Dr. Stacey Wood, Ph.D.

Dr. Stacey Wood, Ph.D.
Dr. Stacey Wood, Ph.D.
Steele Hall, Suite 2
241 E 11th Street
Claremont, CA 91711
Forensic neuropsychologist offering litigation support and expert testimony on decisional capacity matters in the courtroom.
Dr. Wood is a professor of psychology at Scripps College in Claremont, California, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her work as an academic and researcher includes numerous peer-reviewed articles, book contributions, and guidance of the Neuropsychology of Decision-Making Laboratory.
Services Offered: 
Psychologists are well-positioned to bring the critical skills of standardized assessment and comprehensive report writing to questions of diminished capacity. Dr. Wood has extensive experience in conducting these comprehensive and complex assessments as well as presenting her findings in court.

Dr. Wood has worked on well over 200 APS and fraud cases in her work as a consultant in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino Counties. In this role she has attended team meetings, assisted investigations, conducted in-field assessments, and testified in court primarily in cases related to elder financial abuse and undue influence. In addition, She has received funding from the National Institute of Justice for her work on financial exploitation of older adults.

As a forensic neurology consultant for Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino Counties, Dr. Wood has provided expert analysis on a considerable number of cases. Not only does sge have the courtroom experience necessary to be a strong expert witness, she is a leading researcher in the field of financial elder abuse. She served as the lead editor and major contributor on “Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Lawyers,” published by the APA/ABA.

Dr. Wood is an expert in the study of decisional capacity and assessing mental capacity in a legal setting, and is an undue influence expert in California. She has worked on well over 200 APS and fraud cases in her work as a consultant in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino Counties. It’s a credit to her reputation in the field of testamentary capacity that she served as Lead Editor and major contributor for “Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Lawyers,” by the APA/ABA.

Dr. Wood is a leading researcher, expert witness, and scholar in the areas of forensic neuropsychology, decisional capacity, and mental capacity. She has consulted on competency issues for legal teams in California and across the country including death penalty cases and cases involving criminal charges against older defendants. A comfortable and clear communicator in court, Dr. Wood provides value beyond tremendous credibility as a true member of your team with the ability to assist in the whole process.

Dr. Wood has worked on well over 200 APS and fraud cases in her work as a consultant in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino Counties. Additionally, she actively publishes research in the areas of financial elder abuse and fraud. Her experience in the field can be especially valuable as she is capable of helping you assemble an undue influence case in court.
Middlebury College, B.A. in Biology-Psychology, 1989
University of Houston, M.A. in Psychology/Neuropsychology, 1993
University of Houston, Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology, 1995
University of California at Los Angeles, NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1997
Clinical Psychologist, License No. 16805, CA, 1995
Clinical Psychologist, License No. 2557, CO, 2001
Professional Affiliations: 
National Institutes of Health
Articles / Publications: 
Mortel, K.F., Wood, S., Pavol, M. A., Meyer, J. S., & Rexer, J. (1993). Analysis of familial and individual risk factors among patients with ischemic vascular dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Angiology, 43, 599-605.
Mortel, K. F., Pavol, M. A., Wood, S., Meyer, J. S., Teryama, Y., & Rexer, J. L., Herod, B. (1994). Prospective studies of cerebral perfusion and cognitive testing among elderly normal volunteers and patients with ischemic vascular dementia and Alzheimer'
Wood, S., Hiscock, M., Pearson, D., Breitmeyer, B., & Foorman, B. (1996). Localization versus detection: Evidence for separate auditory pathways from a dichotic listening experiment. Brain and Cognition, 32, 302-304.
Hinkin, C. H., van Gorp, Wilfred, Satz, P., Marcotte, T., Durvasula, R. S., Wood, S., Campbell, L., & Baluda, M. R. (1996). Actual versus self-reported cognitive dysfunction in HIV-1 infection: Memory-metamemory dissociations. Journal of Clinical and Expe
Wood, S., Mortel, K. F., Hiscock, M., Breitmeyer, B., & Caroselli, J. S. (1997). The perception and utilization of color in Alzheimer's Disease. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 12, 483-489.
Castellion, S., Hinkin, C., Wood, S., & Yarema, K. *(1998). Apathy, depression, and cognitive performance in HIV-1 infection. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 10, 320-329.
Wood, S., Hinkin, C., Castellion, S., & Yarema, K.* (1998). Working memory deficits in HIV-1 infection. Brain and Cognition, 37, 163-166.
Wood, S., & Cummings, J. L. (1999). Optimizing outcomes in Alzheimer’s Research: Current evidence for the effectiveness of interventions and future prospects. Disease Management and Health Outcomes, January, 5, 1-12.
Wood, S., Cummings, J. L., Barclay, T.* Hsu. M. A., Allahyar, M.*, & Schnelle, J. F. (1999). Assessing the impact of Neuropsychiatric symptoms on distress in professional caregivers. Aging and Mental Health, 3, 241-245.
Wood, S., Cummings, J. L., Hsu, M. A., Barclay, T.*, Wheatley, M. V.*, Yarema, K.*, & Schnelle, J. F. (2000). The use of the neuropsychiatric inventory in nursing home residents: Characterization and measurement. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,
Wood, S., & Hiscock, M. (2000). Selective listening fails to alter the dichotic listening lag effect: Evidence that the lag effect is preattentional. Brain and Language, 71, 373-390.
Schnelle, J. F., Wood, S., Schnelle, B.*, & Simmons, S. (2001) Measurement sensitivity and the MDS depression quality indicator. Gerontologist, 41, 401-405.
Wood, S., Cummings, J. F., Schnelle, B, * & Stephens, M.* (2002). The use of Videotaped Vignettes to improve the detection of depression in nursing facilities. Gerontologist, 42,1-8.
Wood, S., Cummings, J., & Stephens, M.* (2002). The use of videotaped training to improve the detection of Neuropsychiatric symptoms in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Disease Quarterly, 3, 1-6.
Wood, S, & Stephens, M.* (2003). Vulnerability to elder abuse and neglect in assisted living facilities. Gerontologist, 43, 753-7.
Wood, S., Busemeyer, J., Koling, A.*, Cox, K*., & Davis, H. (2005). Older adults as adaptive decision-makers: Evidence from the Gambling Task. Psychology and Aging, 20, 220 - 225.
Wood, S. (2006). Involving undergraduates in research: implementation of an AREA award for the study of aging and decision-making. Invited paper for special issue of Educational Gerontology, 32, 565 - 574.
Hiscock, M., Caroselli, J. S., & Wood, S. (2006). Concurrent counting and keyboarding: Lateralized interference depends on a difference between the hands in motor skills. Cortex, 1, 38-47.
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Expert Witness and Litigation Support Expertise

Abuse and Neglect, Elderly Housing, Foster Care, Hospice Care, Medical Care, Testamentary Capacity
Psychology and Mental Health
Criminal Responsibility, Developmental Disability, False Confessions, Forensic Psychology, Life Care Planning, Medical Deception, Memory and Perception, Mental Competency, Mental Health Evaluation, Neuropsychology, Psychological Injury

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