemiology, intervention, medical ethics, systematic literature reviewing, scale development for assessment, and age specific research, as well as the psychiatric and health conditions on which I've focused, including anxiety, body image dysfunction, depression, physical health, psychosis, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and suicide. I both lead research projects and teach/advise registered and prescribing physicians on the best evidence based practice. I have special experience with the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Professor Alex Wood

Mental Health and Happiness across Psychology, Economics, and Psychiatry/Medicine

Centennial Chair in Psychology at LSE, London School of Economics and Political Science

Example published work in the interface between clinical/health psychology and psychiatry/medicine.

Book: Wood, A. M. & Johnson, J. [Eds.] (in press). Wiley Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology. Chichester, UK: Wiley. Information Link.

Basic Science: Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (2011). Personality prior to disabilitydetermines adaptation: Agreeable individuals recover lost life satisfaction faster and more completely. Psychological Science, 22,1397-1402. Download.

Hudson, J. L., Bundy, C., Coventry, P., Dickens, C., Wood, A. M., & Reeves, D. (in press). What are the combined effects of negative emotions and illness cognitions on self-care in people with type 2 diabetes? A longitudinal structural equation model. Psychology & Health.


Johnson, J., Gooding, P., Wood, A. M., & Tarrier, N. (2011). Trait reappraisal amplifies subjective defeat, sadness and negative affect in response to failure versus success in non-clinical and psychosis populations. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 922-934.

Johnson, J., Gooding, P. A., Wood, A. M., Taylor, P. J., Pratt, D., & Tarrier, N. (2010). Resilience to suicidal ideation in psychosis: Positive self-appraisals buffer the impact of hopelessness. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 883-889.

Kelly, R., Mansell, W., & Wood, A. M., Alatiq, Y., Dodd, A., & Searson, R. (2011). Extreme positive and negative appraisals of activated states interact to discriminate bipolar disorder from unipolar depression and non-clinical controls. Journal of Affective Disorders, 134, 438-444. Download.

Epidemiology: Daly, M., Boyce, C. J., & Wood, A. M. (in press). A social rank explanation of how money influence health. Health Psychology.

Hounkpatin, H. O., Wood, A.M., & Dunn, G. (in press). Does income relate to health due to psychosocial or material factors? Consistent support for the psychosocial hypothesis requires operationalization with income rank not the Yitzhaki Index. Social Science & Medicine.

Wood, A. M., & Joseph S. (2010). The absence of positive psychological (eudemonic) well-being as a risk factor for depression: A ten year cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 122, 213-217.

Intervention: Geraghty, A. W. A., Wood, A. M., & Hyland, M. E. (2010). Attrition from self-directed interventions: Investigating the relationship between psychological predictors, intervention content and dropout from a body dissatisfaction intervention. Social Science & Medicine, 71, 31-37. Download.

Taylor, M. J., Vlaev, I., Maltby, J., Brown, G. D. A., & Wood, A. M. (in press). Improving social norms interventions: Rank-framing increases excessive alcohol drinkers' information-seeking. Health Psychology. Download pre-print version.

Wood, A. M., & Joseph, S. (2010). An agenda for the next decade of psychotherapy research and practice. Psychological Medicine,

40, 1055-1056.

Medical Ethics: Taylor, P. J., Awenat, Y., Gooding, P. A., Johnson, J., Pratt, D., & Wood, A. M., & Tarrier, N. (2010). The subjective experience of participation in schizophrenia research: A practical and ethical issue. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 343-348. 

Review: Johnson, J., Wood, A. M., Gooding, P., & Tarrier, N. (2011). Resilience to suicidality: The buffering hypothesis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 563-591.

Siddaway, A. P., Taylor, P. J., Wood, A. M., & Schulz, J. (in press). A meta-analysis of the role of perceptions of defeat and entrapment in depression, anxiety problems, posttraumatic stress disorder and suicidality. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Taylor, P. J., Gooding, P., Wood, A. M., & Tarrier, N. (2011). The role of defeat and entrapment in depression, anxiety, and suicide. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 391-420. Download.

Wood, A. M., Froh, J. J, & Geraghty, A. W. A. (2010). Gratitude and well-being: A review and theoretical integration. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 890-905.

Wood, A. M., & Tarrier, N. (2010). Positive Clinical Psychology: A new vision and strategy for integrated research and practice. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 819-829.​

Scale Development: Griffiths, A. W., Wood., A. M., Maltby, J., Taylor, P. J., Panagioti, M., & Tai, S. (in press). The development of Short Defeat and Entrapment Scale. Psychological Assessment.

Joseph, S., Maltby, J., Wood, A. M., Stockton, H., Hunt, N., & Regal, S. (2012). The psychological well-beingpost-trauma changes questionnaire (PWB-PTCQ): Reliability and Validity. Psychological Trauma, 4, 420-428.

McAllister, M., Wood. A. M., Dunn, G., Shiloh, S., & Todd, C. (2012). The Perceived Personal Control (PPC) Questionnaire: Reliability and validity in a UK sample. American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part A, 158A, 367-372. 

McAllister, M., Wood, A. M., Dunn, G, Shiloh, S., & Todd, C. (2011). The Genetic Counseling Outcome Scale: A new patient reported outcome measure for clinical genetics services. Clinical Genetics, 79, 413-424. Download.

Age Specific Mental Health IssuesKelly, R., Wood, A. M., & Mansell, W. (2013). Flexible and tenacious goal pursuit lead to improving well-being in an aging population: A ten year cohort study. International Psychogeriatrics, 25, 16-24.

Siddaway, A. P., Wood, A. M., Schulz, J., & Trickey, D. (2015). Evaluation of the CHUMS child bereavement group: A pilot study examining statistical and clinical change. Death Studies, 39, 99-110.

Siddaway, A. P., Wood, A. M., Cartwright-Hatton, S. (2014). Involving parents in cognitive behavioural therapy for child anxiety problems: A case study. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 322-355.

Taylor, P. J., & Wood, A. M. (2013). Discrepancies in parental and self‐appraisals of prosocial characteristics predict emotional problems in adolescentsBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52, 269-284.

For a full list of publications see the publications page