Kimberly H. Wood
Assistant Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology
203 Ingalls Hall
kwood6@samford.edu
205-726-4698

Kimberly Wood comes to Samford from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she has conducted research in clinical neuroscience, learning, memory, and exercise using neuroimaging. Professionally she is interested in the impact of sleep and exercise on brain and behavior relationships in Parkinson’s disease. Her recreational interests include listening to podcasts during road trips with her husband, Robert, an Area Operations Manager for The Ricoh Company, Ltd. Robert and Kimberly have two daughters, Krista, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and Kayli, a Mechanical Engineer. 

Degrees and Certifications

• B.S., with Honors in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

• Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Honors and Awards

  • Research Paper of the Year (2019-2020). Awarded by the editors of Movement Disorders for Amara, A.W., Wood, K.H., Joop, A., Memon, R.A., Pilkington, J., Tuggle, C., Reams, J., Hurt, C.P., Cutter, G., Bamman, M.M. (June, 2020). Randomized, controlled trial of exercise on objective and subjective sleep in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 35(6), 947-958. 
  • National recognition by the Parkinson’s Foundation in an article highlighting her work in Wood, K.H., Memon, A.A., Memon, R.A., Joop, A., Pilkington, J., Catiul, C., Gerstenecker, A., Triebel, K., Cutter, G., Bamman, M.M., Miocinovic, S., Amara, A.W. (2021). Slow wave sleep and EEG delta spectral power are associated with cognitive function in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, 11(2). 

Recent Publications

  • Movement Disorders paper of the year 2019-2020 for Original Research: Amara, A.W., Wood, K.H., Joop, A., Memon, R.A., Pilkington, J., Tuggle, C., Reams, J., Hurt, C.P., Cutter, G., Bamman, M.M. (June, 2020). Randomized, controlled trial of exercise on objective and subjective sleep in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 35(6), 947-958. 
  • Wood, K.H., Memon, A.A., Memon, R.A., Joop, A., Pilkington, J., Catiul, C., Gerstenecker, A., Triebel, K., Cutter, G., Bamman, M.M., Miocinovic, S., Amara, A.W. (2021). Slow wave sleep and EEG delta spectral power are associated with cognitive function in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease11(2), doi: 10.3233/JPD-202215; PMID: 33361608 
  • Wheelock, M.D., Goodman, A.M., Harnett, N. G., Wood, K. H., Mrug, S., Granger, D.A. & Knight, D. C. (2021). Sex-related differences in stress reactivity and cingulum white matter. Neuroscience459, 118-128. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2021.02.014  PMID: 33588003  
  • Amara, A.W., Wood, K.H., Joop, A., Memon, R.A., Pilkington, J., Tuggle, C., Reams, J., Hurt, C.P., Cutter, G., Bamman, M.M. (2020). Randomized, controlled trial of exercise on objective and subjective sleep in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 35(6), 947-958. doi: 10.1002/mds.28009  PMID: 32092190
  • Harnett, N. G., Wheelock, M. D., Wood, K. H., Goodman, A. M., Mrug, S., Elliot, M., Schuster, M., Tortolero, S., Knight, D. C. (2019). Negative life experiences contribute to racial differences in the neural response to threat. NeuroImage, 202, 1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116086 PMID: 31401241 PMCID: PMC6819267  
  • Orem, T. R.*, Wheelock, M. D., Goodman, A.M., Harnett, N. G., Wood, K.H., Gossett, E.W., Granger, D.A., Mrug, S., Knight, D. C. (2019). Amygdala and prefrontal cortex activity varies with individual differences in the emotional response to psychosocial stress. Behavioral Neuroscience, 133(2), 203-211. doi: 10.1037/bne0000305 PMID: 30907618 
  • Wheelock, M.D., Rangaprakash, D., Harnett, N.G., Wood, K.H., Orem, T.R.*, Mrug, S., Granger, D.A., Deshpande, G., Knight D.C. (2018) Psychosocial stress is associated with reactivity is associated with decreased whole brain network efficiency and increased amygdala centrality. Behavioral Neuroscience, 132(6), 561-572. doi: 10.1037/bne0000276 PMID: 30359065 PMC6242743 
  • Harnett, N.G., Wheelock, M.D., Wood, K.H., Goodman, A.M., Mrug, Knight, D.C. (2018) Trauma exposure acutely alters neural function during Pavlovian fear conditioning. Cortex, 109, 1-13, doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2018.08.015 PMID: 30265859 
  • Gossett, E.W., Wheelock, M.D., Goodman, A.M., Orem, T.R.*, Harnett, N.G., Wood, K.H., Mrug, S., Granger, D.A., Knight, D.C. (2018). Anticipatory stress associated with functional magnetic resonance imaging: Implications for psychosocial stress research. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 125, 35-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2018.02.005 PMID: 29454000 PMC5842805 
  • Kelly, N.A.†, Wood, K.H.†, Allendorfer, J.B., Ford, M.P., Bickel, C.S., Marstrander, J., Amara, A.W., Anthony, T., Bamman, M.M., Skidmore, F.M. (2017). High-intensity exercise acutely increases substantia nigra and prefrontal brain activity in Parkinson’s disease. (†equal contribution). Medical Science Monitor, 23, 6064-6071. doi: 10.12659/msm.906179 PMID: 29273705 PMC5747933 
  • Ford, K.J., Joop, A., Memon, R.A., Wood, K.H., Ball, K., Cutter, G.R., Schwebel, D.C., Amara, A.W. (2017) Pedestrian safety in patients with Parkinson’s disease: A case-control study. Movement Disorders, 32(12), 1748-1755. doi: 10.1002/mds.27124 PMID: 28976016 PMC5732050  
  • Harnett, N., Wood, K.H., Ference, E., Reid, M., Lahti, A., Knight, A., Knight, D.C. (2017). Glutamate/glutamine concentrations in the dorsal anterior cingulate vary with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. Journal of Psychiatric Research91,169-176. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.04.010 PMID: 28478230

*denotes undergraduate students