Publications & Resources

Books, book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and more!

Books and Book Chapters

Liu, P., Wood, S., & Hanoch, Y. Financial decision-making in late life: Role of choice, risk, and numeracy. (book chapter invited by T. M. Hess (Ed.))

Wood, S., & Liu, P. (manuscript in preparation). Emerging topics in elder abuse. (book chapter in Elder Abuse and Neglect: Forensic Evaluation and Testimony by Wood, S.)

Wood, S. (2013). Elder Abuse and Neglect: Forensic Evaluation and Testimony. Part of the Forensic Practice in Psychology Series. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. In progress.

Wood, S., & Hanoch, Y. (2012). The impact of numeracy on Medicare part D insurance choice in older adults. In D. J. Lamdin (Ed.), Consumer knowledge and financial decisions: Lifespan perspectives. (pp. 255-267). New York, NY: Springer Science + Business Media.

Wood, S. & Krauss, D.  (2014) Determination of Capacity: Legal and ethical considerations. In C. Noggle & R. Dean (Eds.), Neuropsychology of Cortical Dementias. XX, XX: Springer Publishing Company. in press, publication date 7/14).

Wood, S. & Steele, A. (2012). Integrating Neuropsychology into your defense 101. Capital Defender. March 2012.

Wood, S. & O’Brien, M. (2011). Assessment of decisional capacity. In G. J. Demakis (Ed.) Civil capacities in clinical neuropsychology: Research findings and practical applications. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Moye, J., Marson, D., Edelstein, B., Wood, S., Saldivar, A. (2010). Decision making capacity. In W. K. Schaie & S. L. Willis (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (7th ed.) (pp. xx-xx)Amsterdam: Elsevier/Academic Press.

(2008). Assessment of older adults with diminished capacity: A handbook for psychologists. (Eds: S. Wood & J. Moye). Washington, D.C.: American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging.

Wood, S. (2007). Assessment of decisional capacity from a neuropsychological perspective. In S. H. Qualls, & M. A. Smyer (Eds.), Aging and decision-making capacity: Clinical family, and legal issues (pp. xx-xx). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Wood, S. (2007). The role of neuropsychological assessment in capacity evaluations. In S. H. Qualls, & M. A. Smyer (Eds.), Aging and decision-making capacity: Clinical family, and legal issues (pp. 191-204). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Wood, S., & Tanius, B. E. (2007). Impact of dementia on decision-making abilities. In S. H. Qualls, & M. A. Smyer (Eds.), Aging and decision-making capacity: Clinical family, and legal issues (pp. 91-106). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Peer-reviewed Articles

Liu, Pi-Ju, Wood, S., Hancoh, Y., & Beryy, T. (Under review). Do Older Adults Prefer Fewer Options? Factors Impacting Preferred Numbers of Choice.

Wood, S.  et al. (2014). Neuropsychological predictors of elder fraud.  in press, Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect).

Barnes, A., Hanoch, Y., Martynenko, M., Wood, S., Rice, T., & Federman, A. D. (2013). Thinking about helping your patients choose a Medicare prescription drug plan? Think again: Choice size and the quality of clinicians’ Medicare Part D decisions. PLoS ONE 8: e77096. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077096.

Huang, Y.*, Wood, S., Berger, D., & Hanoch, Y. (2013). Risky choice in younger versus older adults: Affective context matters. Judgment and Decision Making, 8, 179-187.

Rolison, J., Hanoch, Y., Wood, S., & Liu, P. (2013a). The lifespan development of risk taking: A question of age and domain. Journals of Gerontology – Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbt081

Rolison, J., Wood, S., Hanoch, Y., & Liu, P. (2013b). Subjective numeracy scale as a tool for assessing statistical numeracy in older adult populations. Gerontology, 59, 283-288. doi: 10.1159/000345797

Barnes, A. J., Hanoch, Y., Wood, S., Liu, P., & Rice, T. (2012). One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish: Effects of price frames, brand names, and choice set size on Medicare part D insurance plan decisions. Medical Care Research and Review, 69, 460-473. doi:10.1177/1077558711435365

Hanoch, Y., Wood, S., Barnes, A., Liu, P., Rice, Y. (2012). Age, choice, and strategy selection: Searching for the  right Medicare prescription drug plan. Health Psychology.

Rolison, J. J., Hanoch, Y., & Wood, S. (2012). Risky decision making in younger and older adults: The role of learning. Psychology and Aging, 27, 129-140. doi:10.1037/a0024689

Wood, S. & Liu, P. (2012). Undue influence and financial capacity: A clinical perspective. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, 36, 53-58.

Hanoch, Y., Wood, S., Barnes, A., Liu, P., & Rice, T. (2011). Choosing the right Medicare prescription drug plan: The effect of age strategy selection and choice set size. Health Psychology, 30, 719-727. doi: 10.1037/a0023951

Wood, S., Hanoch, Y., Barnes, A., Liu, P., Cummings, J., Bhattacharya, C., & Rice, T. (2011). Numeracy and Medicare part D: The importance of choice and literacy for numbers in optimizing decision making for Medicare’s prescription drug program. Psychology and Aging, 26, 295-307. doi:10.1037/a0022028

Falk, E., Landsverk, E., Mosqueda, L., Olsen, B.J., Schneider, D.C., Bernatz, S., & Wood, S. (2010). Geriatricians and psychologists: Essential ingredients in the evaluation of elder abuse and neglect. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 22, 281-290.

Groscup, J. & Wood, S. (2010). Judicial notebook: Neuropsychology in capital mitigation. APA Monitor, December, 2010.

Hanoch, Y., Rice, T., Cummings, J., & Wood, S. (2009). How much choice is too much? The case of the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Health Services Research, 44, 1157-1168. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2009.00981.x

Tanius, B., Wood, S., Hanoch, Y., & Rice, T. (2009). Aging and choice: Applications to Medicare part D. Journal of Judgment and Decision Making, 4, 92-101.

Hanoch, Y., Wood, S., & Rice, T. (2007). Bounded rationality, emotions and older adult decision making: Not so fast and yet so frugal. Human Development, 50, 333-358.

Kisley, M. A., Wood, S., & Burrows, C. L. *(2007). Looking at the sunny side of life: Age-related change in an event-related potential measure of the negativity bias. Psychological Science, 18, 838-843. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01988.x

Moye, J., Wood, S., Edelstein, B., & Wood. E.(2007).  Clinical evidence is inadequate in guardianship trials: Results of a tri-state Study. The Gerontologist, 47, 604-612.

Moye, J., Wood, E., Edelstein, B., Wood, S., Bower, E. H., Harrison, J. A., & Armesto, J. C. (2007). Statutory reform is associated with improved court practice: Results of a tri-state comparison. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 25, 425-436. doi:10.1002/bsl.762

Hiscock, M., Caroselli, J. S., & Wood, S. (2006). Concurrent counting and typing: Lateralized interference depends on a difference between the hands in motor skill. Cortex42, 38-47.

Moye, J., Milnac, M., Wood, E., Wood, S., & Edelstein, B. (2006) Challenges in guardianship of  older adults:  Results of a tri-state study. Journal of the National College of Probate Judges. 3, 1-3

Wood, S. (2006). Involving undergraduates in aging research at a university in transition: An AREA award. Educational Gerontology, 32, 565-573. doi:10.1080/03601270600723767

Wood, S., & Kisley, M. A. (2006). The negativity bias is eliminated in older adults: Age-related reduction in event-related brain potentials associated with evaluative categorization. Psychology and Aging, 21, 815-820. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.21.4.815

Wood, S., Busemeyer, J., Koling, A., Cox, C. R., & Davis, H. (2005). Older adults as adaptive decision makers: Evidence from the iowa gambling task.Psychology and Aging, 20, 220-225. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.20.2.220

Wood, S., & Kubik, J. *(2005). Presenting the complex client in court: Practical issues related to the assessment of capacity. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 201-206. doi:10.1037/0090-5550.50.3.201

Wood, S., & Stephens, M. (2003). Vulnerability to elder abuse and neglect in assisted living facilities. The Gerontologist, 43, 753-757. doi:10.1093/geront/43.5.753

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., Hiscock, M., & Widrig, M. (2000). Selective attention fails to alter the dichotic listening lag effect: Evidence that the lag effect is preattentional. Brain and Language, 71, 373-390. doi:

Wood, S., Cummings, J. L., Hsu, M., Barclay, T., Wheatley, M. V., Yarema, K. T., & Schnelle, J. F. (2000). The use of the neuropsychiatric inventory in nursing home residents: Characterization and measurement. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 8, 75-83. doi:10.1097/00019442-200002000-00010

Wood, S., Cummings, J. L., Schnelle, B.*, & Stephens, M*. (2002). A videotape-based training method for improving the detection of depression in residents of long-term care facilities. The Gerontologist, 42, 114-121.

Schnelle, J. F., Wood, S., Schnelle, E. R., & Simmons, S. F. (2001). Measurement sensitivity and the minimum data set depression quality indicator. The Gerontologist, 41, 401-405.

Wood, S., Cummings, J., Hsu, M., Barclay, T.*, Wheatley, M.*, Yarema, K.*, & Schnelle, J. (2000). The use of the neuropsychiatric inventory in nursing home residents – characterization and measurement. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 8, 75-83.

Wood, S., Hiscock, M., & Widrig, M. (2000). Selective attention fails to alter the dichotic listening lag effect: Evidence that the lag effect is preattentional. Brain and Language, 71, 373-390. doi:10.1006/brln.1999.2271

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. (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), 1-12.

Castellon, S. A., Hinkin, C. H., Wood, S., & Yarema, K. T.* (1998). Apathy, depression, and cognitive performance in HIV-1 infection. The 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., 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.

Hinkin, C., vanGorp, W., Satz, P., Marcotte, T., Durvasula, R., Wood, S., Campbell, L., & Baluda, M. (1996). Actual versus self-reported cognitive dysfunction in HIV-1 infection: Memory-metamemory dissociations. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 18, 431-443.

Wood, S., Hiscock, M., Pearson, D., Breitmeyer, B., & Foorman, B. (1996). Detection versus localization of asynchronous dichotic stimuli: Further evidence for separate auditory pathways. Brain and Cognition, 32, 302-304.

Pavol, M. A., Rexer, J. L., Mortel, K. F., Wood, S., Herod, B., Meyer, J. S., & Terayama, Y. (1994). Prospective studies of cerebral perfusion and cognitive testing among elderly normal volunteers and patients with ischemic vascular dementia and alzheimer’s disease. Angiology, 45, 171-180.

Rexer, J. L., Mortel, K. F., Meyer, J. S., Pavol, M. A., & Wood, S. (1993). Analysis of familial and individual risk factors among patients with ischemic vascular dementia and alzheimer’s disease. Angiology, 44, 599-605.

Additional Resources

To report elder abuse in your community, contact:

Adult Protective Services (APS) Community and Senior Services
3333 Wilshire Blvd., #400
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(888) 202-4248 24 HR.

Abuse Hotline: (877) 477-3646

For additional information on elder abuse and mistreatment please consult these resources:

  • Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity. Ed. Wood & Moye. ABA / APA. (2007).
  • Handbook series for Lawyers, Judges, & Psychologists. Free PDFs available at APA.
  • We provide a Resources Sheet with detailed contact information for local resources to help individuals report and deal with elder abuse and exploitation.
  • The National Center on Elder Abuse (or NCEA) provides an information packet about protecting yourself from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

For more information about participating in our study, please refer to our Flyer.

Dr. Wood’s blog post about financial exploitation for the NYC Elder Abuse Center is available here

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