Joanne N. Wood, PolicyLab Faculty, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of General Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Since her medical training at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wood has committed to improving the quality of care for children, especially abused and neglected children. Her current research focuses on hospital variation in screening practices for children suspected of child abuse, along with the use and utility of such practices in the evaluation of abusive injuries. Dr. Wood’s work in the field of child maltreatment extends beyond hospital-based care to the child welfare system. As the Scientific Director on a project with the City of Philadelphia Departments of Human Services and Behavioral Health, Dr. Wood directs the research dimension of a pilot study to implement an evidenced-based mental health intervention for children in foster care.
Dr. Wood attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she earned her MD in 2002. She was an intern and resident in pediatrics at CHOP, where she subsequently served as chief resident. In 2006, she participated in the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at CHOP. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Wood was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master in Health Policy Research (MSHP).
Since 2011, Dr. Wood has served as the Associate Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health at CHOP.
Child abuse and maltreatment
Health care policy
Quality and safety
Health services research
Wood JN, Rubin DM, Nance M, Christian CW: Distinguishing inflicted versus accidental abdominal injuries in young children. J Trauma 2005; 59(5): 1203-1208.
Wood JN, Carney J, Szczepanski K, Calello, Hurt H. Transplacental isopropanol exposure: case report and review of metabolic principles. J Perinatology 2007:27:183-185.
Wood JN, Christian CW, Adams CM, Rubin DM. Skeletal surveys in infants with isolated skull fractures. Pediatrics 2009 Feb;123(2):e247-52.
Wood JN, Hall M, Schilling S, Keren R, Mitra N, Rubin DM. Disparities in the evaluation and diagnosis of abuse among infants with traumatic brain injury. Pediatrics. 2010 Sep;126(3):408-14.