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Dr. Adrienne D. Woods

Dr. Adrienne D. Woods
Phone: 814-863-3762
Office Address:
310B Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Postdoctoral Reseach Scholar


Education Policy Studies


Educational Risk Initiative (ERI)


Educational Theory and Policy


Dr. Adrienne D. Woods is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Educational Policy Department. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2018. She primarily examines who receives U.S. special education services and how service receipt affects achievement and school behavior. Her work also focuses on how educators and parents collaborate within the special education system, the disproportionate representation of at-risk students in special education, and how biology interacts with education and home environments to influence student outcomes.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Early Childhood

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Educational Psychology

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High

Education Types

Remedial Ed

Educational Studies


Individual Difference

Learning Processes


Education Access
Equity and Diversity

Methodological Research

Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Civil Rights and Education
Education Policy

Special Education

Early Intervention
Mild Disabilities

Education History

PhD in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan (2018) M.S. in Psychology, University of Michigan (2015) B.A. in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (2011)

Representative Publications

Woods, A. D., Ahmed, S. F., Katz, B. D., & Morrison, F. J. (2019). How stable is early academic performance? Using cluster analysis to classify low achievement and EF. Journal of Learning Disabilities.

Morgan, P. L., Woods, A. D., Wang, Y., Hillemeier, M. M., Farkas, G., & Mitchell, C. (2019). Are schools in the US south using special education to segregate students by race? Exceptional Children

Morgan, P. L., Wang, Y., Woods, A. D., Mandel, Z., Farkas, G., & Hillemeier, M. M. (2019). Are US schools discriminating when suspending students with disabilities? A best-evidence synthesis. Exceptional Children86, 7-24.

Morrison, F. J., Connor, C. M., Woods, A. D., & Marks, R. A. (2019). Language, literacy and the transition to American schooling. The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood EducationCambridge: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Woods, A. D., Morrison, F. J., & Palincsar, A. S. (2017). Perceptions of communication practices among stakeholders in special education. The Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 26(4), 209-224.


  • AERA Dissertation Grant (Institute of Education Sciences, 2017-2018, $20,000)
  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (University of Michigan, 2016-2017, $32,640)