Dr Gary Wood is a Chartered Psychologist, solution-focused life coach, and broadcaster specializing in applied social psychology. He is the author of 'The Psychology of Gender', 'Unlock Your Confidence', 'Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come In. . . Swim Out to Meet It' which has been translated into several languages. Gary is on The British Psychological Society’s ‘media-friendly psychologists’ list and is widely quoted in the media offering psychological insights and coaching tips and as a featured agony-uncle in magazines, on radio and television.
He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught psychology, sexual health studies, learning skills and research methods in several UK universities. As a consultant, Gary has worked on social policy research projects and reports, for government bodies, broadcasting regulators, sexual health organizations, NHS Trusts, LGBT charities and media companies. He has also authored publications in academic journals on a range of topics in and around psychology and health including attitudes, stereotypes, body image, research methods and gender.
Bringing together broadcasting and research skills, Gary has fronted a number of media campaigns, including several for The Learning and Skills Council to encourage adults back into education. He has featured on international, national and local radio including an appearance on BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour. He has been a regular and lively contributor to BBC Five Live's The Late Show and resident, 'no holds barred', sex and relationships psychologist on Radio BRMB's The Sex Factor. Television credits include popular culture shows such as Big Brother's Little Brother, Trisha Goddard and BBC's Money Spinners, and Inside-Out as well topical discussion programmes such as The Big Questions and Sunday Morning Live. Working behind the scenes, Gary also acts as a consultant for the development of radio and TV programmes. He co-created and named BRMB's long-running radio show The Sanctuary.
Gary is in private practice as a personal and professional development coach, trainer and research consultant, based in Birmingham and Edinburgh, UK. In his spare time, he eats, sleeps, reads, and occasionally sings. Find Gary Wood's blog at www.psycentral.co.uk. He is also an active tweeter on @DrGaryWood
Note: He's not Gary Wood the football player, Gary Wood the actor or the Gary Wood who 'died, went to heaven and came back' - he's the other one!