Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Wood, Beatrice

  • Douglas C. BreunlinEmail author
  • Clea R. M. James
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_700


Beatrice Lisabeth Wood, Ph.D. (b. 1947)


Dr. Beatrice Wood has contributed to the field of family therapy, family medicine, and pediatrics through her extensive research, teaching, and writing. Her work explores patterns in family systems and their relationship to child health, particularly in the context of long-term illnesses such as asthma. Her “Biobehavioral Family Model” has been an invaluable contribution to the understanding of the relationship between psychosomatics and family health. In addition, Dr. Wood has served as president of the Family Process Institute and has been on several editorial boards, including The Journal of Family Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Family Process, and the Journal of Marital & Family Therapy. She continues to present her work nationally and internationally. Her career has been remarkable because of its impact on several interrelated fields.


At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wood received...

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  1. Miller, B. D., & Wood, B. L. (1991). Childhood asthma in interaction with family, school, and peer systems: A developmental model for primary care: Review article. Journal of Asthma, 28(6), 405–414.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Miller, B. D., & Wood, B. L. (1994). Psychophysiologic reactivity in asthmatic children: A cholinergically mediated confluence of pathways. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 33(9), 1236–1245.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  3. Miller, B. D., & Wood, B. L. (1997). Influence of specific emotional states on autonomic reactivity and pulmonary function in asthmatic children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 36(5), 669–677.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  4. Wood, B. (1985). Proximity and hierarchy: Orthogonal dimensions of family interconnectedness. Family Process, 24(4), 487–507.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
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  6. Wood, B., & Talmon, M. (1983). Family boundaries in transition: A search for alternatives. Family Process, 22(3), 347–357.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  7. Wood, B., Watkins, J. B., Boyle, J. T., Nogueira, J., Zimand, E., & Carroll, L. (1989). The “psychosomatic family” model: An empirical and theoretical analysis. Family Process, 28(4), 399.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  8. Wood, B. L., Klebba, K. B., & Miller, B. D. (2000). Evolving the biobehavioral family model: The fit of attachment. Family Process, 39(3), 319–344.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA