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William "Alex" Woody

Alex Woody

Graduate Student

Psychology

ww064211@ohio.edu


Recent News

Year of Entry

Fall 2012

Program

Experimental Health Psychology

Adviser

Dr. Peggy Zoccola

Research Interests

Recent and current projects have focused on the relationship between negative repetitive thought, both as a state and trait phenomenon, and extended activation of the cardiovascular, immune, and endocrine system in response to a stressor, as well as how the parasympathetic stress responding is related to immune system modulation and cellular aging. Ongoing work includes studies focusing on attentional processes in the context of rumination, the effects of rumination on hair cortisol in dementia caregivers, and diurnal cortisol patterns of rural LGBT adults.

Curriculum Vitae

William Alexander Woody
Ohio University Department of Psychology
200 Porter Hall
740-593-1707
ww064211@ohio.edu

Education

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology – Health, Ohio University, GPA: 3.91 (2012-2017, exp)
Dissertation: A Test of the Perseverative Cognition Hypothesis Using Hair Cortisol in a Sample of Dementia Caregivers and Non-Caregiver Controls

M.S., Experimental Psychology, Old Dominion University (2010-2012)
Thesis: The Role of Just Deserts, Deterrence, and an Apology in Recommending Punishment for Violations of HIV Non-Disclosure Laws

B.A., Psychology, Cum Laude, Hendrix College (2006-2010)

Grants and Funding

Original Work Grant, Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, $750 (2016)
Scott Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology, APAGS, $1000 (2016)
Gerontology Research Fund, Psychology, $140 (2016)
Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant, Ohio University, $500 (2016)
Student Enhancement Award, Ohio University, $5986.17 (2016)
Basic Psychological Science Research Grant, APAGS, Honorable Mention (2016)
Graduate Student Competitive Research Fund, Psychology, $500 (2015)
Graduate Student Competitive Research Fund, Psychology, $500 (2014)

Publications

*Undergraduate mentee author

Woody, A., Figueroa, W. S., Benencia, F., & Zoccola, P. M. (In Press). Stress-induced parasympathetic control and its association with inflammatory reactivity. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Woody, A., Figueroa, W. S., Benencia, F., & Zoccola, P. M. (2016). Trait reflection predicts Interleukin-6 response to social-evaluative stressor. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 52, 27-31. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2015.10.011

Woody, A., & Zoccola, P. M. (In press). Stress and Physiological Indicators. S. G. Rogelberg (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Woody, A.,*Smolak, E., Rabideau, E. M., Figueroa, W., & Zoccola, P. M. (2015). Trait rumination moderates the effect of mentation type on heart rate response to stressor recall.  Stress, 18, 554-560. doi: 10.3109/10253890.2015.1055726

Zoccola, P. M., & Woody, A. (In press). Cortisol. A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Woody, A., Braitman, A., Derlega, V. J., Winstead, B. A., & Neilson, B. (2015). Motivations for punishing someone who violates HIV nondisclosure laws: Basic research and policy implications. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 15, 127-159. doi: 10.1111/asap.12065

Zoccola, P. M., Rabideau, E. M., Figueroa, W. S., & Woody, A. (2014). Cardiovascular and affective consequences of ruminating on a performance stressor depend on mode of thought. Stress and Health, 30, 188-97. doi: 10.1002/smi.2588

Zoccola, P. M., Figueroa, W. S., Rabideau, E. M., Woody, A., & Benencia, F. (2014). Differential effects of post-stressor rumination and distraction on cortisol and C-reactive protein. Health Psychology, 33, 1606-9. doi: 10.1037/hea0000019

Wilson, S. A., Derlega, V. J., Woody, A., Lewis, R. J., Braitman, A. L., Barbee, A. P., & Winstead, B. A. (2014). Disentangling reactions to HIV disclosure: Effects of HIV status, sexual orientation, and disclosure recipients’ gender. Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 285-295. doi: 10.1177/1359105312470155

Lewis, R. J., Kelley, M. L., Milletich, R. J. & Woody, A. (2012). Minority stress, substance use, and intimate partner violence among sexual minority women. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17, 247-256. doi: 10.106/j.avb.2012.02.004

Manuscripts under Review

Woody, A., Hamilton, K., Figueroa, W.S., Livitz, I., & Zoccola, P. M. Buccal telomere length’s associations with cortisol, heart rate variability, and blood pressure response to acute stressor

Manigault, A. M., Woody, A., Zoccola, P. M., & Dickerson, S. S. Effects of mindlessness and rumination in predicting cortisol recovery to an acute social-evaluative stressor

Manuscripts in Preparation

Derlega, V. J., Woody, A., Hacker, D., Holmes, K., & Harrison, S. A. Prospective study of racial socialization and resilience as buffers against stress from racial microaggressions.

*Long, M. M., Zoccola, P. M., & Woody, A. Fitness, mood, and cardiac history as predictors of cardiac rehabilitation outcomes

Paper Presentations

Woody, A., Figueroa, W. S., Manigault, A. W., & Zoccola, P. M. (2016, May). Closed scope attentional profile of rumination predicts post-stressor cortisol output. Paper presented at the 2016 meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Zoccola, P. M., Figueroa, W. S., Rabideau, E. M., & Woody, A. (2013, March). Differential effects of post-stressor rumination and distraction on C-reactive protein in healthy women. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Miami, FL.

Poster Presentations

Woody, A., Figueroa, W. S., Manigault, A. W., & Zoccola, P. M. (2016, March). A closed scope attentional profile predicts cortisol output following a stressor. Poster session presented at the 2016 meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Denver, CO.

Woody, A., Figueroa, W. S., Chadwick, A. E., & Zoccola, P. M.,. (2015, March). Trait reflection interacts with sex to predict cortisol output during stress and recovery; trait rumination does not. Poster session presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Savannah, GA.

Aboukar, M., Woody, A., Figueroa, W. S., Zoccola, P. M., & Lee, H. (2014, April). Physiologic stress response to cognitive load: A diagnostic tool for disease prevention? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Center for Osteopathic Research and Education, Columbus, OH.

Woody, A., Zoccola, P. M., Figueroa, W. S., & Rabideau, E. (2014, March). Trait reflection predicts Interleukin-6 response to social-evaluative stressor. Poster session presented at the 2014 meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Woody, A., & Derlega, V. J. (2013, May). Offender apology moderates just deserts effects on prison sentence recommendations. Poster to be presented at the 2013 meeting of the Association for Psychological Sciences, Washington, DC.

Woody, A., Zoccola, P. M., Rabideau, E. M., & Figueroa, W. (2013, March). Trait rumination moderates the effect of mentation type on heart rate during stressor-focused rumination. Poster presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Miami, FL.

Woody, A., Neilson, B., & Derlega, V. J. (2011, May). Just deserts as a motive for punishment of HIV non-disclosure law violations. Poster presented at the 2011 meeting of the Association for Psychological Sciences, Washington, DC.

Woody, A., & Templeton, L. (2010, April). The effects of gender and injustice on revenge. Poster presented at the 2010 meeting of the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students, Conway, AR.

Woody, A., & Zorwick, L. W. (presenter) (2010, April). Race and system justification. Poster presented at the 2010 meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, TX.

Skills

Computer
Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, DirectRT, and MediaLab

Psychophysiological
Analysis of ECG, ICG, HRV, and BP using BioPac, Acqknowledge, and Kubios ELISAs for Cortisol, Testosterone, IL-10, IL-6, TNF-α, Separation of DNA from buccal swabs, qPCR for relative telomere length of buccal cells

Statistical
Strong SPSS experience with significant exposure to SAS and R
Graduate statistical coursework:

  • ANOVA
  • Regression
  • Psychometrics
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Multivariate
  • Logistic Regression/Multi-level Modeling
  • Health Statistics

Research Experience

Psychosocial Processes and Health Lab, Ohio University (2012-Present)
Supervisor: Dr. Peggy Zoccola
Co-investigator and lab co-director on multiple research projects, including collaboration on study design and data analysis
Training, supervision, and mentoring of 10-15 undergraduates each semester.
Data collection and analyses using programs and techniques including ELISA, qPCR, Kubios, BIOPAC, Acqknowledge, DirectRT, and MediaLab.

Old Dominion University (2010-2012)
Supervisor: Dr. Val Derlega
Collaborated on study design, hypothesis generation, data collection, and data analysis for all projects conducted during this time period.

Hendrix College (2006-2010)
Worked on 4 independent research projects, gathering data (both in person and online), analyzing data, and writing papers.
Two of these projects were presented as posters at conferences.

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record, Ohio University

  • PSY 2210 Physiological Psychology (Fall 2015, Fall 2016)
  • PSY 2110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Spring 2015)

Graduate Assistant, Ohio University
Proctored exams, graded quizzes, assignments, and tests.

  • Elementary Statistical Reasoning (Fall 2014)
  • Human Stress (Fall 2014)
  • Psychology of Health and Illness (Spring 2014)
  • Physiological Psychology (Fall 2013)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (Fall 2013)
  • General Psychology (Spring 2013)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (Spring 2013)
  • Psychology of Health and Illness (Fall 2012)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (Fall 2012)

Lab Instructor, Old Dominion University
Instructed weekly lab sessions, graded assignments and test creation and grading.

  • Quantitative Methods Lab [2 Sections] (Spring 2012)
  • Quantitative Methods Lab [2 Sections] (Fall 2011)

Mentorship

Honors Thesis Committee Member    
Molly Long (2013-2014)

Undergraduate Independent Study
Erin Smolak (2012-2013)

Professional Service

Graduate Writing and Research Center Tutor at Ohio University (2015-Present)
Tutored fellow graduate students on thesis, dissertation, and publication work.

Ad hoc Journal Reviewer for: Biological Psychology, Psychophysiology, Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, and Psychoneuroendocrinology (2013-Present)

Graduate Representative Committee at Ohio University    2013-Present

Experimental Health Admissions 2013-2015

Policy and Planning Committee 2015-Present

Membership in Professional Organizations

Association for Psychological Sciences

American Psychosomatic Society

Midwest Psychological Association

Society for Health Psychology [Division 38 of American Psychological Association]


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