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Dr. Todd Woodward

Investigator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute

Primary research areas

  • Task-based functional brain imaging (fMRI, EEG)
  • Task-based brain networks detectable with fMRI
  • Network-level Neuromodulation (tACS)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cognitive underpinnings of delusions
  • Treatment of delusions
  • Cognitive underpinnings of hallucinations
  • Memory
  • Decision making
  • Mental health
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Applied multivariate statistics

About Todd S. Woodward, Ph.D.

  • Investigator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services
  • Investigator, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Dr. Todd Woodward’s research looks at the function of brain networks (what do they look like and what do they do?) and how their dysfunction manifests in the symptoms of mental illness and brain disease. This involves study of how these brain networks respond to a range of tasks, including memory, attention and reasoning in clinical samples. To date, this work has resulted in a treatment for people experiencing delusions in schizophrenia called metacognitive training (MCT). We are now investigating how to adjust activity in these networks using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) in over 256 scalp locations with the goal of biasing dysfunctional brain networks to a healthier state to enhance traditional treatments such as MCT. 

Recent publications

View Dr. Todd Woodward's publications on ORCID


Chinchani, A. M., Menon, M., Roes, M., Hwang, H., Allen, P., Bell, V., Bless, J., Bortolon, C., Cella, M., Fernyhough, C., Garrison, J., Kozáková, E., Laroi, F., Moffatt, J., Say, N., Suzuki, M., Toh, W. L., Zaytseva, Y., Rossell, S. L., Moseley, P. & Woodward., T. S. (2021). Item-specific overlap between hallucinatory experiences and cognition in the general population: A three-step multivariate analysis of international multi-site data. PsyArXiv, 10.31234/osf.io/fkbvu

Vanderwal, T., Eilbott, J., Kelly, C., Frew, S. R., Woodward, T. S., Milham, M. P., & Castellanos, F. X. (2020). Stability and similarity of the pediatric connectome as developmental outcomes. NeuroImage. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117537

Moseley, P., Aleman, A., Allen, P., Bell, V., Bless, J., Bortolon, C., Cella, M., Garrison, J., Hugdahl, K., Kozáková, E., Laroi, F., Smailes, D., Say, N., Moffatt, J. A., Suzuki, M., Toh, W. L., Woodward, T. S.., Zaytseva, Y., Rossell, S., & Fernyhough, C. (2020). Correlates of hallucinatory experiences in the general population: An international multi-site replication study. Psychological Science

Roes, M., Yin, J., Taylor, L., Metzak, P., Lavigne, K., Chinchani, A., Tipper, C. & Woodward, T. S. (2020). Hallucination-specific structure-function associations in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: NeuroImaging, 305, 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2020.111171

Sanford, N., Whitman, J. C. & Woodward, T. S. (2020). Task-Merging for finer separation of functional brain networks in working memory. Cortex, 125, 246-271

Lavigne, K., Menon, M., Moritz, S. & Woodward, T. S. (2020). Functional brain networks underlying evidence integration and delusional ideation. Schizophrenia Research, 216, 302-309

Wong, S. T. S., Goghari, V. M., Sanford, N., Lim, R., Clark, C., Metzak, P.D., Rossell, S. L., Menon, M. & Woodward, T. S. (2020). Functional brain networks involved in lexical decision. Brain and Cognition. 138, 10.1016/j.bandc.2019.103631

Jaspers-Fayer, F., Lin, S. Y, Chan, E., Ellwyn, R., Lim, R., Best, J., Belschner, L., Lang, D., Heran, M., Woodward, T. S. & Stewart, S. E. (2019). Neural correlates of symptom provocation in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuroimage: Clinical, 24. DOI: 10.1016/j.nicl.2019.102034

Cassetta, B., Menon, M., Carrion, P., Pearce, H., DeGraaf, A., Leonova, O., White, R., Stowe, R., Honer, W., Woodward, T. S., & Torres, I. (2019). Preliminary Examination of the Validity of the NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery in Treatment-Resistant Psychosis. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 34(5), 981-1003

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