Wendy Wood’s primary academic home is in the Department of Occupational Therapy within the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Wood presently serves as the Academic Program Director of the MS and MOT entry-level professional degree programs in occupational therapy. As an educator in occupational therapy, Dr. Wood instructs graduate courses on reflective and evidence-based practice and on occupational and rehabilitation science. Her research and scholarly interests have focused on the study of environmental influences on everyday patterns of time-use and well-being in both captive primates and institutionalized older adults with dementia. Dr. Wood has published as well on issues of leadership, professionalism and education in occupational therapy.
Dr. Wood has a secondary appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences, where she serves as the Director of Research of the Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC). The TGEC is dedicated to advancing the science of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) and evidence-based education in EAAT. Dr. Wood is currently leading a team of graduate students in conducting a systematic mapping review study of all refereed papers on EAAT published over the past 35 years. Findings from this study will help to guide the research and education agendas of the TGEC.