Dennis Woody, PhD

Dennis J. Woody, PhD is the Senior Clinical Program Consultant for Optum Idaho.

He previously served as the Clinical Director, from 2013 when Optum’s care management began in Idaho. Prior to joining Optum Idaho, Dr Woody maintained a private pediatric neuropsychology practice focused on adolescents and children with brain injury sequelae, neurobehavioral problems, learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental issues.

In tandem with his private practice, Dr Woody consulted for the State of Idaho, Department of Health and Welfare System and the Meridian/Boise Independent School Districts as a pediatric neuropsychologist. He also practiced at St. Luke’s Hospital, the Mountain States Tumor Institute (Pediatrics) and Idaho Elk’s Rehabilitation Hospital for approximately 20 years.

Prior to these positions, Dr Woody was the Director of Neuropsychology at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Baton Rouge and was a clinical staff member of the Neuro-Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a member of the Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology divisions of the American Psychological Association, as well as a member of the Idaho Psychological Association.

Dr Woody received Bachelors of Science in both Elementary Education and Child Development from the University of Idaho. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana.

He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Montana in 1987. Immediately following his doctoral work and clinical internship with the United States Army, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Schools and Hospital in Minneapolis.

Dr Woody is an avid Vandal sports fan (Baseball, Football). He also enjoys scuba diving, woodworking, socializing with others, reading, traveling, target shooting, and gardening and landscape work. And his hidden talent is that he is excellent with kitchen clean-up (bull cook)!