Erin E. Wood, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a postdoctoral researcher I am a member of the Family Studies Lab under the supervision of Dr. Karen Rudolph. At the University of Illinois, I am conducting research on the role that emotions and response to stressors have on youth developmental outcomes. I am also working with members of the Family Studies Lab and our collaborators on projects relating to emotional processing and neuroimaging.

I received my doctorate in Experimental Psychology with concentrations in development and comparative neurobiology from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in May 2021. During my time at OSU, I was a member of the Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary ANalysis (OCEAN) where I conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven and Dr. Michael Criss. My doctoral research focused on social-environmental predictors of biological and behavioral outcomes. My dissertation was a two-study examination of the pathways that explain how father-daughter relationship quality and early life adversity predicts risky behavior in at-risk female adolescents and young-adults.