Dr. Emma J. Wood
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Waco, TX

Emma J. Wood, PsyD

Experience with:
Bi Polar disorder
Professional and Workplace Stressors
Relationship difficulties
Self Esteem
Familial Relationship Concerns
Spirituality and Existential Issues
Motherhood Issues
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Perinatal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Infertility and Pregnancy loss
Longterm therapy
Short-term therapy
Issues related to Gender and Sexuality 

Dr. Wood is a licensed psychologist and public speaker. Clinically she specializes in depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, chronic health issues, identity concerns and women's issues. She works with adolescents and adults in an integrative style to achieve life goals and build resiliency. Dr. Wood provides a distinctly warm and engaging style as she works with patients to individualize treatment while utilizing empirically validated techniques and modalities.

As a public speaker and trainer Dr. Wood is enthusiastic, engaging and genuine. She combines relevant research and literature with storytelling and vulnerability to help people both learn and be inspired. She speaks on a wide variety of topics and can adapt her presentations to your organizations specific needs.​
Cirriculm Vita

Public Speaking and Training

Dr. Wood has extensive experiencing providing psychoeducation to community groups as well as professionals in the helping professions. She also provides talks on college student mental health, mental health stimga and resiliency utilizing engaging stories, including her own life story.

 She is able to meet the needs of many different organizations through her highly effective presentation skills that combine current research as well as experiential components that keep audiances engaged. Bellow is a list of professional presentations that have been delivered by Dr. Wood. She is happy to develop new programs to suit the needs of clients. Dr. Wood is open to negotiating her fee dependant of the financial constraints of the requesting party. 
Speaking/Training Topics:
  • Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change
  • Mental Health for Mental Health Professionals
  • Self-care in the Helping Professions
  • The pressures of "mommy culture"
  • Discrimination, identity development and advocacy for persons with disabilities
  • Psychosocial Implications for individuals with rare chronic illness
  • Women's Issues
  • Diversity and Inclusion Issues
  • Multicultural Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health Stigma
  • College student mental health
  • ​Mental health and resiliency
  • Common Factors in Psychotherapy Outcomes
  • Workplace dynamics and health
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Popular culture and wellness
  • LGBT issues
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Parenting
  • Spirituality
  • Other topics as requested
Wood, E. (2016, April). Caring for the Caregiver: understanding and combatting  burnout and compassion fatigue. Training for Methodist Children's Home, Waco, TX.

​Wood, E. (2016, March). From Bearing to Sharing: Discrimination, identity development and advocacy for persons with disabilities. Bear the Difference Conference, Waco, TX.

Wood, E. (2016, March). Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace. Paper sesson presenter for the Association of Women in Psychology Conference, Pittsburg, PA. 

Wood, E. (2016, February). Why did I do this in the first place? The ethics of therapist burnout and self-care. Workshop presenter for the Heart of Texas Counseling Association, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. (2015, October). Psychosocial Implications for Patients with Inherited Colon-Cancer Syndromes. Keynote Speaker for Cleveland Clinic Hereditary Colon Cancer Day, Cleveland, OH.
Wood, E. (2015, October). Caring for the Caregiver. Presenter for Cleveland Clinic Hereditary Colon Cancer Day, Cleveland, OH.
Wood, E. (2015, April). Motivational Interviewing and the Change Process. Invited speaker/trainer for Community in Schools, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. (2015, April). Can Women in the Workplace Have it all? Exploring challenges, benefits and solutions that can enlighten and empower. Presenter at 12th Annual Institute for Emotional Intelligence Pursuing Excellence In Education and Beyond, Waco, TX.
Wood, E. & Abott, K. (2015, March) Thriving in assessment: Strategies for measuring the “unmeasurable”. Presentation author at The 25th Annual Assessment in Higher Education Conference, College Station, TX
Primary Author, March 2015

Wood, E. (2014, March) I Heart Lions: developing healthy self image and self compassion. Invited speaker at Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX.
Wood, E. (2013, February). Freedom from Fear of the “Freshman Fifteen”: Addressing the Development and Prevention of Eating Disorders on College Campuses. Keynote speaker for CollegeResponse® Professional Webinar
Wood, E. (2012, October). Feminist Therapy Perspectives on Women’s Health in the Prevention of Disordered Eating. Featured lecturer at The Rosewood Institute Professional Lecture Series, Wickenburg, AZ
Wood, E. (2012, October). Freedom from Fear of the “Freshman Fifteen”: Addressing the Development and Maintenance of Eating Disorders on College Campuses. Educator/ Outreach panel speaker at the 12th National Eating Disorder Association Conference, St. Petersburg, FL
Wood, E. (2012, March). Size Stigma and Eating Disorders in College Settings: fighting the fear of the freshman fifteen. Plenary panel speaker at the 2012 Binge Eating Disorder Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Wood, E. (2012, February). Pay it forward: primary prevention outreach using a feminist approach. Presenter at Texas University and College Counseling Centers Conference, Waco, TX

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Wood as a speaker on a number of occasions.  Not only is she knowledgeable in various subjects and thoroughly prepared, but Dr. Wood’s disarming personality and speaking style allow her to connect with and truly engage her audience.  From humorous anecdotes to personal application, Dr. Wood has a way of making complex ideas both relevant and relatable. Her presentations are certainly enjoyable, but more importantly, you can expect to walk away feeling as if you’ve truly gained something from the experience.” 

Candice Coulter, MS



"Dr. Wood is an incredibly gifted speaker. I had her come speak to my staff in the Paul L. Foster Success Center at Baylor University, and they still rave about her refreshing presence and words over a year later!  She has the uncanny ability to speak right to the heart, and make an impact that leaves the audience more in touch with what it is to be human."

Sinda K. Vanderpool, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
"Dr. Wood is a phenomenal presenter!  She is highly competent, engaging, and hilarious.  My students love hearing from someone who is authentic and relatable.  I always look for ways to integrate sessions lead by Dr. Wood in the courses I teach and programs that I facilitate because I know that students will listen.  Dr. Wood has a gift that enables students to thoughtfully reflect and respond during her presentations - it is the perfect balance! "
Emily Sandvall, MA
Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science 
“Dr. Emma Wood has an incredible way of depicting the interconnected effects of discrimination, self-identity, and societal acceptance for individuals with disabilities. She has an amazing personal story to share with others to show how one’s disability can be accepted, embraced, and used as an ability to help others.”

Kristen Mainor, Ed.S., L.S.S.P., BCBA
Director, Behavioral and Educational Services
My department and I have invited Dr. Emma Wood to speak on several occasions. I would personally describe Dr. Wood as extremely reliable and versatile given her broad range of knowledge in diverse topics and fields of expertise (gender identity, human sexuality, mental health, grief and vulnerability, etc.). She’s naturally gifted at connecting pieces of her own personal story to theory and the field of psychology. As a speaker, she makes herself accessible and relatable to the audience by being authentic, passionate, and extremely knowledgeable about various topics that affect us every day. The feedback we get from students, faculty and staff after every one of her workshops is generally astounding!”

Jorge M. Burmicky, M.A.
Hall Director, Campus Living and Learning
Campus Living & Learning
"I had the opportunity to experience Dr. Wood’s creative, warm, and engaging style at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an outstanding speaker and professional who uses theory and research to support her heartfelt insights. She can appeal to any audience with her humor and expertise. I highly recommend Dr. Wood!"

Dr. Marisa Moore
Psychologist, University of Pittsburgh & University of Maryland
"Dr. Wood was great to work with in both coordinating and implementing the training. Her desire to know information about staff showed how important it was to her that the training was personalized for our agency. Her training met a great need with our staff and she offered practical, real life examples for recognizing and making changes to create a culture of self-care. Our staff enjoyed how interactive and informative the training was, saying that they got a lot out of it that can be used to better take care of themselves, in order to provide better care for our clients."

Rebekah West, MBA
Staff Trainer
Methodist Children's Home


Dr. Wood is an out-of-network provider and does not contract with insurance carriers. Patients will be provided with a receipt should they choose to submit a claim to their insurance provider. Please contact your insurance company for information regarding your out-of-network benefits. Please note that Dr. Wood is not a Medicare provider and patients cannot file with Medicare for the charges incurred. Fees are payable by cash, check, or paypal. Late cancelations (less than 24 hours) will be charged as a $50 fee. 
  1. Therapy
    Individual Therapy begins with an hour long intake during which Dr. Wood will assess your mental health needs and presenting concerns and will collaboratively, with your input, develop a treatment plan that will assist you in meeting your goals. From the intake session further therapy appointments may be made, and referrals may be given. Typical therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes long. Associated Fees: One time intake session $180 Ongoing therapy sessions $160
  2. Consultation
    If you are concerned about a family member, or a friend, but are not in need of services yourself, a consultation may be right for you. Consultations are 30 minutes long. Appropriate recommendations will then be given. Fee: $60 per 30 minute consultation
  1. Speaking
    One to two hour talk customized to the needs of your organization. Dr. Wood will consult with you regarding your goals for the presentation as well as specific population in attendance. Handouts and resources will be provided electronically to the hosting organization so that copies or digital resources can be made available to attendees. See Public Speaking and Training for ideas on topics previously presented. If you have an idea that is not listed please contact us to see if we can accommodate your needs. Fee: $400- $4,000 plus travel expenses (Sliding scale available for local engagements)
  1. Training
    Up to 4 hours of training and skill building for your team. Organizations are able to provide their employees with applicable and practical information to increase competence, productivity, engagement and work satisfaction. See Public Speaking and Training for ideas on topics previously presented. If you have an idea that is not listed please contact us to see if we can accommodate your needs. Fee: $500-$5,000 plus travel expenses (Sliding scale available for local engagements)

Office located inside UBC building
at the corner of 17th and Dutton Ave


1701 Dutton Ave.
Waco, TX 76706
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