Dr Amanda Wood PhD MPsych

Amanda Wood

School of Psychology
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My research combines computational brain image analysis with neuropsychological techniques to understand the basis and consequences of early life brain injuries. I have a particular interest in translating findings into practice that will support children, and people living with epilepsy. The current work of our interdisciplinary team can be found on the Neuropsychology and Paediatric Imaging Laboratory.


BSc(Hons) The University of Melbourne, Australia
PhD The University of Melbourne, Australia
MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology), The University of Melbourne, Australia


Adult Neuropsychology Syndromes (3rd year undergraduate module)

Ad hoc teaching in MDS/PG modules within the school

Postgraduate supervision

Current students


  • Paras Joshee, UoB
  • Penelope Hartmann - PhD candidate, Monash University, Australia
  • Natasha Yasmin, UoB
  • Juliana Jezler, UoB
  • Kritsian Suen (co-supervised with Dr Linda Wheeldon), UoB
  • Hayfaa Al Ansari (co-supervised with Professor Glyn Humphreys), UoB  

MSc Students

  • Jacqueline Benfield (MSc Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics) 

Soon to join the lab!

  • Ruth Pauli (co-supervised with Dr Stephane de Brito, UoB) – MIBTP doctoral candidate


Other activities

Lab news

Kirsty Hall (MSc Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience & winner of the Ratcliffe Science Prize, 2014) joined us in March 2015 to work on pilot studies of paediatric cognitive interventions and computational modeling of imaging data.

Lucy Morgan will join the lab in April 2015 to work on our epilepsy and parenting study. 

Departmental responsibilities

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor
  • Deputy Head, Postgraduate Studies
  • BUIC management committee (Projects lead) 

Professional commitments

  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Epilepsy Research UK
  • Division of Neuropsychology, Professional Standards Unit, British Psychological Society
  • Chair & Founding member, AEDiP (Antiepileptic Drugs in Pregnancy: Maternal and Child Health Advisory Committee)
  • Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Board, Australian Pregnancy Register for Women with Epilepsy and Allied Disorders, 2009-present
  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) Advisory Board, Monash University 2007 – 2010 

Recently funded research

We are very fortunate to have received funding to support our work from Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Research UK and Prostate Cancer UK (collaboration with Professor Grunfeld, Coventry University). 

Key studies running in the lab at present:

  • The experience of parenting in women with epilepsy (Epilepsy Action)
  • Developmentally appropriate presurgical mapping of eloquent cortex in children with epilepsy (ERUK)

Risk and Resilience Factors Associated with Cognitive Changes Following Androgen Deprivation Therapy in Prostate Cancer Patients (PCUK)


Latest publication from the lab:

March 2015 – New paper accepted, highlighting impact of prenatal exposure on long-term behavioural development in children. This paper is the first prospective assessment of autism in a cohort of children exposed prenatally to antiepileptic drugs. It will be listed on ResearchGate once online https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amanda_Wood/publications/ or you can email me for a copy.

Wood, AG., Nadebaum, C., Anderson, V., Reutens, DC. O’Brien, TJ., Vajda, F. (in press). Prospective assessment of autism traits in children exposed to antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy, Epilepsia 

Selected recent publications:

Gonzalez, LM., Embuldeniya, US., Harvey, AS., Wrennall, JA., Testa, R., Anderson, VA., Wood, AG. (2014) Developmental stage affects cognition in children with recently-diagnosed symptomatic focal epilepsy, Epilepsy and Behaviour; 39C:97-104

Wood, AG., Chen, J., Barton, S., Nadebaum, C., Anderson, VA., Reutens, DC., O’Brien, TJ., Vajda, F. (2014) Altered cortical thickness following prenatal sodium valproate exposure, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology; 1(7), 497-501 doi: 10.1002/acn3.74

Sripada, CS., Phan, KL., Labuschagne, I., Welsh, R., Nathan, PJ., Wood, AG. (2013). Oxytocin enhances resting state connectivity between amygdala and medial frontal cortex. The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 16(2):255-60

Nadebaum, C., Anderson, V., Reutens, DC., Vajda, F., Wood, AG. (2012) Childhood Cognitive Impairment Associated with Fetal Antiepileptic Drug Exposure: A Review. Developmental Neuropsychology, 37, 1-29.

Anderson VA. Spencer-Smith, M., Wood, AG (2011) Do children’s brains recover better? Plasticity, reorganisation and neurobehavioral change after early brain insult, Brain, 134, 2197-2221.