John Woodard - Professor

Research Interests

My research interests are mainly in the following areas: Neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of memory in aging and dementia; Cognitive and health-related risk factors for late life anxiety; Detection and tracking of sport related concussion; Statistical and methodological issues in neuropsychological test construction and assessment.


Undergraduate Courses:

  • PSY 5050 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 2300 - Psychology of Everyday Living

Graduate Courses:

  • PSY 7150 - Psychological Statistics I
  • PSY 7230 - Assessment Practicum
  • PSY 7330 - Clinical Neuropsychology

Recent Selected Publications

Rao, S.M., Bonner-Jackson, A., Nielson, K.A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J.C., Woodard, J.L., & Durgerian, S. (2015). Genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease alters the five-year trajectory of semantic memory activation in cognitively intact elders. Neuroimage, 111, 136-146.

Rahman-Filipiak, A.A.M., Woodard, J.L., Miller, L.S., Martin, P., Davey, A., & Poon, L.W. (in press).  Octogenarian and centenarian performance on the Fuld Object Memory Evaluation.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

Sugarman, M.A., Woodard, J.L., Nielson, K.A., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Norman, A.L., Hantke, N.C., & Rao, S.M. (2014).  Performance variability during a multitrial list-learning task as a predictor of future cognitive decline in healthy elders. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36, 236-243.

Smith JC, Nielson KA, Woodard JL, Seidenberg M, Durgerian S, Hazlett KE, Figueroa CM, Kandah CC, Kay CD, Matthews MA, & Rao SM. (2014). Physical activity reduces hippocampal atrophy in elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6:61, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00061. eCollection 2014.

Iraji, A., Benson, R.R., Welch, R.D., O’Neil, B.J., Woodard, J.L., Ayaz, S.I., Kulek, A., Mika, V., Medado, P., Soltanian-Zadeh, H., Liu, T, Haacke, E.M., Kou, Z. (2014). Resting state functional connectivity in mild traumatic brain injury at the acute state:  Independent component and seed based analyses. Journal of Neurotrauma. [Epub ahead of print].

Calamari, J.E., Woodard, J.L., Armstrong, K.M., Molino, A., Pontarelli, N.K., Socha, J., Longley, S.L. (2014). Assessing older adults’ obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms: Psychometric characteristics of the Obsessive Compulsive Inventory-Revised. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 124-131.

Kou, Z., Gattu, R., Kobeissy, F., Welch, R.D., O’Neill, B.J., Woodard, J.L., Ayaz, S.I., Kulek, A., Kas-Shamoun, R., Mika, V., Zuk, C., Tomasello, F., Mondello, S. (2013).  Combining biochemical and imaging markers to improve diagnosis and characterization of mild traumatic brain injury in the acute setting:  Results from a pilot study.  PLOS One, 8(11):e80296.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080296. 

Dai, T., Davey, A., Woodard, J.L., Miller, L.S., Gondo, Y., Kim, S.H., & Poon, L.W. (2013).  Sources of variation on the Mini-Mental State Examination in a population-based sample of centenarians.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61, 1369-1376.

Rahman-Filipiak, A.A. & Woodard, J.L. (2013).  Administration and environment considerations in computer-based sports-concussion assessment.  Neuropsychology Review, 23, 314-334.

Woodard, J.L. and Rahman, A.A.M. (2012).  The human-computer interface in computer-based concussion assessment.  Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 6, 385-408.


Poon LW, Woodard JL, Miller LS, Green R, Gearing M, Davey A, Arnold J, Martin P, Siegler IC, Nahapetyan L, Kim YS, Markesbery W. (2012). Understanding dementia prevalence among centenarians.  Journals of Gerontology, A:  Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67, 358-365.

Woodard, J.L. & Sugarman, M.A. (2012). Functional magnetic resonance imaging in aging and dementia:  Detection of age-related cognitive changes and prediction of cognitive decline.  In: Pardon, M.C. and Bondi, M. (Eds.), Behavioral neurobiology of aging.  New York:  Springer.

Sugarman, M.A., Woodard, J.L., Nielson, K.A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J.C., Durgerian, S., & Rao, S.M. (2012). Functional magnetic resonance imaging of semantic memory as a presymptomatic biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease risk. Biochemica et Biophysica Acta: Molecular Basis of Disease, 1822, 442-456.

Woodard, J.L.
Nielson, K.A., Sugarman, M.A., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Butts, A.M., Hantke, N.C., Lancaster, M.A., Matthews, M.A., Rao, S.M. (2012). Lifestyle and genetic contributions to cognitive decline and hippocampal integrity in healthy aging.  Current Alzheimer Research, 9, 436-446..

Selected Grants

National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging), “A Population Based Multidisciplinary Study of Centenarians” (Co-Project Leader)

National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging), “fMRI of the Person-Identity Network: Aging and APOE” (Co-Investigator)

National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health), “Risk Factors for Late Life Anxiety” (Co-Principal Investigator)

National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging), “Functional Neuroanatomy of Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease” (Principal Investigator)


Elected to Fellowship Status, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2007


A.B., Psychology, Psychobiology, Chemistry-Biology, and French, Ripon College , Ripon, Wisconsin , 1984

Graduate:      M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Dayton , Dayton, Ohio , 1987


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (minors in Statistics and Measurement and Clinical Neuropsychology), Wayne State University , Detroit, Michigan , 1991


Rm. 7907.1 - 5057 Woodward Ave.
Research Area
Clinical Psychology
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