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About Erin L. Woodhead

Dr. Woodhead joined the SJSU Psychology Department in 2012. She is a licensed psychologist and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University (2009). Before joining the SJSU Psychology Department, Dr. Woodhead completed clinical and research postdoctoral training in geropsychology and geriatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. 
Dr. Woodhead's research interests are in three areas: 1) substance use across the lifespan, 2) use of mental health services among older adults, and 3) mental health problems, disabilities, and accommodations among college students. She recently co-edited a Psychology of Aging textbook (Springer, 2018). She teaches undergraduate classes in aging, clinical psychology, and abnormal psychology, and graduate courses in ethics, addictions, and lifespan development.


2018 - Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Psychology
2012 - 2018 Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Psychology
January 2012 - August 2012 Instructor, Notre Dame de Namur University ‐ Sociology and Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


2018 Active Learning Certificate Program
San José State University, Center for Faculty Development
Role: Participant
2017 Learning, ability, and neurological diversity (LAND) at SJSU
San José State University, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Role: Principle Investigator
2015 Medical decision making strategies among younger adults: Examining the role of experience
San José State University, Division of Academic Affairs
Role: Principle Investigator
2014 Quality assurance grant for online course Psyc/Gero 114
San José State University, eCampus Office of Quality Assurance
Role: Principle Investigator
2013 - 2014 Quality of relationships with older adults and interest in aging
San José State University, College of Social Sciences Foundation Research Grant
Role: Principle Investigator
2013 Burnout, stress, and social support among nursing home staff
San José State University, Psychology Research Committee
Role: Principle Investigator
2010 - 2011 "Exposure and experience with geropsychology content in graduate training: An examination of student competencies and career decision making."
Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs (CoPGTP)
Research Award for Program Evaluation in Geropsychology Training
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Erin E. Emery (PI)
2009 - 2010 "A mixed-method examination of older adults’ decision to initiate treatment for depression."
Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making; George Bennett Postdoctoral Fellowship - FIMDM 0145-1
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Invited Reviewer, International Journal of Aging and Human Development
2017 - Present Editor, International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
2017 - Present Editor, Journal of Clinical Psychology
2016 - Present Invited Reviewer, Journal of Applied Gerontology
2015 - Present Invited Reviewer, American Journal of Psychiatry
2012 - Present Invited Reviewer, Drug and Alcohol Dependence
2012 - Present Editorial Board Member, Medical Decision Making
2011 - Present Invited Reviewer, Aging and Mental Health
2011 - Present Abstract Reviewer, Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making
2011 - Present Invited Reviewer, Clinical Gerontologist
2011 - Present Newsletter Editor, Society of Clinical Geropsychology
2007 - Present Abstract Reviewer, Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America
2006 - Present Member, Education Committee, APA Society of Clinical Geropsychology: Division 12/II
2012 Invited Reviewer, International Journal of Stress Management
2009 - 2011 Associate Editor, Research Edition, Psychologists in Long-Term Care
2007 - 2011 Invited Reviewer, Medical Decision Making
2007 - 2009 Student Representative, Psychologists in Long-Term Care
2007 Ad-hoc Reviewer, Depression and Anxiety
2006 - 2007 Community Relations Officer, West Virginia University Chapter of The Gerontological Society of America/Sigma Phi Omega
2006 Ad-hoc Reviewer, Psychological Assessment
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Honors and Awards

  • Trainee, Summer Research Institute (SRI) in Geriatric Mental Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, White Plains, NY (July 2011)
  • Sigma Xi Research Society Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Presentation, Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation (April 2010)
  • Outstanding Student Poster Award awarded at Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (November 2004)
  • Graduated with High Honors in Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University (May 2004)
  • Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence Award, awarded by the College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University (April 2004)
  • First place in Honors Thesis Competition within College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University (April 2004)
  • AARP Foundation Founders Scholarship Recipient (08/03 – 05/04)
  • Summer Training on Aging Research Topics- Mental Health (START-MH) Fellow at University of Rochester Medical Center (06/03 – 08/03)


  • Addictions and Treatment (Graduate; Psyc 226)
  • Lifespan Development (Graduate; Psyc 212)
  • Professional Ethics for Psychologists (Psyc 228)
  • Substance Abuse, Human Sexuality, and Life-span Issues for Therapists (Psyc 295)
  • Psychology of Aging (Psyc/Gero 114)
  • Clinical Psychology (Psyc 160)


2009 PhD, West Virginia University ‐ Clinical Psychology
2006 MS, West Virginia University ‐ Clinical Psychology
2004 BS, Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus ‐ Human Development and Family Studies

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Peer-Reviewed Publications (22)

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications (6)