Dr Rachael Wood

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer


Dr Wood is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Public Health Scotland; a Senior Clinical Research Fellow within the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre based across the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and Child Life and Health within the University of Edinburgh; and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer within the University of Edinburgh Centre for Population Health Sciences.

Within Public Health Scotland, Dr Wood is responsible for national data on children’s health and director of the national congenital anomaly register (CARDRISS).  Her role involves developing national data, overseeing national statistics publications, providing information to support health policy and service development and evaluation, and supporting the use of Public Health Scotland data for research purposes.

Within the University, Dr Wood conducts research on child public health, with a particular focus on child development and neurodevelopmental conditions affecting children.  Her research often involves the use of routinely available data.

Prior to her current roles, Dr Wood held a CSO Clinical Academic Training Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh from 2007 to 2011.  During her fellowship she undertook a PhD examining changes made to Scotland’s child health programme in 2005.  Dr Wood graduated in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1993.


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh.Changing child health surveillance in Scotland: an exploration of the impact on preventive health care of pre-school children

Master of Public Health, University of Glasgow

Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, MFPH

Diploma in Child Health, DCH

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, DTM&H

Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Research summary

Dr Wood’s research interests focus on child public health, in particular on protecting and promoting child development and on improving the outcomes of children with neurodevelopmental conditions.

Research activities

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