Alex Wood

Alex Wood


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Alex is Professor in Psychology at Leeds Trinity University and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

Alex completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick (2005-2008). He worked in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester as Lecturer (2008-2011) and Senior Lecturer (2011-2012) before moving to Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, as Professor, Director of the Behavioural Science Centre, and Director of the Centre for Graduate Research in Management (2012-2017). In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Chair at the University of Manchester in recognition of lifetime contributions to health psychology. In 2017 he began a major humanitarian project to develop Cambodia's first modern mental health service in primary care, in collaboration with the NGO HOPE Worldwide and the Cambodian Government, where he spent most of this time in the field. Alex concurrently held the Centennial Chair at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), "a scheme to attract to the School academics of outstanding international distinction in their field of study". Alex joined Leeds Trinity University in April 2022 to provide strategic guidance and mentoring in social and health sciences in support of the university's aim to achieve a step change in research quality and environment.

Research interests

Alex's research into well-being takes a distinctly holistic approach, (a) focusing on the whole continuum from clinically impaired mental health to positive psychological functioning, and (b) integrating approaches across psychology, behavioural sciences, economics, education, health sciences, management and marketing, psychiatry, and sport - each areas in which he has published. This integrative approach uniquely positions Alex to collaborate on a broad range of projects, and his consultancy is able to identify and focus upon the precise needs of organisations and their individual staff. Alex has previously been awarded over £1.5 million in grant income. Alex is one of the most cited reserachers globally in behavioural science, econoimc-, clinical-, personality-, and health psychology.

Methodological Specialities

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