Ph.D., Western Michigan University (1999)

Area: Clinical


Dr. Woods interests are in understanding, developing treatments for, and disseminating behavioral interventions for children and adults with Tourette Syndrome, Trichotillomania and other OCD-spectrum disorders. Major ongoing lab projects include testing an acceptance and commitment (ACT)-based treatment for trichotillomania and testing a computerized self-help intervention for children with Tourette Syndrome.  Dr. Woods is primarily interested in training students who desire a career in research.



  • 2009-2013: CBIT for Neurology Clinics. Tourette Syndrome Association, $49,280
  • 2009-2013: CBIT for Young Children with Tourette Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome Association. $17,877
  • 2008-2013: Acceptance Enhanced Behavior Therapy for Trichotillomania. National Institutes of Health, $1,608,337
  • 2008-2013: Curriculum Redesign to Enhance Training in Scientifically Validated Behavioral Treatments. National Institutes of Health. $86,826


Peer Reviewed Articles

   Capriotti, M. R., Espil, F. M., Conelea, C. A., & Woods, D. W.  (2013).  Environmental factors as potential determinants of premonitory urge severity in youth with Tourette Syndrome.  Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 37-42.

     Specht, M. W., Woods, D. W., Nicotra, C. M., Kelly, L. M., Ricketts, E. J., Conelea, C. A., & Walkup, J. T.  (2013).  Effects of tic suppression: Suppressibility, rebound, negative reinforcement, and habituation to the urge versus extinction learning.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 24-30.

     Capriotti, M. R., Brandt, B. C., Ricketts, E. J., Espil, F. M., & Woods, D. W.  (2012).  Comparing the Effects of Reinforcement and Response Cost Contingencies on Tic Suppression and Expression in Youth with Tourette Syndrome.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 251-263.  doi: 10.1901/jaba.2012.45-000

     Himle, M.B., Freitag, M.J., Walther, M., Franklin, S., Ely, L.J., & Woods, D.W. (2012).  A randomized pilot trial comparing videoconference versus face-to-face delivery of behavior therapy f or childhood tic disorders.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 565-570.

     Snorrason, I., Belleau, E.L., & Woods, D.W. (2012)  How related are pathological hair pulling and skin picking? A review of evidence for comorbidity, similarities and shared etiology.  Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 618-629.

     Wilhelm, S., Peterson, A. L., Piacentini, J. C., Woods, D. W., Deckersbach, T., Sukhodolsky, D. G., Chang, S., Liu, H., Dzuria, J., Walkup, J. T., & Scahill, L.  (2012).  Randomized trial of behavior therapy for adults with Tourette’s disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(8), 795-803.

     Woods, D. W., Piacentini, J. C., Scahill, L. D., Peterson, A. L., Wilhelm, S…Walkup, J. T.  (2011).  Behavior Therapy for tics in Children:  Acute and long term effects on secondary psychiatric and psychosocial functioning.  Journal of Child Neurology, 26(7), 858-865. DOI:  10.1177/0883073810397046.

     Piacentini, J. C., Woods, D. W., Scahill, L. D., Wilhelm, S., Peterson, A., Chang, S., Ginsburg, G., Deckersbach, T., Dzuria, J., Levi-Pearl, S. & Walkup, J. T.  (2010).  Behavior therapy for children with Tourette Syndrome:  A randomized controlled trial.  Journal of the American Medical Association, 303, 1929-1937.

     Woods, D. W., Walther, M. R., Bauer, C. C., Kemp, J. J., & Conelea, C. A.  (2009).  The development of stimulus control over tics:  A potential explanation for contextually-based variability in the symptoms of Tourette syndrome.  Behaviour Research and Therapy,47,41-47.

     Woods, D. W., Himle, M. B., Miltenberger, R. G., Carr, J. E., Osmon, D. C., Karsten, A. M., Jostad, C., & Bosch, A.  (2008).  Durability, negative impact, and neuropsychological predictors of tic suppression in children with chronic tic disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 237-245. 

     Woods, D. W., Flessner, C. A., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., Goodwin, R., Stein, D. J., Walther, M., & Trichotillomania Learning Center Scientific Advisory Board. (2006).  The Trichotillomania Impact Project (TIP):  Exploring Phenomenology, Functional Impairment, and Treatment Utilization.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 67, 1877-1888.

     Woods, D. W., Wetterneck, C. T., & Flessner, C. A.  (2006).  A controlled evaluation of acceptance and commitment therapy plus habit reversal as a treatment for trichotillomania.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 639-656.


    Woods, D. W. & Kanter, J.  (2007).  Understanding Behavior Disorders:  A contemporary behavioral perspective.  Context Press.

    Woods, D. W., Piacentini, J. C., & Walkup, J.  (2007).  Treating Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders:  A Guide for Practitioners.  New York:  NY: The Guilford Press.
    Woods, D. W., Piacentini, J. C., Chang, S., Deckersbach, T., Ginsburg, G., Peterson, A. L., Scahill, L. D., Walkup, J. R., & Wilhelm, S.  (2008).  Managing Tourette’s Syndrome: A Behavioral Intervention for Children and Adults (Therapist Guide).  New York: Oxford University Press.

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