Susan Wood is Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Environmental and Occupational Health. She is also the Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health.
On Capitol Hill, in the Department of Health and Human Services, and now at SPHHS's Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy, in the Department of Health Policy, and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, Professor Susan Wood has dedicated her career to applying scientific evidence to health policy decision making. She joins the School from the FDA, where she was Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health and Director of the Office of Women's Health until 2005, when she resigned on principle over the continued delay in approving emergency over-the-counter contraception.
A long-time champion of women's health, Dr. Wood previously served as Director for Policy and Program Development at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. Prior to joining DHHS, Dr. Wood was an AAAS Congressional Fellow and then Deputy Director of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. In that capacity, she was directly involved with policy initiatives and legislative proposals designed to advance biomedical research, women's health, family planning and health care reform. Professor Wood has been honored with the FDA Commissioner's Special Citation (2004), the DHHS Secretary's Distinguished Service Award (2003) and the Keystone Award in Women's Health Research (2000), among other awards.