Leila Wood, PhD, MSSW (she/her) is Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Wood is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Violence Prevention. Dr. Wood’s scholarship focuses on community, economic, and school-based intimate partner violence, dating violence, stalking, elder mistreatment, and sexual assault prevention and intervention approaches across the lifespan. Her program of research includes intervention development and testing, program evaluation, longitudinal, and community-based methods. Dr. Wood’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Institutes of Health, and the state of Texas.  Dr. Wood is a mixed methods researcher and social work practitioner. She has over two decades of experience working with survivors of violence and harm.


Indiana University
The University of Texas at Austin
Indiana University

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

  • Domestic Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Elder Mistreatment
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Human Trafficking
  • Trauma
  • Intervention Research
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Community-based Methods