Steven Paul Woods, Psy.D.
HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program
220 Dickinson Street, Suite B (8231)
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619.543.5004
Fax: 619.543.1235



Dr. Woods received his B.S. in psychology from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. In 2000, he earned a Psy.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (The College of William & Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University). He completed a predoctoral internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and a postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Washington before coming to UCSD in 2002.

Research Focus
Dr. Woods' primary research interests lie in the application of cognitive models of memory (e.g., prospective memory) to examine the ways in which HIV infection and substance abuse impact real-world outcomes (e.g., medication adherence). 

Training Focus
Dr. Woods is the Principal Investigator of a NIDA-funded T32 that aims to train the next generation of clinical researchers in neuroAIDS and addictions. He is also active in the Neuropsychology Track of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

Selected Publications:

  • Carey, C.L., Woods, S.P., Rippeth, J.D., Heaton, R.K., Grant, I., & The HNRC Group. (2006). Prospective memory in HIV-1 infection. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 28, 536-548.
  • Woods, S.P., Iudicello, J.E., Moran, L.M., Carey, C.L., Dawson, M.S., Grant, I., & The HNRC Group. (2008). HIV-associated prospective memory impairment increases risk of dependence in everyday functioning. Neuropsychology, 22, 110-117.
  • Woods, S.P., Dawson, M.S., *Weber, E., Gibson, S., Grant, I., Atkinson, J.H., & The HNRC Group. (2009). Timing is everything: Antiretroviral non-adherence is associated with impairment in time-based prospective memory. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15 , 42-52.
  • Woods, S.P., *Weber, E., Weisz, B., Twamley, E.W., & Grant, I., and the HIV Neuobehavioral Research Programs Group. (2011). Prospective memory deficits are associated with unemployment in persons living with HIV infection. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56, 77-84.
  • Doyle, K., Loft, S., Morgan, E.E., Weber, E., Cushman, C., Johston, E., Grant, I., Woods, S.P., & The HNRP Group. (2013). Prospective memory in HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND): The Neuropsychological dynamics of time monitoring. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35, 359-72.

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