Danielle Wood, Ph.D.

Community-Based Research and Impact Assistant Director
Office Phone: 
574-631-1442
Office Address: 
154 Geddes Hall

Danielle Wood is the assistant director for Community-Based Research and Impact at the Center for Social Concerns. Professor Wood provides education and facilitation to the University and to community partners on community-based research principles and practices, as well as works directly with local organizations to help them to identify and frame research needs. In support of that work, she also directs the Ganey Community-Based Research Seed Grant Program and the Food for Thought Series, fostering partnerships in community-based research. Professor Wood teaches interdisciplinary courses, including community-based research and community development. 

Professor Wood received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in public management. She also holds her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.S. from Purdue University. Her dissertation research examined how quality of life and sustainability indicator systems have been used to facilitate change in local communities, and how engagement strategies, organizational capacities, and structural design are part of building collective impact. Professor Wood has research interests in community engagement, asset-based community development, collective impact, and resilience planning and evaluation. Prior to her work with the Center, she worked in the nonprofit sector and in planning, research, and evaluation across a variety of sectors.