John Leonard Woodard (dt6056)

University information

Title: Professor
Unit: Psychology
Department: College of Liberal Arts & Science

Contact information

5057 Woodward, 7th FL
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Detroit, 48202

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Title: Professor of Psychology
Phone: 313-577-5838
Fax: 313-577-7636

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

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

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications: 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), "Immune Mechanisms Underlying the Neuroprotective Effects of Physical Activity in Human and Mouse Models of Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's Disease" (Co-Investigator)

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)



Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019-2020, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2007

Selected publications:

Kadey, KR+, Woodard, JL, Moll, A+, Nielson, KA, Smith, JC, Rao, SM (2021). Interactive effects of body mass index, ApoE4 status, and five-year conversion to mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 81, 189-199.

Bellaali, Y, Woodard, JL, Hanseeuw, B., Ivanoiu, A. (2021). Spouse-appraised memory functioning predicts memory decline better than subjective memory complaints in non-demented older adults at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Feb 22;12:633102. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.633102.

Jordan, LS, Woodard, JL, Pena, GS, Arnold-Nedimala, NA, Won, J, Callow, DD, Smith, JC. (under review). Forward-focused coping predicts better mental health outcomes in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aging and Mental Health, Mar 18:1-9. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2021.1897523. Online ahead of print.


Callow, DD, Arnold-Nedimala, NA, Jordan, LS, Pena, GS, Won, J, Woodard, JL, Smith, JC (2020). The mental health benefits of physical activity in older adults survive the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. [Epub ahead of print]

Hanseeuw BJ, Malotaux V, Dricot L, Quenon L, Sznajer Y, Cerman J, Woodard JL, Buckley C, Farrar G, Ivanoiu A, Lhommel R. (2020). Defining a Centiloid scale threshold predicting long-term progression to dementia in patients attending the memory clinic: an [18F] flutemetamol amyloid PET study. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. doi: 10.1007/s00259-020-04942-4. [Epub ahead of print]

Abraham, M., Seidenberg, M., Kelly, DA, Nielson, KA, Woodard, JL, Smith, JC, Durgerian, S., & Rao, SM. (2020). Episodic memory and hippocampal volume predict five-year MCI conversion in healthy APOE 4 carriers. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Aug;26(7):733-738. doi: 10.1017/S1355617720000181. Epub 2020 Mar 5.

Norman AL, Woodard JL, Calamari JE, Gross EZ, Pontarelli N, Socha J, DeJong B, Armstrong K. (2020). The fear of Alzheimer's disease: mediating effects of anxiety on subjective memory complaints. Aging and Mental Health, 24, 308-314. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1534081. [Epub ahead of print]

Kalscheur, E.J., Kandah, C.C., Woodard, J.L., Song, W., & Seidenberg, M. (2019). Duration of fame and extent of semantic knowledge of famous names in cognitively intact older adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Jan 22. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acy109. [Epub ahead of print]

Martin P, Gondo Y, Arai Y, Ishioka Y, Johnson MA, Miller LS, Woodard JL, Poon LW, Hirose N. (2019). Cardiovascular health and cognitive functioning among centenarians: a comparison between the Tokyo and Georgia centenarian studies. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(4), 455-465. doi: 10.1017/S1041610218001813. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

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..

John Leonard Woodard

Translational Neuroscience Program

Title: Professor


Research Interests:

Neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of memory in aging and dementia; Cognitive and health-related risk factors for late life anxiety; Detection and tracking of sport related concussion; Statistical and methodological issues in neuropsychological test construction and assessment.

John Leonard Woodard

Courses taught by John Leonard Woodard

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