Dr. Wood received her B.S.N. from Alderson Broaddus College in 1977. She earned the M.S.N. from West Virginia University in 1981 and the PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1988. Dr. Wood teaches online graduate students in the DNP, MSN, EdD, and joint PhD programs. Dr. Wood is a member of the Alabama State Nurses’ Association; Sigma Theta Tau, International; National League for Nursing; Southern Nursing Research Society; and the Alabama Health Literacy Initiative.
Dr. Wood has conducted research addressing diabetes self-management particularly focusing on the use of technology for ethnically diverse rural dwellers, specifically health literacy needs. Her research efforts have transitioned to a focus on educating practicing nurses in strategies to improve health literate communication and to ensure a health literate organization. She recently completed research funded by Sigma Theta Tau, International and the Chamberlain College of Nursing that promoted health literacy strategies among graduate nursing students.