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Stacey Wood

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Stacey Wood (born January 2, 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American neuropsychologist (PhD) full Professor of Psychology[1] at Scripps College in Claremont, California known for her work in highly-publisized COVID-related Mass Marketing Scams (MMS).[2][3] Wood is also known for her work in elder abuse and how scams are perpetrated against older Americans,[4][5][6] including the high-profile legal case of elder abuse against Star Trek cast member Nichelle Nichols, who played Starfleet communications officer Nyota Uhura.[7]

Wood is the Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology at Scripps College.[8]


  1. 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.))
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Wood, S. & Steele, A. (2012). Integrating Neuropsychology into your defense 101. Capital Defender. March 2012.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. (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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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[edit]

  1. Liu, Pi-Ju, Wood, S., Hancoh, Y., & Beryy, T. (Under review). Do Older Adults Prefer Fewer Options? Factors Impacting Preferred Numbers of Choice.
  2. Wood, S.  et al. (2014). Neuropsychological predictors of elder fraud.  in press, Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Wood, S. & Liu, P. (2012). Undue influence and financial capacity: A clinical perspective. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, 36, 53-58.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Groscup, J. & Wood, S. (2010). Judicial notebook: Neuropsychology in capital mitigation. APA Monitor, December, 2010.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. Hiscock, M., Caroselli, J. S., & Wood, S. (2006). Concurrent counting and typing: Lateralized interference depends on a difference between the hands in motor skill. Cortex, 42, 38-47.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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:http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/brln.1999.2271
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. Wood, S., Hinkin, C., Castellion, S., & Yarema, K.* (1998). Working memory deficits in HIV-1 infection. Brain and Cognition, 37, 163-166.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.


  1. "Psychology of Scams with Dr. Stacey Wood". Easy Prey Podcast. 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  2. Morales, Christina; Hauser, Christine (2020-09-23). "Americans Have Lost $145 Million to Coronavirus Fraud". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  3. Harrar, Sari. "6 Psychological Tricks of COVID-19 Scammers". AARP. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  4. "Stacy Wood – PsychologyFaculty". www.scrippscollege.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  5. "What I learned by chatting with Chinese robocallers". Marketplace. 2019-10-22. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  6. "The Fraud Crisis". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  7. "Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols the victim of abuse at the hands of "confidence man", her family alleges". Newsweek. 2020-08-21. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  8. "Academic Experience | Faculty Profile". www.scrippscollege.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-18.

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