University names building after world-renowned psychologist
TWU’s Board of Regents today voted to rename the Human Development Building (HDB) on the university’s Denton campus for Richard W. Woodcock, Ph.D., whose series of tests for cognition, achievement and reading have set the worldwide standard for psychological assessment.
“We are naming our historic HDB building ‘Woodcock Hall’ for Dr. Woodcock’s significant scholarship and extraordinary generosity,” said Chancellor Carine M. Feyten.
Woodcock Hall will be home to the Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice, the Women’s Health Institute and the Counseling and Development Center, as well as health science labs, career services, women’s studies, the Family Sciences department and academic outreach.
“Two years ago we were honored to have one of the most prolific and influential figures in the field of applied psychological assessment join our research faculty,” said Feyten, noting that Woodcock is the author of the world-renowned Woodcock-Johnson ® tests of achievement and cognitive abilities; the Bateria III Woodcock-Munoz®, Dean-Woodcock ™ Neuropsychological Battery and the Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey ®-Revised.
He also has published more than 135 professional books and articles.
“Dr. Woodcock’s lifelong contribution through his tests of cognitive abilities, academic achievement, language development and adaptive behavior, to name a few, have touched the lives of millions of children and their families for more than a half century,” Feyten added. “We are thrilled he has joined our TWU family, and Woodcock Hall will forever stand for his incredible life’s work.”
TWU’s new Woodcock Institute is an outgrowth of a $10 million gift from the Woodcock-Munoz Foundation in 2015--the largest in university history. Since then, Woodcock has continued to contribute royalties from one of his psychological tests.
Since the founding of the Woodcock Institute at Texas Woman’s, Woodcock and Dan Miller, executive director of the Institute, have wasted no time advancing the Institute’s mission of interdisciplinary, contemporary cognitive assessment and application of evidence-based research to clinical practice. Together they have hosted a national conference on the need to develop standards of practice for assessing children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing; funded nearly a dozen research grants and two dissertation awards from coast-to-coast; and collaborated with psychologists to research cognitive profiles of individuals with learning disabilities, neuropsychological conditions, behavioral and psychiatric disorders and giftedness.
Texas Woman’s University is the largest public university in the nation primarily for women and has an enrollment of approximately 15,600 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 88,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation, including nursing, health care, education and business. Committed to transformational learning, discovery, and service in an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, Texas Woman’s inspires excellence and a pioneering spirit. For more information, visit www.twu.edu or call (940) 898-2000.