Dr. Latasha Woods joined the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development in 2017 and is completing a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology. At the Center, Dr. Woods engages in both clinical and research activities, specializing in working with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their caregivers. She holds a doctoral degree in school psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Emory University School of Medicine (Pediatrics) through the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Woods’ recent clinical training has emphasized evaluating and diagnosing individuals with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also certified as a therapist through the RUBI Autism Network and provides coaching and support to families of children with ASD to address co-occurring challenging behaviors. With regard to research, Dr. Woods is interested in early identification of ASD in underserved populations, parent-mediated interventions designed to improve disruptive behavior and academic performance, as well as understanding sources of resiliency in African-American families of children with ASD.
Prior to completing her doctoral training, Dr. Woods was employed as a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) in public school districts in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi for more than 10 years. While working in schools, she conducted diagnostic assessments with preschool and school-age children, delivered short-term counseling services to students, provided consultation services to teachers around instructional practices and student concerns, and engaged in systems-level change efforts to address the needs of students who were at-risk for school failure. Dr. Woods began her career as a classroom teacher who taught elementary and middle school students in both general and special education settings.