Richard J. Wood, PhD
Richard J. Wood, PhDAssociate Professor
Director - Center for Wellness Education and Research
Office: ATES 215
Phone: (413) 748-3179
- Introduction to Nutrition
- Applied Nutrition
- Advanced Nutrition & Metabolism
Rich is an associate professor of exercise science and director of the Center for Wellness Education and Research, which has the mission of becoming the preeminent source for best practices in physical activity and nutrition programming for youth.
Prior to starting at Springfield, Rich held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. There he worked on several projects designed to investigate the role of lifestyle modification and drug therapy for obesity and diabetes. Rich earned a PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Connecticut. His doctoral dissertation work focused on the effects of carbohydrate restricted diets on lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular risk.
One of the most notable contributions of this work included some of the first published work about the mechanisms behind altered lipoprotein metabolism resulting from dietary carbohydrate restriction. Rich earned a master's of science in applied exercise science with a focus on strength and conditioning, and has experience as a strength coach with Division III college athletes and professional hockey players. Rich's research interests include the role of diet and exercise in the management of chronic metabolic disease and nutrition and exercise for sports performance. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and playing hockey.
- Certified Athletic Trainer
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Wood RJ, O'Neill E. Sarcopenic Obesity: Definitions, Complications and Suggested lifestyle Interventions. New England ACSM Meeting, November 2013.
- Headley SAE, Wood RJ, Germain M. Lifestyle Modifications in Chronic Kidney Disease: The Risk Factor Paradox. New England ASCM Meeting, November 2013.
- Baystate Medical Center / Western New England Renal and Transplant Associates (WNERTA)– Renal Rounds. September 6, 2013. ""Response of blood lipids to exercise in chronic kidney disease.""
- South Carolina Dietetic Association – Columbia, SC April 2013 (Via the South Carolina Beef Council) ""Feeding the Recovering Muscle."""
- Feinman R, Pogozelski W, Astrup A, Bernstein RK, Fine EJ, Westman EC, Accurso A, Frasetto L, Gower BA, McFarlane S, Nielson JV, Krarup T, Saslow L, Roth KS, Vernon MC, Volek JS, Wilshire GB, Dahlqvist A, Sundberg R, Childers A, Morrison K, Manninen AH, Dashti HM, Wood RJ, Wortman J, Worm N. Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base. Nutrition (in press)
- Headley SAE, Germain M, Wood RJ, Joubert J, Milch C, Evans E, Poindexter A, Cornelius A, Brewer B, Pescatello LS, Parker B. The Effect of Short-term Aerobic Training on Arterial Stiffness and Vasoactive Balance in Stage 3 CKD Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. American Journal of Kidney Disease (in press)
- Cholewa JM, Jakubowski H, Paolone V, Matthews T, Wood RJ, Craig S. Effects of betaine on body composition, performance, and homocysteine thiolactone. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2013 10(39).
- Girman JC, Jones MT, Matthews TD, & Wood RJ. Acute effects of a cluster-set protocol on hormonal, metabolic, and performance measures in resistance-trained males. European Journal of Sport Science – In Press
- Sawyer JC, Wood RJ, Davidson PW, Collins SM, Matthews TD, Gregory SM & Paolone VJ. Effects of a short-term carbohydrate restricted diet on strength and power performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2013 27(8).
- Headley SAE, Germain M, Milch C, Pescatello L, Coughlin M, Nindl BC, Cornelius A, Sullivan S, Gregory SM, & Wood RJ. Exercise training improves HR responses and VO2peak in predialysis kidney patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2012 44(12).
- Wood RJ & O'Neill E. Resistance training in Type II Diabetes Mellitus: Impact on areas of metabolic dysfunction in skeletal muscle, potential impact on bone. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism 2012.
- Wood RJ, Gregory SM, Sawyer J, Milch CM, Matthews TD, and Headley SA. Preservation of Fat-Free Mass After Two Distinct Weight Loss Diets with and without Progressive Resistance Exercise. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders 2012 10(3) 167-174."
- Nutrition and Metabolism Society
- New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine