John Woodard

John Woodard

Professor of Psychology


313-577-7636 (fax)

 5057 Woodward Avenue, 7th Floor, Detroit, MI  48202



John Woodard

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Preclinical detection of Alzheimer's disease

  •  Neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of memory in aging and Alzheimer's disease

  •  Genetic and lifestyle factors related to exceptional longevity

  •  Detection and tracking of sports-related concussion and mild traumatic brain injury

  •  Statistical and methodological issues in neuropsychological test construction and assessment


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology, Henry Ford Hospital, 1992
  • Internship in Clinical Psychology, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Ann Arbor, 1991
  • Ph.D., Psychology (Clinical) with specializations in Clinical Neuropsychology and Statistics and Measurement, Wayne State University, 1991
  • M.A., Psychology (Clinical), University of Dayton, 1987
  • A.B., Psychology, Psychobiology, Chemistry-Biology, French, Ripon College, 1984
  • Licensed Psychologist in Michigan
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois

Awards and grants

  • Selected Grants

    National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging), “A Population Based Multidisciplinary Study of Centenarians” (Co-Project Leader)

    National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging), “fMRI of the Person-Identity Network: Aging and APOE” (Co-Investigator)

    National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health), “Risk Factors for Late Life Anxiety” (Co-Principal Investigator)

    National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging), “Functional Neuroanatomy of Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease” (Principal Investigator)



    Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2007

Selected publications

Martin P, Gondo Y, Arai Y, Ishioka Y, Woodard JL, Poon LW, Hirose N. (2018). Physical, sensory, and cognitive functioning among centenarians: a comparison between the Tokyo and Georgia centenarian studies. Quality of Life Research, Jul 26. doi: 10.1007/s11136-018-1943-z. [Epub ahead of print]

Kelly DA, Seidenberg M, Reiter K, Nielson KA, Woodard JL, Smith JC, Durgerian S, Rao SM (2018). Differential 5-year brain atrophy rates in cognitively declining and stable APOE-ε4 elders. Neuropsychology, 32, 647-653. doi: 10.1037/neu0000444. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

Bruno D, Koscik RL, Woodard JL, Pomara N, Johnson SC (2018). The recency ratio as predictor of early MCI. International Psychogeriatrics, 18, 1-6, doi: 10.1017/S1041610218000467.

Van den Bergh PYK, Piéret F, Woodard JL, Attarian S, Grapperon AM, Nicolas G, Brisset M, Cassereau J, Rajabally YA, Van Parijs V, Verougstraete D, Jacquerye P, Raymackers JM, Redant C, Michel C, Delmont E; University of Louvain GBS Electrodiagnosis Study Group. (2018). Guillain-Barré syndrome subtype diagnosis: A prospective multicentric European study, Muscle and Nerve, Jan 5. doi: 10.1002/mus.26056. [Epub ahead of print]

Woodard, J.L. (2017). A quarter-century of advances in the statistical analysis of longitudinal neuropsychological data. Neuropsychology, 31, 1020-1035. doi: 10.1037/neu0000386.

Kay, C.D., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Nielson, K.A., Smith, J.C., Woodard, J.L., Rao, S.M. (2017). Motor timing intraindividual variability in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and cognitively intact elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 39, 866-875. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2016.1273321.

Reiter, K., Nielson, K.A., Durgerian, S., Woodard, J.L., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Kelly, D.A., & Rao, S.M. (2017). Five-year longitudinal brain volume change in healthy elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 55, 1363-1377. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160504

Quenon, L. Dricot, L., Woodard, J.L., Hanseeuw, B., Gilis, N., Lhommel, R., & Ivanoiu, A. (2016). Prediction of Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test performance using volumetric and amyloid-based biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22, 991-1004. doi:

Lancaster, M.A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J. Carson, Nielson, K.A., Woodard, J.L., Durgerian, S. (2016). Diffusion tensor imaging predictors of episodic memory decline in healthy elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22, 1005-1015. doi:

Prouvost, C., Calamari, J.E., & Woodard, J.L. (2016). Does cognitive self-consciousness link older adults’ cognitive functioning to obsessive-compulsive symptoms? Behaviour Research and Therapy, 85, 23-32.

Neltner, J.H., Abner, E.L., Jicha, G.A., Schmitt, F.A., Patel, E., Poon, L.W., Gearing, M., Green, R.C., Davey, A., Johnson, M.A., Jazwinski, S.M., Kim, S., Davis, D., Woodard, J.L., Kryscio, R.J., Van Eldik, L.J., Nelson, P.T. (2016). Brain pathologies in extreme old age. Neurobiology of Aging, 37, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2015.10.009. Epub 2015 Oct 19.

Smith, J.C., Lancaster, M.A., Nielson, K.A., Woodard, J.L., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Sakaie, K., & Rao, S.M. (2015). Interactive effects of physical activity and APOE-ε4 on white matter tract diffusivity in healthy elders. Neuroimage. Aug 8. pii: S1053-8119(15)00715-6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.08.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Rao, S.M., Bonner-Jackson, A., Nielson, K.A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J.C., Woodard, J.L., & Durgerian, S. (2015). Genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease alters the five-year trajectory of semantic memory activation in cognitively intact elders. Neuroimage, 111, 136-146.

Rahman-Filipiak, A.A.M., Woodard, J.L., Miller, L.S., Martin, P., Davey, A., & Poon, L.W. (in press). Octogenarian and centenarian performance on the Fuld Object Memory Evaluation. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

Sugarman, M.A., Woodard, J.L., Nielson, K.A., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Norman, A.L., Hantke, N.C., & Rao, S.M. (2014). Performance variability during a multitrial list-learning task as a predictor of future cognitive decline in healthy elders. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36, 236-243.

Smith JC, Nielson KA, Woodard JL, Seidenberg M, Durgerian S, Hazlett KE, Figueroa CM, Kandah CC, Kay CD, Matthews MA, & Rao SM. (2014). Physical activity reduces hippocampal atrophy in elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6:61, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00061. eCollection 2014.

Iraji, A., Benson, R.R., Welch, R.D., O’Neil, B.J., Woodard, J.L., Ayaz, S.I., Kulek, A., Mika, V., Medado, P., Soltanian-Zadeh, H., Liu, T, Haacke, E.M., Kou, Z. (2014). Resting state functional connectivity in mild traumatic brain injury at the acute state: Independent component and seed based analyses. Journal of Neurotrauma. [Epub ahead of print].

Calamari, J.E., Woodard, J.L., Armstrong, K.M., Molino, A., Pontarelli, N.K., Socha, J., Longley, S.L. (2014). Assessing older adults’ obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms: Psychometric characteristics of the Obsessive Compulsive Inventory-Revised. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 124-131.

Kou, Z., Gattu, R., Kobeissy, F., Welch, R.D., O’Neill, B.J., Woodard, J.L., Ayaz, S.I., Kulek, A., Kas-Shamoun, R., Mika, V., Zuk, C., Tomasello, F., Mondello, S. (2013). Combining biochemical and imaging markers to improve diagnosis and characterization of mild traumatic brain injury in the acute setting: Results from a pilot study. PLOS One, 8(11):e80296. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080296.

Dai, T., Davey, A., Woodard, J.L., Miller, L.S., Gondo, Y., Kim, S.H., & Poon, L.W. (2013). Sources of variation on the Mini-Mental State Examination in a population-based sample of centenarians. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61, 1369-1376.

Rahman-Filipiak, A.A. & Woodard, J.L. (2013). Administration and environment considerations in computer-based sports-concussion assessment. Neuropsychology Review, 23, 314-334.

Woodard, J.L. and Rahman, A.A.M. (2012). The human-computer interface in computer-based concussion assessment. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 6, 385-408.


Poon LW, Woodard JL, Miller LS, Green R, Gearing M, Davey A, Arnold J, Martin P, Siegler IC, Nahapetyan L, Kim YS, Markesbery W. (2012). Understanding dementia prevalence among centenarians. Journals of Gerontology, A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67, 358-365.

Woodard, J.L. & Sugarman, M.A. (2012). Functional magnetic resonance imaging in aging and dementia: Detection of age-related cognitive changes and prediction of cognitive decline. In: Pardon, M.C. and Bondi, M. (Eds.), Behavioral neurobiology of aging. New York: Springer.

Sugarman, M.A., Woodard, J.L., Nielson, K.A., Seidenberg, M., Smith, J.C., Durgerian, S., & Rao, S.M. (2012). Functional magnetic resonance imaging of semantic memory as a presymptomatic biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease risk. Biochemica et Biophysica Acta: Molecular Basis of Disease, 1822, 442-456.

Woodard, J.L. Nielson, K.A., Sugarman, M.A., Smith, J.C., Seidenberg, M., Durgerian, S., Butts, A.M., Hantke, N.C., Lancaster, M.A., Matthews, M.A., Rao, S.M. (2012). Lifestyle and genetic contributions to cognitive decline and hippocampal integrity in healthy aging. Current Alzheimer Research, 9, 436-446..

Currently teaching

  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology I, PSY 7150, 4 credit hours, Fall 2019

Courses taught

Quantitative Methods in Psychology I, PSY 7150, 4 credit hours, Fall 2018

Assessment Practicum, PSY 7230, 2 credit hours, Winter, 2019

Human Neuropsychology, PSY 5330, 3 credit hours, Winter, 2019

Clinical Neuropsychology, PSY 7330, 3 credit hours, Winter, 2018