Dr. Susan F. Wood is a research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where her work focuses on the use of scientific knowledge in public policy. She is also adjunct associate professor at American University in the Department of Government, School of Public Affairs, where she has taught women’s health policy at the Women and Politics Institute since 2001.
She served as assistant commissioner for women’s health and director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women's Health from November 2000 through August 2005. She resigned on principle over the continued delay of approval of over-the-counter emergency contraception by the FDA.
Previously, Wood has served as the director for policy and program development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as the science adviser and deputy director of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Office on Women’s Health.
Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Wood was a research scientist at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, in the Department of Neuroscience, where her research focused on cellular mechanisms of sensory transduction. She received her Ph.D. in biology from the Boston University Marine Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.