Virginia V. Wood
Dr. Virginia V. Wood
Dr. Virginia Voltaggio Wood has a BA from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; an MA from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas; and an Ed. D. from University of Houston, Houston, Texas. She is also a Certified Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Hypnotherapist. Her areas of specialization are in Developmental Psychology. She teaches Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Adulthood and Aging, Human Sexuality and the graduate courses of Personality Psychology and Advanced Adolescent Psychology.
Dr. Wood’s research most recently has been in the area of Relationships, Dating and Acculturation. She has presented at numerous conferences at the Southwestern Psychological Association, Southeastern Psychological Association and American Scientific Psychology. Examples of presentation topics are: Friendships, friends with benefits, and hooking up among Hispanic college students (May, 2010); Mexican American college student dating: Definition, experience and acculturation (April, 2010); An Exploration: Various relationship options among Hispanic college students (January, 2010); Mexican American college student dating: Experience and acculturation (May, 2008); An empirical examination of the relationship between bilingual acculturation and global self esteem (April, 2007). She has also had publications in American Journal of Psychology (Winter, 2001) and Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Experimental Psychology (February, 2001) in collaboration with Dr. James Worthen in the area of memory for false recognition.
Dr. Wood grew up in Brownsville, Texas and is married to John Wood. They have two married sons, Frank and wife Becky Cardenas Wood, and Kris and wife Carolyn Miller Wood. Frank and Becky have a son Frankie, and Kris and Carolyn have two daughters, Vivian and Olivia. Dr. Wood and her husband enjoy spending time with their family especially the grandchildren. Traveling has been something that Dr. Wood and her husband also enjoy. They have traveled to Europe many times, including Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungry, and England thus far. They have visited Voltaggio, Italy where Dr. Wood’s father’s family originated. Growing up in Brownsville made it easy to travel to various parts of Mexico and Dr. Wood’s parents taught her to value and respect the Mexican culture and she and her husband have done the same with their sons. They are very proud of their sons, wives and grandchildren who are all bilingual in English and Spanish.
B.A. Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
M.A. St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas
Ed.D. University of Houston, Houston, Texas
CV/VITAE: Wood Vitae
Psyc 2308 Child Psychology
Psyc 3302 Adolescent Psychology
Psyc 3303 Adulthood and Aging
Psyc 3363 Human Sexuality
Psyc 6333 Personality
Area of Specialty and Responsibility:
Teaching Developmental Psychology
Research in the areas of Acculturation, Gender, Dating
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